1971. Item #89316
[MIMEOGRAPH/STENCIL ART] Wakayama Yasoji, poet and artist. Bo^chu^ Kanpon Sono ni, ESASHI NO SHIGEJIRO^, ANI. To^kyo^, Seienso^. 1971. #81 of 150 copies, signed by Wakayama. Small western-bound half leather and printed cloth volume, illustrated by Wakayama in his own technique of stencil art, named ko^han. 12 x 13 cm. The fine art printmaking technique of kohan was developed in 1941 by Wakayama [1903-83], a close associate of Onchi Koshiro. He was an enormously prolific single sheet printmaker using color woodblock and kohan, but this charming little volume is one of his scarce and wonderful artist' books. The second of the series, roughly translated as "Books done for fun during a hectic life" It is a fictional record of an exchange of letters with an older brother in Esashi. It is in excellent condition throughout, in the original decorative box and the outer publisher's shipping box, as well.