Tokyo: 團々社, Meiji 14. [March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th1881]. Stock ID #163499
5 issues in original wrappers, illustrated in black and white. Some light even browning and occasional spotting, small holes punched in margin. 24 x 17cm. Good copies. Kibi dango 驥尾團子 was a sister journal of Maru maru chinbun 團團珍聞. Due to Maru maru chinbun's on-going criticism of the government it was often suppressed with fines, arrests, and prohibition of sale and so the publisher started Kibi dango in October 1878 just in case Maru maru chinbun was banned. Kibi dango had a relatively short life with its final issue published in 1883.
The cover of No.125 shows Soejima Taneomi (1828-1905), one of the great politicians of the early Meiji Era. Soejima was appointed as a Senior Tutor to the Meiji Emperor in 1879, but intended to resign in early 1880. Knowing Soejima's intention, Emperor Meiji sent him a letter to persuade him to stay in the position. The title of the caricature says "Sold a sword and bought a bell". (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163499).
Price: $450.00 AU