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WADA SANZO. - [Shikimei Sokan].

Tokyo, Shunjusha 1931 (Showa 6). 195x115mm publisher's cloth case with title label with 160 mounted colour samples on 56 accordian folding card leaves and wrappered book; 178pp and some tables (two folding). The usual browning or offsetting of the card and still a nice copy in the original printed card outer folding case. Colour samples named in Japanese, English and occasionally French or German; two of the tables are multi language lists of colour names. The top edge of the colour cards are gilded and the apparently plain paper lining of the case has a pattern of transparent glazed shapes printed on it. ¶ First edition of Wada's first serious attempt at colour nomenclature. Wada, though at the top of the art ladder in Japan insisted on pursuing new directions and founded the Japan Standard Color Association, now the Japan Color Research Institute, in 1927. In these early years science, art and aesthetics went hand in hand. Yet another significant book missed by the peurile Osborne 'Books on Colour Since 1500'.
AUD 475.00 [Appr.: EURO 301.75 US$ 350.5 | £UK 264.5 | JP¥ 38409] Book number 10422

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