meiji typography

Sometimes being a compulsive eBay buyer can be a good thing. Recently I acquired an old chinese book.

The thing that immediately amazed me is the quality and the variety in the pages layout and the typography. Unfortunately I can’t read japanese, so I don’t understand anything about the meaning of the book.

meiji typography
Interesting headers and table layout.

meiji typography
More table layout with cartoon style drawings.

meiji typography
This page is simply amazing, I would really like to understand the meaning of this page to know why the characters are laid out this way.

meiji typography
Just love the illustration on this one.

meiji typography
Diagramm.

meiji typography
Some more freestyle layout.