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    Sale 5316

    Children's & Illustrated Books & Original Illustrations

    18 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 17

    The Japan Punch. Yokohama: 1865-67. 23 issues [unnumbered, but 6 dated 1865, 14 dated 1866 and 3 dated 1867]. Numerous comic illustrations by Charles Wirgman, many full-page, accompanied by printed calligraphy or, in the last 3 issues, a mixture of printed calligraphy and typescript, printed on Japanese soft paper (some leaves repeated). Bound into contemporary cloth boards (rather worn). Provenance: ?N A. Malcolm (signature on some titles); "Obviously brought back from Japan (Yokohama) by my Father's Father, who was out there for some (many?) years. Austin Malcolm, 13/1/89" (loosely-inserted note).

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    The Japan Punch. Yokohama: 1865-67. 23 issues [unnumbered, but 6 dated 1865, 14 dated 1866 and 3 dated 1867]. Numerous comic illustrations by Charles Wirgman, many full-page, accompanied by printed calligraphy or, in the last 3 issues, a mixture of printed calligraphy and typescript, printed on Japanese soft paper (some leaves repeated). Bound into contemporary cloth boards (rather worn). Provenance: ?N A. Malcolm (signature on some titles); "Obviously brought back from Japan (Yokohama) by my Father's Father, who was out there for some (many?) years. Austin Malcolm, 13/1/89" (loosely-inserted note).

    The Japan Punch, which ran from 1862 until Spring 1887, was the first magazine printed in Japan. Its founder, Charles Wirgman (1832-91), was an English artist and cartoonist who arrived in Japan as a correspondent for the Illustrated London News in 1861, and stayed there for the rest of his life. Entirely humourous and gently satirical, the magazine poked fun at the life of the small British community in 19th-century Japan, and was copiously illustrated with Wirgman's cartoons which, in style, are reminiscent of his more famous contemporary, Edward Lear. Wirgman is buried in the Yokohama International cemetery.


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