Title Colorful Japanese Children's Brochure, with a variety of color plates
Book Condition Near Fine
Seller ID 006197
Mid-20th Century. 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. 16 pp., including cover, and one of which is a fold-out color plate, with three panels. 12 pages qualify as full color plates, with rich coloring. A few of these illustrations are multi-page -- three are double paged (one of these is more a collage of several illustrations), and one is triple paged. All the other pages have color illustrations, but these are text illustrations, with a more limited palette -- generally flatter greens, reds, flesh and blacks. The brochure looks as if it were assembled by marrying two smaller brochures -- or gatherings -- one being the flamboyantly colored, fully illustrated side, the other, the more text driven, more somberly illustrated part. Because we can not speak to the text, we admittedly are drawn to the fully colored illustrations, which are captioned, sometimes at considerable length, but whose illustrations also speak for themselves. These illustrations are split between those which depict Japanese people or life, and a few which look as if there might have been lifted from German children's chromolithographic literature, such as one showing a milk barn. The most exciting of the images is the three vertical panels of a Japanese theater. The way it is composed heightens an illusion of immediacy. Condition: light wear.