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Author
KOBAYASHI, Eitaku.
Title
Children's Games [via Japanese Paintings]
Published
Tokyo: Hakubunkwan, 1894.
Description
Second edition. (11.5" x 9") oblong 4to, or (29 x 23 cm.) Original gold silk over boards with paper label. Moderate edge wear. Accordion or leporello format. Japanese/English text, 13 mounted colour woodblocks, gilt and black spotted decorations in margins. Clean and bright. Depicting Japanese children at play, with a highlight the building of a snowman, or perhaps playing with a top? A nice, unusual item. There is a scene for every month of that year, alternating boys games with that of the girls.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Children building a snowman.
2. Children playing in a park by a lake.
3. Children, whilst catching butterflies and insects, run after a startled hare.
4. Children (indoors) playing 'silhouettes' and watching revolving shadow scenes a coloured lantern.
5. Girls and some amateur singing.
6. Children playing musical instruments and mimic and festival.
7. Catching and studying goldfish from a tank by a river.
8. Catching fireflies.
9. Boys mimicking heroic samurai swordsmanship!
10. Children playing board games. (Sugoroku & Juroku-Musashi)
11. Children blowing 'bubbles' & spinning a wooden top with string.
12. Children playing a form of Badminton or 'Battledore &. Shuttlecock.'
13. Japanese Festive Gifts.
Hand coloured plates
13
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
Art, Children, Japan
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
1368