Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 5 #7 July 七月 第五巻 第七號 1926 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy paper. 36 pages including outside and inside front and rear wrappers, No flimsy pages in this copy (missing?). Japanese text with hiragana, katakana, and furigana and illustrated stories, songs, and poems for children, many double-page... No colophon... Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations. There are many illustrations by Kiyohara Hitoshi, Itô Takashi, Honda Shôtarô, Shimizu Yoshio, Suzuki Kinbei, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, and many others. Binding weak, covers soiled, Top of back cover torn away. but internally lovely. 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. With childrens' own poems and drawings included. A wonderful artifact at the intersection of high art and popular illustration. Priced to reflect the external wear, torn cover, and missing flimsy pages.