London, South Kensington
23 September 2010
JAPAN -- The Japan Punch. Yokohama: by R. Meiklejohn for the author, March 1884-March 1887. 36 parts in one vol., 4° (345 x 240mm). Illustrated throughout, after Charles Wirgman. (Some spotting, occasional light dampstain and occasional light soiling, a few short tears not affecting the text) Contemporary red half sheep (extremities rubbed, front joint chipped near the spine head). Provenance: an early reader (a few pencilled identifications).
36 consecutive issues of this early and influential English-language Japanese periodical, founded and produced entirely by the English artist and cartoonist Charles Wirgman (1832-1891) '[who] introduced to Japan the European notion of nineteenth-century visual satire' (ODNB).
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