KAWAKAMI Sumio, artist JIMBUTSU IROHA EGERESU Tokyo: Hangasô, 1935. Small 4to., 25.5 x 18.3 cm, woodcut printed boards and cloth spine. The title of this book could roughly be translated as "an illustrated alphabet of personalities." 26 full page b+w woodcut vignettes, from Admiral to Zeus, accompany a short English and Japanese description on each facing page. A fascinating slice of the Meiji life of Japan in pictures, an era Kawakami returned to again and again in his art. Very clean, without the slipcase. This work was reprinted in the 70's because of its disappearance form the marketplace. An enjoyable work with Kawakami's usual verve. Scarce.

$450.00