SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Japanese Leporello Album Illustrating Facial Expressions.

An unusual book concerning facial expressions, generally humorous, given in Japanese and English.

N.d., late 19th/early 20th century.
N.d., late 19th/early 20th century.

26 hand-coloured; each panel is 6.75" x 4.75" or 17 x 12 cm. The still crepe paper covers have a typical willow tree illustration; without a title, this work does not hint at the broad trenchant caricatures. The exterior has some light soiling; the illustrations are incredibly bright and vivid. New slipcase to preserve contents. *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Looking to a distance. 2. O my how hot. 3. Anxious to see. 4. Deeply interested. 5. Tears of thankfulness. 6. Followed by a dog. 7. Suddenly awakened. 8. Looking up at a painting. 9. A Coward. 10. O, how sour. 11. Facing the wind. 12. Looking at the sun. 13. Deaf. 14. Frightened. 15. In a hot bath. 16. Amusing grandchild. 17. Whispering in the ear. 18. A stutterer. 19. Bemmbed. 20. Impatient of husband delay. 21. Dirt in the eye. 22. Gaping. 23. Short-sighted. 24. After a family quarrel. 25. Sweet sleep. 26. Thinking of the past.