As per earlier entries in this series, this is a chronological survey of the artist's work incorporating glimpses of his life. Miss Ripley is chiefly concerned with the subjects of Hokusai's prints and drawings, especially in their relation to Japanese tradition and everyday existence; there is little attention to style or technique, no attempt at evaluation. A pleasant album, then, and not ineffectual in black-and-white just because Hokusai was preeminently a draftsman and designer rather than a colorist. He was also a maverick who moved every time his house became too littered or burdened by back rent, who changed his name every time he adopted a new artistic principle--aspects the author mentions and doesn't develop. But it is a beginning.