Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (XXL hardback - 1st edition of 6000 numbered copies)
A beautiful XXL famous first edition of 6000 numbered copies, this Hokusai book is a real treasure. If you can visit in person, do come and view the display copy in the 1853 Gallery.
Among only a few complete reprints of the series, this XXL edition pays homage to Hokusai’s striking colours and compositions with unprecedented care and magnitude. Bound in the Japanese tradition with uncut paper, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji presents the original 36 plates plus the additional 10 later added by the artist. This publication paints an enchanting picture of pre-industrial Japan and is itself a stunning monument to the art of woodblock printing.
The prints illustrate Hokusai’s own obsession with Mount Fuji as well as the flourishing domestic tourism of the late Edo period. Just as the mountain was a cherished view for travelers heading to the capital Edo (now Tokyo) along the Tōkaidō road, Mount Fuji is the infallible backdrop to each of the series’ unique scenes. Hokusai captures the distinctive landscape and provincial charm of each setting with a vivid palette and exquisite detail. Including the iconic Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa (also The Great Wave), this widely celebrated series is a treasure of international art history.