MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Newspaper
DIMENSIONS: 6 1/4 X 9 1/4 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 4 papers; 64 pages with many woodblock prints
CONDITION: Original covers, contents complete, generally good shape for the age.
NOTES: Fantastic and original.
ITEM ID: 1862

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Comic Newspaper Set

Year: 1879
Decade: 1870s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Meiji 12

Japanese woodblock print Comic Newspaper set, the ‘Maru Maru Chimbun’ with satirical woodblock prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika. The complete title of this paper appears at the top of each issue: “The New Japanese Paper, Maru Maru Chimbun,” published in Tokyo, partly in English. The 4 issues in this set are all very early, dating: June 21, July 19, September 13, and September 27, 1879. While there is a lack of political satire in today’s Japanese media, one can see in these early Japanese tabloid style newspapers a candid and sometimes vulgar approach to presenting the issues of the day, in this case the visit of President Ulysses S. Grant to Japan to discuss the revision of the “Unequal Treaties,” and disputes with China over the Ryukyu Islands.There are also articles on religion, politics, and the moral corruption of the elite. A wealth of information for the historian who wishes to experience what the Japanese were thinking in the early years of Meiji.  

Name: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Type: Artist