Umehara Hokumei 梅原北明, Murayama Tomoyoshi 村山知義, et al. Bungei Shijō 文藝市場. Tokyo. Shōwa 2 . [Avant Garde]. 21.7 x 15cm literary markets magazine in paper wrappers. July issue,169 pages. First published in November of 1925, this issue of July 1927, towards the end of its run, unleashed its mordant humor on the literary world of Japan. At first solidly left wing and immersed in the avante garde, the magazine lasted for 19 issues, when Umehara Hokumei 梅原北明 (1901-1946) took his interests into even more scandalous avenues and began publishing Grotesque magazine, the heart of the ero-guro (エログロ) movement. This particular issue hints at the direction of Grotesque, with images and essays that explore topics that combine the erotic and the bizarre. Wrappers are dust soiled. Spine heavily chipped with loss of text.