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Volume 3 of The Picture Book of the Journey to the West (Ehon Saiyūki - 絵本西遊記)

Identifier: 1833 Taito II Ehon Saiyu Zende
Description:

Ehon with partial translation into Japanese by Gakutei and illustrations by Genryusai Taito (Taito II). Volume 1.

Illustration and translation of the classical Chinese novel "Monkey" by Wu Ch'eng-en. Part of the translation was made by Gakutei himself.

Reference: The Art of the Japanese Book, by Jack Hillier, Sotheby's, vol. II, pp. 726-29.

According to Hillier, the first volume was published in 1806 and the last in 1835.

The seven women illustrated on page 6 of the Lyon Collection represent the Seven Passions.

The Waseda University Library Links shown above give the publication dates as 1806-1837. There are 40 volumes shown in their collection. Volumes 1-10 have solid, dark blue covers; volumes 11-20 show an army of armed monkeys flying into the air; volumes 21-30 display a lotus flower and leafy pad; and volumes 31-40 have the same somewhat enigmatic cover as found on the one being discussed here from the Lyon Collection. This is a curious bit of information considering that vol. 21 in the collection of Waseda University, the one with a lotus flower and pad, has the exact same images and as this one, but with greatly abridged texts. Curious - different covers and none of the excessively preachy Buddhist text found elsewhere.

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The Waseda University web site says that the illustrations were by Hokusai, but does not mention his talented pupil Taito II.

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