Tsuji, [Masakari?] [selections by].
[S.l.: s.n.], Meiji 2 .
A charming early Meiji period chart on the reading of western clock faces. The change in Japan from the old lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar was made in November of Meiji 5 , several years after the publication of this chart. This chart was therefore quite literally `before its time`, and was made in the knowledge that such a change was soon to come. The chart has been woodblock-printed in two colours and includes a brief explanation of Roman numerals, an illustration of western children around a globe, and an image of a type of sundial. The title `Shinhen` ("new series") suggests that this is a later, probably corrected, edition of an earlier chart, although no similar items in this format have been located in OCLC or Japanese databases. A colourful illustrated print that aimed to deepen Japanese readers` understanding of `western time` before the switch to the Gregorian calendar.
Original wrappers, upper very lightly soiled, lower stained and with a little discolouration to extremities. Woodblock-printed colour very slightly misaligned in a few places, but contents fine. 1 leaf, complete. Binding measures 17.9 x 8.5 cm. Leaf measures 35.9 x 50 cm when unfurled. Text in Japanese.