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SAITO SHOZO. - [Nihon Koshoku Rinpyoshi].

 1392491604,
Tokyo, Seienso 1948. Octavo, publisher's cloth backed illustrated boards with mounted engraved metal title on the front and box with title label (box faded, with wear but complete and intact; [14],46pp with 73 mounted colour illustrations, one initialled in pencil. Edition of 300 copies, signed by Saito. ¶ A delightful book: a history of erotic Japanese matchbox labels. The Japanese took to matchbox labels like nobody's business and in the twenties and thirties, when these date from, every bar, cafe and nightspot, salubrious or not, had their own design. One of the volumes of the Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu - The Complete Commercial Artist - is largely devoted to matchbox labels; every designer considered them worthy. Some of the illustrations here are process; most seem to be woodcuts or lithographs.
AUD 600.00 [Appr.: EURO 400 US$ 446.95 | £UK 344.75 | JP¥ 50046] Book number 10158

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