Dai Toa kensetsu gaho: Ajia no mamori, Teikoku Kaigun.
by SUGIHARA Jiro; 1500
1942. SUGIHARA Jiro, (editor). Dai Toa kensetsu gaho: Ajia no mamori, Teikoku Kaigun. 60 pp. Illustrated throughout with photomontages. Folio, bound in original illustrated wrappers. Tokyo: Nihon Denpo Tsushinsha Shuppanbu, 1942. This is the Japanese language edition of the great propaganda magazine Front, which appeared in some 15 different languages, and is clearly modeled on USSR in Construction. This version combines the first and second number, dedicated to the Imperial Navy and its "defense of Asia". Among the stunning photograph are ones showing the attacks on European holdings in Southeast Asia and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Under the direction of Kimura Ihei, Front used the talents of some of the most important of Japan's photographers. The layout was designed under the direction of Hara Hiromu. Wear to the wrappers, which are loose, and some minor waterstaining, but still an acceptable copy. Heiting and Ryuchi, The Japanese Photobook, No. 89. (Inventory #: 165015)