童解英語圖會 . 初帙 = The pictoral English and Japan language / 弄月亭陳人抄撮 ; 蕙齋閑人圖畫.

Dōkai Eigo zue. shochitsu = The pictoral English and Japan language / Rōgetsutei Chinjin shōsatsu ; Keisai Kanjin zuga.

Author
Format
Book
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
Published/​Created
  • Tōkyō : Bun'eidō shi, Meiji 3 [1870]
  • 東京 : 文永堂梓, 明治3 [1870]
Description
18 leaves : illustrations ; 18 cm

Details

Subject(s)
Japanese languageDictionaries, JuvenileEnglish [Browse]
Illustrator
Library of Congress genre
Picture dictionaries [Browse]
Summary note
This illustrated dictionary begins with an introduction by the compiler, who hopes that this humorous collection will contribute in some small way to international communication and the modernization of Japan. Each vocabulary word is provided in English, Japanese, and a transliteration of the English into hiragana, along with an illustration. What makes this volume unusual is that it comes almost entirely out of a Japanese cultural frame of reference. For example, the English word "piano" is translated "koto" and depicted visually as a woman playing the koto. A "crown" (kanmuri) is illustrated as the black lacquered headdress worn by the emperor. Instead of beginning with the alphabet, the volume begins with a transliteration of iroha into romanization, even though this poem has no meaning in English. Words are introduced thematically, rather than in alphabetical order.
Notes
  • Title in translation: Illustrated dictionary of English for children, Volume 1.
  • On folded leaves, East Asian stitch-bound style.
  • Cotsen copy: Worm holes through more than half the pages.
Language note
Text in English and Japanese.
Other title(s)
Pictoral English and Japan language
OCLC
754221642
Other views
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