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TSUTSUMI KANZO. - [Manga sugoroku sekai haya nozoki].

Nagoya(?), Shin Aichi 1931. Colour lithograph broadside, 55x70cm. With the playing pieces intact in the right margin, some stains along the top edge. ¶ Sugoroku, these paper racing games, like most genres of Japanese graphics range from the fabulous, through insipid to kitsch to awful to downright disturbing. This one is up the fabulous end of the scale. Tsutsumi - one of the great pioneers of modern manga - takes two young aviators on quick world tour and shows them all the most important things. Curious, for me, is that each stop is not headed with the country name but some quality, some spectacle, some activity. Thus meeting Mussolini in Italy is titled 'hero'; for baseball we see see Babe Ruth knocking over a New York skyscraper; tennis is Henri Cochet in France; film is of course Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood; science is a zeppelin in Germany; war is Chiang Kai-shek in China; manners are learnt in England from Ramsay MacDonald; I'm not sure what the gymnastic penguins in the Antarctic represent. And so on round the globe with celebrity and national stereotypes galore.
AUD 275.00 [Appr.: EURO 175.25 US$ 212.06 | £UK 150.5 | JP¥ 23266] Book number 10773

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