[Japanese characters:] Gendai ryoki sentan zukan [AN ILLUSTRATED REFERENCE OF MODERN NOVELTIES.]

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[Japanese characters:] Gendai ryoki sentan zukan [AN ILLUSTRATED REFERENCE OF MODERN NOVELTIES.]

Description: FIRST EDITION, plates from photographs (and photo-montage), of which a handful colour-printed, the monochrome printing using different colours occasionally, many with captions, pp. 245 [Plates], 46 [Text], 4to, original green cloth, backstrip and upper board lettered in gilt, the illustration to latter stamped in silver, t.e.g., a little rubbed, slipcase, the paper covering providing further illustrations, this rather rubbed, very good

Publication Details: Tokyo: Shinchosha, 1931

Notes: A fascinating cultural primer, showing the impact of Western culture - and others, but Western primarily - on twentieth-century Japan, through a series of photographs which include depictions of various sports and pursuits (Amelia Earhart is shown waving from her plane), architecture, art and film, with a strong predilection for the bizarre. By far the greatest emphasis is given to the female form, particularly dancing girls - Josephine Baker is given the centre-fold - a theme which is continued rather delightfully in the illustrations applied to the slipcase. Scarce....more

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Price: £1,250

Subject: Modern First Edition

Published Date: 1931

Stock Number: 65574

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