Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 1 #8 August 八月 第一巻 第八號 1922 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, 4 pages flimsy, notes to mothers. 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 many illustrations by Honda Shôtarô, Suzuki Take, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, and many others. Early and lovely issue of this periodical. Slight cover wear, else 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. A wonderful artifact at the intersection of high art and popular illustration.