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Iehara Masanori & Shiozu Kanichiro. - [Gakko Hitsuyo - Irozu Mondo].

Kyoto?, Shiga Shinbun 1877 (Meiji 10). 21x15cm publisher's wrapper with title label; [2],40,[2]pp on 22 double folded leaves, two colour charts and small colour squares through the text, hand coloured. A used copy with name on the cover. Pretty good for an old school book. ¶ Second printing maybe. Western colour theory introduced to Japanese students. This was, according to one historian and repeated by others, first published in 1873 but I can't find any copy earlier than 1876. I have read that it is a copy of an American book by Marcius Willson but I think there is some confusion. Willson produced wall charts for American schools that were used in Japan and I suspect that in 1873 wall chart no. XIV was introduced. His accompanying writings on color in his 'Manual of Information and Suggestions for Object Lessons' - the work cited - are nothing like this. In any case he seems to have borrowed Field's chromatics. So it was English colour theory that made its way into Japan first.
AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 219.75 US$ 248.76 | £UK 186.75 | JP¥ 28145] Book number 10829

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