D - Manga Books

Japanese Woodblock printed books of the Edo period are probably best known because of Hokusai`s wonderful Manga Sketchbooks but they were a very popular format with many other artists. They are the original Manga Story Books and they are the forefathers of todays very different Manga Comic Strips. Sometimes they were sketches of the beautiful  countryside of Japan, sometimes they were sketches of the varied people at work and at play and sometimes the books told a particular story or legend. They are hard to find in their original, complete state as they were often cut up and sold as individual sheets to make more profit for careless and greedy dealers.