Renai kabushiki kaisha [Lovers Co., Ltd.].
Tokyo, Hasuisha 1931.
345, (3)pp. 22 fullpage line drawings hors texte, signed Seidzi.
20,5 x 15,5 cm. Publisher’s remarkable photo-illustrated boards, printed in red and black, original slipcase.
Book design by Seiji Togo. “Togo had achieved recognition in Japanese art circles with his cubo-futurist painting ‘Woman Holding a Parasol’ (Parasoru saseru onna), exhibited at the third Nika exhibition in 1916. This work went on to win the Nika prize. Togo first studied in France from April 1921 until March 1922; he met the leader of Italian futurism, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, along with Luigi Russolo, the Dadaists and poets Tristan Tzara and Philippe Soupault and Pablo Picasso. Upon his return to Japan, Togo was one of a number of Nika artists spearheading a stylistic move toward a cubo-futurist and abstract expressionist style and away from the post-impressionist modes that had dominated the group” (Weisenfeld). Near mint copy, slipcase somewhat dusty and slightly stained.
Weisenfeld, Gennifer: Mavo: Japanese Artists and the AvantGarde, 1905-1931 (2002), pp. 275 n. 16, 279 n. 56