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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.

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
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(s):
Text in English and Japanese.
Subject(s):
Japanese languageDictionaries, JuvenileEnglish [Browse]
Form/​Genre:
  • Picture dictionaries.
  • Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • Dictionaries.
Other title(s):
Pictoral English and Japan language
OCLC:
754221642
Shōsatsu:
Illustrator:
抄撮:
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