Original woodblock print illustrated book - Paper - Samurai - Katsushika Taitō II (act ca 1818-53) - "Ehon tsūzoku Sangokushi" 絵本通俗三国志 (Picture Book of the Romance of Three Kingdoms) vol 4 part VIII - Japan - ca 1842 (Tenpō 13)
This woodblock printed book is from the impressively illustrated series, Tsuzoku Sangokushi “A popular History of the Three Kingdoms.”
This guaranteed, authentic book is in very good condition with excellent impression.
Formal Name: Ehon Tsuzoku Sangokushi
Author: Ikeda Tori
Artist: Katsushika Taito II 葛飾戴斗 (Hokusai School)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th century, is an historical novel based on the events in the turbulent years near the end of the Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history, starting in 169 and ending with the reunification of the land in 280.
The story (part historical, part fiction) chronicles the lives of feudal lords and their retainers, who tried to replace the dwindling Han Dynasty or restore it. While the novel actually follows literally hundreds of characters, the focus is mainly on the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han Dynasty, and would eventually form the three states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. The novel deals with the personal stories, army battles, plots, intrigues, and struggles of these three states to achieve dominance; which lasted for almost 100 years. This novel also gives readers a sense of how the Chinese view their history through a perspective of inevitability. The famous opening lines of the novel summarize this view: It is a general truism of this world that anything long divided will surely unite, and anything long united will surely divide.
Katsushika Taitō II (act ca 1818-53)
A prolific illustrator, Taito II was born in Edo to a samurai family from Kyushu. He began his artistic education under the great Hokusai, who bestowed his own go “Taito” onto his young student in 1820. Taito worked closely with his teacher, collaborating with Hokusai on the second Manga volume in 1815. Working independently in Edo from 1830 to 1843, Taito worked in Osaka between 1843 and 1853. Throughout his career, Taito II’s oeuvre spanned ehon (illustrated books), single-sheet prints, and paintings. For a period of time, he began forging Hokusai’s signature, but was found out. Following this incident, Taito was sometimes called “Inu (Dog) Hokusai;” he also went by “Osaka Hokusai.”
- Original woodblock print illustrated book
- Sumizuri-e (India ink printed picture) monochrome woodblock printing
- ca 1842 (Tenpō 13)
- Regione/ Paese d'origine
- Katsushika Taitō II (act ca 1818-53)
- Titolo dell'opera
- "Ehon tsūzoku Sangokushi" 絵本通俗三国志 (Picture Book of the Romance of Three Kingdoms) vol 4 part VIII
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