東京 (Tokyo): 博美社 (Hakushiba), 1935. 增訂版 (Expanded second edition). Hardcover. Large octavo. Bound volume: 181pp.  8pp.  and, a fold-out. + An addition 57 plates. Tan cloth portfolio with bone fasteners, and debossed black lettering on the front cover. Housing a loose softcover volume, plus a stack of 57 numbered accordian-style folded plates containing a total of 171 color samples (attached to the interior of the portfolio). The portfolio itself is housed in the publisher's original printed beige cardboard box with black lettering on the front.
This is the second revised and expanded edition of Sanzo Wada's massive color reference. Each of the 171 color samples consists of a small painted paper square, bordered, numbered and captioned on the side in Japanese and English. This edition includes 11 more color samples than the first edition, which was published in 1931. The bound softcover volume, which contains significant alterations from the prevoius edition, consists of copious Japanese text and notes on the colors. The 4 pages at the back of the volume contain a fold-out chart in Japanese and three other pages of color index translated into English.
Publisher's box with some light rubbing to extremities as well as a fews smudges and scracthes, but in otherwise quite good conditon. Cloth portfolio with a few minor smudges, an abrasion at the head of the spine, and the remnants of a label at the tail of the spine. Interior of the portfolio and front cover of the bound volume with a few small wormholes at the extremities. Previous owner's insk stamp on t front cover of bound volume and the interior flap of the portfolio. Minor to light age toning, and sporadic minor foxing throughout the text and sample plates. Samples unaffected. Portfolio in, very good, bound volume and sample plates in very good- condition overall. vg- to vg. Item #47050
和田三造 (Sanzo Wada, 1883-1967) was a Japanese painter, printmaker, color theorist and costume designer. After many years with an educational background in both Japanese and western painting, he became a sucessful artist and was in 1927 Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (now Japan Academy of Fine Arts). In the same year he founded the Japan Standard Color Association, out what he percieved as a need for the standardization of color in Japan. Later in the 1950s, and credited as Mitsuzô Wada, he worked as a consultant and color designer for feature films. He won the Academy Award in 1954 for his work with costume colors in the acclaimed samurai period drama 地獄門, aka "Gate of Hell" (1953).