1924. Item #90797
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 3 #5 May 1 五月一日 第三巻 第五號 大正十三年 １９24 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy paper. 30 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 Okamoto Kiichi, Okamoto, Ippei Takei Takeo, Ichiki Ton, and others. There is also a color illustration page with 2 prizewinning works by 11 and 9-year-old girls. There are no flimsy pages laid in this issue... Quite nice inside and out, with a loose binding, but complete and clean... Remarkable work... Hard to believe this was a childrens' 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.With some foxing. A lovely work.