1944. Item #89241
SERIZAWA Keisuke, artist. SHIKIBA Ryu^zaburo^, author. MINGEI TO SEIKATSU. To^kyo^, Sho^wa 19 . Privately published by the author and printed in To^kyo^ before the disastrous air raids to come. Bound Western-style, 26.8 x 19.0 cm., printed on over 400 pages of wonderful Japanese hand-made paper, with many illustrations by Serizawa. Copy number 32 of the edition of 100 copies. Signed by Shikiba, a noted figure in Mingei folk art circles. The preface notes that this privately printed edition of FOLK ART AND LIFE was made possible by the procurement of the deluxe paper through the good offices of a friend. The "trade" edition which appeared in 1943 had been produced on such bad wartime stock that the Serizawa illustrations had been skipped and are here restored. Aside from a crease on the FFEP, an almost perfect copy, with the original plain dustwrapper, and the publisher's box. Remarkable production from the last days of the War.