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KOBAYASHI, Eitaku.
Children's Games [via Japanese Paintings]

Published
Tokyo: Hakubunkwan, 1894.
Plates
13
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Value
0-5000
Published
Tokyo: Hakubunkwan, 1894.
Ref
1368

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.