1924. Item #90793
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 3 #1 January 1 一月一日 第三巻 第一號 大正十三 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, 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. There are illustrations by Honda Shôtarô, Okamoto Kiichi, Takei Takeo, Shimizu Yoshio, Itô Takashi, and others. There is also a one-page color illustration done by an 11-year-old contest winner. There is a 20-page section laid in at the rear on "flimsy pages", with songs, games, etc. for mothers. the magazine itself is very good, slightly soiled externally. Remarkable work... Hard to believe this was a children's magazine, given the aesthetics and high-quality production...
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. A wonderful artifact at the intersection of high art and popular illustration. In good condition throughout. The binding is a bit loose. A lovely work.