1926. Item #90576
[MAVO] SAITO Hideo, author; OKADA Tatsuo, artist. AOZAMETA DOTEIKYO. The title of this important work is usually translated as THE PALE-FACED VIRGIN'S MAD THOUGHTS. Published by Choryusha of Tokyo in 1926, it is illustrated throughout with black & white linocuts executed by Okada Tatsuo. 8vo, 4, 120pp. +4pp. There are 17 full-page prints and many other figures integrated into the text. With abstract designs in color by Okada illustrating the boards, front and rear. About fine. The covers and spine show only the slightest wear. There is restored paper damage to pages 15-16, which has left a few stains but conserve all the original paper surface and text. Overall, a good copy of this fragile production. No single one of Okada's illustrated works can be distinguished as being comparatively scarce, all five are almost unobtainable. Okada appeared on the avant-garde scene in Tokyo as suddenly and mysteriously as he left. He is believed to have arrived from Kyushu in the early 1920s and, after a run of considerable authority and influence in MAVO and avant-garde circles, disappeared into Manchuria in the middle 1930s. A very important item for any collection of Mavo-related material, it is Okada's most prolifically illustrated work. The bleak power of this work is perfectly representative of MAVO.