1923. Item #90787
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 2 #７ July 七月 第二巻 第七號 大正十二 1923 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy paper. 32 pages including outside and inside front and rear wrappers, There is a page of submitted children's' art, as well. ２ pages of flimsy contain a note to mothers. The colophon is on the inner back cover. Japanese text with hiragana, katakana, and furigana and illustrated stories, songs, and poems for children, many double-page... Colophon on the inside back cover.Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations, many illustrations by Takehisa Yumeji, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, and others. The flimsy pages are a bit worn and torn, but the magazine itself is in very good condition. Remarkable work...
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [The Land of Children] was the finest children's magazine of the prewar period in Japan. Amazingly long-lived, it was published from 1922 to 1944. There were contributions in each heavily illustrated issue by some of the finest illustrators, painters, and writers of the time. Plus a full-page color illustration by a young Ms. Saitô of Tokyo.A wonderful artifact at the intersection of high art and popular illustration. In good condition throughout. A lovely work.