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KAWARABAN. - [Kita Amerika Nobe? ...]

n.p. [mid 19th century?]. Woodcut broadside 33x48cm (originally two sheets?), with five illustrations printed in black, blue and brown. Sometime expertly laid down and since insect chewed. ¶ Fairly deluxe for a kawaraban, having printed colours and fancy borders, this is a handy guide to the pesky foreigners who were beginning to swarm around Japan like jackals around small but plump antelope.. This is near classy enough to be one of the cheap souvenir prints produced by publishers like Bunkindo of Nagasaki who had a good trade selling pictures of things foreign to Japanese tourists. Usually, though, they carry the Bunkindo seal. Kawarabans were illicit illustrated news sheets for the streets and produced by the million for a couple of hundred years so of course few survive. They were produced for anything more interesting than the drop of a hat.
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 186 US$ 217.83 | £UK 159.25 | JP¥ 24145] Book number 10806

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