- Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2000.
- 8.5 x 11.5 inches
- 136 pages
- ISBN: 0965608445
- ISBN: 9780965608442
Price: $20.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 130137
The Cotsen Children's Library is home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Japanese books and printed matter for children outside of Japan. At present, this remarkable and constantly expanding corpus consists of over 10,000 items, including not only books and magazines, but also printed games, posters and broadsides, single-sheet prints, panel-theater sets, educational materials for home and school use, and playing cards. There are also numerous other genres of publishing and graphic communications, some of the them unique to the island nation.
These documents date from the late 17th century to the present day and, in terms of provenance, format and content, provide researchers with materials for the study of some important but little known facets of Japanese history and culture. The collection also includes a wide array of pictorial and graphic art which offers an exciting and compelling look at diverse aspects of Japanese childhood.
The items introduced and pictured in The Dawn of Wisdom cast light on the times in which they were published, and upon the methods devised by adults for handing their beliefs and ideals on to their children. It is hoped that this catalogue will stimulate further interest in the background, scope, and visual beauty of historic books and illustrations for children from Japan, one of the worlds most active publishing nations.