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Ehon Futami-Gata (Erotic Book of Conjugal Eddies)
Katsushika Hokusai, ca.1802-4

3 volumes, 8° (215 x 152mm). 21 double-page and 6 full-page colour-printed woodblock illustrations. Original blue paper wrappers with minor gilt decoration, printed title slips pasted to upper covers (lightly creased and worn).

"IT IS ONLY BY RARE GOOD CHANCE THAT A SHUNGA AS RARE, OR AS CLOSELY GUARDED, AS EHON FUTAMI-GATA, IS LIKELY TO BE SEEN AT ALL’ (Hillier p.507). Only attributed to Hokusai by Hayashi Yoshikazu and Hillier in 1981 and 1987 respectively, the present work is now seen as key to the development of Hokusai’s erotic art from his early works of the Shunro period to his later masterpieces." (J. Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p.507)

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