(Tokyo): (Shunjusha), 1931. First edition. Hardcover. g to vg. Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/4"). pp + 2 folding tables (booklet)  + 54 accordian folding leaves attached to the portfolio, as issued. Top edges gilt. Book and folding leaves housed in their original publisher's blue cloth portfolio with title label pasted to front cover and two ivory clasps. Portfolio housed in its original publisher's cardboard box. Scarce first edition of Sanzo Wada's attempt at color classification. Wada was a renown Japanese artist, teacher, costume and kimono designer in avant-garde Japanese art and cinema. He was ahead of his time in developing traditional and Western influenced color combinations, helping to lay the foundations for contemporary color research. In 1927, he founded the Japan Standard Color Association, now the Japan Color Research Institute. The manual precedes 54 accordian leaves containing 160 mounted color samples (size 1 2/8 x 1 2/8") each captioned in Japanese, English, and occasionally French or German. Creasing and age-toning to box. Some foxing to portfolio and endpapers. Minor to moderate offsetting and foxing to wrappers of booklet, with foxing to the first three leaves only. Minor and sporadic foxing to the accordian folding leaves. Text in Japanese. Box in overall good, portfolio in overall good+, wrappers (booklet) in good+, interior in very good, accordian folding leaves and color samples in very good condition.
(Inventory #: 41095)
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