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SUGIYAMA TOJIRO. - [Bunmei no Hana] A Fine Story of Womans Right - the Flower Civilization [sic].

Tokyo, Kin'odo 1887 (Meiji 20). Octavo (19x13cm) publisher's colour illustrated boards and cloth spine; two single page and four double page illustrations. A couple of small insect nibbles in the front hinge, minor signs of use and expected browning of the cheap paper. In all, a near splendid copy. ¶ First edition of this remarkable utopian novel of women's rights in which a couple work towards and see the establishment of two equal parliaments, one for women and one for men. This was written in the period of anticipation for Japan's first parliament, scheduled for 1890. Radical as Sugiyama was, there is a sting in the tail for current feminists: Sugiyama is clear that women should be equal to men in all things right up until they get married. Equality for men and women does not mean equality for husband and wife. Sugiyama published a rush of novels and political writing in the late seventies and eighties. These days he has been exhumed and is kept busy being rediscovered as a science fiction writer. This is a 'ball cover' (boru hyoshi) book - I can't find out why they are called that - the Japanese equivalent of a yellowback: flimsy western style bindings with lithograph covers that rarely survive in such good shape. Worldcat finds two locations for this, the National Diet Library and Berkeley.
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 474.25 US$ 553.13 | £UK 424.75 | JP¥ 62136] Book number 10480

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