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[Principles and Applications of the] Lever from an untitled series on Mechanics

Picture of Mitsui Group's Western-style Three Story House at Surugacho, Tokyo

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

[Principles and Applications of the] Lever

from an untitled series on Mechanics

attributed to the school of Utagawa Kuniteru II, 1873

Picture of Mitsui Group's Western-style Three Story House at Surugacho, Tokyo


IHL Cat. #766

About This Print

One of eight diptych prints from a series of color woodblock educational prints covering various aspects of mechanics issued in 1873 by the Ministry of Education (文部省 Monbushō). This print discusses and demonstrates the principles and practical uses of the axle and wheel.

Transcription
Sources: University of Tsukuba Library http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/lib/ja/collection/rare-kyoiku-nishikie
Note: The below transcription follows the line breaks on the print, includes hiragana either to the left or right of the Kanji on the print and uses the new Kanji character forms.

right side of diptych:
梯子の一端(はし)を地に支へ之を起すときは労少しと

雖その力を用ゐる所梯子の中央以下にあるゆゑ

多く力を費すべし

left side of diptych:

此木梃(てこ)は一端を

支へ一端に錘(おもり)

掛く力を用ゐる

所中間にあり支

点の方に近つく

なり下の図皆此

理なり

手前の螺旋(ねじ)にて

支へ其近き処に力

を用ゐ先の一端に

物を挟(はさ)み働(はたら)きを

なす

長き板の一端

を地に支へ一端

を器械(きかい)に釣り

中央以下の

処を踏(ふ)み働(はたら)

をなすもの

なり

Prints in the Series

Note: the below prints carry a red cartouche reading 宮木宥弌 臧書 and a red stamp stating 寄宮附木 identifying the collector and donator of these prints to the library as Miyaki Yūitsu the chief priest of Jutokuji temple in Takinogawa, Tokyo. Miyaki Yuitsu collected textbooks from schools and temple schools around the time of the Meiji Restoration, while he was a practicing monk. His collection was reported to be a total of more than 20,000 books.

Principles of the lever and its practical applications (three diptychs)


 

 


Principles of the pulley and its practical applications (one diptych)

Principles of the wheel and axle and its practical applications (one diptych)

Principles of the inclined plane (slope) and its practical applications (one diptych)

Principles of the wedge and its practical applications (one diptych)

Principles of the screw and its practical applications (one diptych)


Ministry of Education Full-Color Woodblock Prints
The newly formed Ministry of Education issued full-color woodblock prints for childhood and adult education between 1873 and 1885.  In addition to prints issued by the Ministry, color woodblock educational prints were also issued by private publishers, such as those of the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education (錦絵修身談 Nishiki-e shūshindan), a collaborative effort of the artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), his students and the Tokyo publishing house Fukyūsha, issued in 1883 and 1884.

For more information on the color woodblock prints issued by the Ministry of Education see the article Educational Color Woodblock Prints (issued by the Ministry of Education) on this site.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #766
 Title or Description [Principles and Applications of the] Lever
 木梃
 Series untitled series on Mechanics
 Artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874) [attributed to the school of]
 Signature unsigned but attributed to the school of Utagawa Kuniteru II 
 Seal of Artist none
 Publication Date
 1873
 PublisherMinistry of Education (Monbushō 文部省)
 note: missing the Ministry of Education publishing seal reading 文部省製本所発行記 [published by Ministry of Education]
 Impression excellent
 Colors good
 Condition poor - two halves of diptych joined, extensive worm damage
 Genre ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishiki-e [full-color educational prints]
 Miscellaneous   
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (34.9 x 47.6 cm)
 H x W Image 13 11/16 x 17 7/8 in. (34.8 x 45.4 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
University of Tsukuba library http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/lib/ja/collection/rare-kyoiku-nishikie
last revision:
1/17/2019 (created)
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