田中太右衛門. Tanaka Taemon, Meiji 21 [ 1888].
Six pages of color woodblock prints at the beginning of the volume (two double page illustrations and two single page), in text black and white woodblock illustrations throughout, approx 190 pp, 8 3/4 x 6 inches, decorative paper covers with Japanese stab binding and front cover title paper label. The covers are very worn with some paper loss to back and front, light creasing, loss to very top of front cover label with no loss of text; stab binding is intact, first three color pages have some offsetting at the lower outside edges from the red front paste down (very light dampstain to lower back cover), discoloration to the lower corners of the pages from being much thumbed (?), still overall good condition. A comprehensive etiquette manual for women of the Meiji era; the two double page color woodblock print illustrations at the front of the volume show two groups of women - the first in European dress (with bustles) and the second in Japanese kimono - the first group interacting in a formal setting and the second in a more informal setting grouped looking at fabrics. Topics covered in the book include appropriate behaviour in situations such as celebrations, invitations, visits, gratitude, and regrets etc. There are two panels of text on each text page, the upper panel often featuring diagrams for clothing and the occasional other illustration showing domestic arts. WorldCat lists a single library holding at the National Diet Library in Tokyo. Item #56124