Edo. Suharaya Mohei 須原屋茂兵衛, Eirakuya Tōshirō 永楽屋東四郎, Katsumura Jiemon 勝村治右衛門 , Kawachiya Naosuke 河内屋直助 etal. (Publishers), 1858. New Edition. Stock ID #134210
102 leaves with black and white woodblock text and illustrations throughout. Paper on stiff card boards insect damaged with some loss to characters on paper title label. Four hole stab binding still firm although the string tie has broken in one place. Last leaf no longer adhering to lower cover but otherwise clean and sound. Reference book for Japanese family crests. The main section gives examples of family crests. Each family crest is arranged by name in Japanese alphabetical order (i-ro-ha). Each crest is accompanied by a sign as follows: (▲/●/˄/△/○ mean: a crest with ▲ is formed with 3, 6 or 12 elements; a crest with ● is formed with 2, 4, 8, 16 elements; a crest with ˄ is formed with 5 or 10 elements; a crest with △ is formed with 7 or 14 elements; and a crest with ○is formed with 9 or 18 elements. This useful reference also includes three styles (tensho, square, and happun) of Japanese kanji-form alphabet; 52 Genji-kō patterns which are formed with five vertical lines traditional background patterns; how to make basic geometrical forms and lay crest patterns on them; and examples of cut-out crest patterns from a square paper sheet folded between one and five times. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 134210).