Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 1 #4 April 四月 第一巻 第四號 1922 25.6 x 18.5 cm, illustrated wrappers. Counting the front and rear covers, this issue has 32 pages of color illustrations on deluxe heavy paper. This issue has no flimsy pages and the colophon is on the inner back cover. Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations. There are many illustrations by Honda Shôtarô, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, Yodoshi Motohiko, and many others. Early and lovely issue of this periodical. Slight cover wear, a few marks of foxing, else very good condition. Remarkable work... A lovely early issue.
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.