Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Offset Lithograph


appearing in the magazine Fujin sekai

by Morita Hisashi, 1918

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #2401a

About This Print

This bijin kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold, is bound into the October 1918 "special issue" of the popular women's magazine Fujin sekai (Women's World). This bijin kuchie serves as an illustration for the twelfth installment of the serialized novel Reishō by Tengai Kosugi 小杉天外 (1865-1912) which ran in the magazine prior to its publication in three volumes starting in 1919. 

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Full length novel Reishō (installment 12)
by Tengai Kosugi (1865-1952)
Light of a Firefly
長篇小説 靈鐘 (十二) 

About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e
Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2401a
 Title or Description
霛鐘 Reishō

霛鐘 [挿画] .. 森田久
Reisho [insert] Morita Hisashi

 Magazine Fujin sekai (Women's World), Special Issue, volume 13, number 12 
 婦人世界 秋季増刊 第十三巻第十二號
 Morita Hisashi (active c. 1920s)
ひさし Hisashi
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date October 5, 1918 大正七年十月五日
 Publisher Jitsugyō no Nihonsha
Tokyo Mitsuma Print Shop Rotary Offset Printing
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - bound into original magazine; characteristic tri-fold
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 8 11/16 in. (30.2 x 22.1 cm)
 Collections This Print 
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last revision:
11/9/2020 created