1937. Item #90431
Kodomo No Kuni. コドモノクニ. Vol. 16 #11 第十六巻 第十一號. Showa 12 . Tokyo. Tokyosha.25 x 25.5cm large format children’s full color illustrated magazine published in Japan from 1922 to 1944. Japanese text with hiragana, katakana and furigana. Illustrated stories for children, many double page, and a 6 page educational section for parents.
Editor Takei Takeo was a seminal figure in “The Land of Children” and his wide contacts throughout the artistic and literary worlds ensured that the magazine was the first of its kind. His artwork is justly famous and utterly charming.
Color front wrapper art by Yamashita Kenichi 山下謙一 with very appealing double page images by painter, woodblock artist and illustrator Hatsuyama Shigeru 初山滋 (1897-1973) and artist, writer and activist Murayama Tomoyoshi 村山知義 (1901 - 1977). Other contributing artists include Kurita Jirō 栗田次郎, Yokoi Fukujirō 横井福次郎, Kimura Toshinori 木村俊徳, Kurosaki Yoshike 黒崎義介 and Nagajima Shigejirō 長島重二郎.
Foxing to front and rear wrappers. Chipping at bottom on some pages and front wrapper. Owner’s name is handwritten in the appropriate box on rear wrapper.