Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Author: Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - "Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 28 & 41 - Japan - 1852/1858/1862

Description
Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Author: Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - "Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 28 & 41 - Japan - 1852/1858/1862
Fair condition, see description

Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Author: Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - 'Shaka hassō Yamato bunko' 釋迦八相倭文庫 ('A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha') vol. 28 (parts I and II) and 41 (parts I and II) - Japan - 1852/1858/1862

Author: Mantei Oga
Late Edo (1603-1868), early Meiji (1868-1912) Period
'A Japanese Version of the Life of the Buddha'
The serialised novel 'Shaka hasso Yamato bunko' recounts the life of the Buddha.
Written by Mantei Oga (1818-1890), it was published between 1845 and 1871, comprising 58 volumes. The novel presents episodes from the life of the Buddha, including stories from his life as Prince Siddhartha.
The front covers of two booklets form diptychs.
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) designed the covers until his death, while the text was accompanied by illustrations by his successor, Utagawa Kunisada II (1823 -1880), and Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889).
These are Kusazoshi, woodblock print books, small and thin books aimed at a popular audience.
The paper is thin and fragile, and the books usually have marks in the lower corners from moistened fingertips, and wormholes.
The copies on offer are in good condition, with the covers clean and only a few wormholes.

Lot details
Total nr of items
4
Object
Original woodblock print illustrated books
Technique
Woodblock printing
Material
Paper
Period
1852/1858/1862
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Author: Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880)
Theme/ depiction
Buddha
Title of artwork
"Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 28 & 41
Condition
Fair condition, see description
Dimensions
17×11×0 cm
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