Wa-ei Shoko Taiwa-shu, First volume

On exhibit


No. 20781

One of the Nagasaki-machi versions, which are the origin of letterpress printing in Japan. Motoki Shozo published this book under the name of Shiota Kohachi. It is said to be the oldest existing printed material by him. It was a collection of conversations necessary for business transactions in Japanese and English, and was later translated and published in England and the Netherlands. Cast-metal types were used for European texts, woodblocks were used for Japanese texts, and a glimpse of great efforts for double-printing by letterpress and woodblock printing can be seen in this book.