The Great Earthquake in Japan, 1891
Hyogo News, H. Tennant & G. Bigot Etchings

 

 
Hyogo News
Tennant, H. (Forwards)
Bigot, Georges (Etchings):
The Great Earthquake in Japan, October 28th, 1891., Being a full description of the disasters resulting from the recent terrible catastrophe, taken from the accounts in the "Hyogo News" by its Special Correspondent, and from other Sources., 2nd Edition, Kobe, 1892, "Printed and Published at the Office of the "Hyogo News," horizontal 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 7/8 in - 24.2 x 17.4 cm), thick cardboard illustrated boards, spine and 1/2 in (1.3 cm) onto boards covered with black tape, 4 etching by Georges Bigot, 12 woodcut plates, 2 sketch maps of Japan, 64 text pages.

The 4 etchings, 12 woodcut plates and first (frontis) map are on single sheets with the back blank. The sketch map at the rear is printed on the back of text page 61. The printed area of the plates take up from 50-70% of the page. Pages in the book are numbered through page 60. The 17 plates (4 etchings +12 woodcuts +1 sketch map at the front) are not included in the numbered page count.

I believe that the black tape used on the spine is the as issued state for this book. I have seen 2 different images of this book with the same type tape.

Often this book is described as having 60 pages, probably because that is the last page found with a page number. While the last 4 pages do not have printed page numbers, it is clear they are considered part of the text as the "Contents" lists the last page ("Addendum") as page 64. Counting all pages (front and back, printed or blank, text or plates & etchings), the book has a total of 106 pages.

First Edition. The 1st edition of this book was published under the same title in 1891. It is in vertical format. It contained 4 sketch maps, pages designated as i-xviii, numbered pages 1-47 and an errata page. There were no woodcuts or etchings. The 1st edition is archived here.

 
Wenckstern, notes this, 2nd edition, book this way:

Earthquake [The Great] in Japan, October 28th 1891 being a full description of the disasters resulting from the recent terrible catastrophe, taken from the accounts in the "Hiogo News" by its special correspondent and from other sources, 64 pp. with 12 plates from photographs and 4 fullpage etchings by G. Bigot, with 2 maps oblong 8vo, Kobe 1892. (Wenckstern, Part 1)


Sketch Map.
    

Title Page.
    

Table of Contents (Illustrations and Text)

    

4 Bigot Etchings Plates (no captions & back blank):

    Georges Bigot Etching (after page 8)
    

    Georges Bigot Etching (after page 32)
    

    Georges Bigot Etching (after page 40)
    

    Georges Bigot Etching (after page 56)
    


12 Woodcut Plates. (with captions & back blank)

Naniwa Cotton Mill. (after page 4).
    
 
Interior of the Naniwa Mill. (after page 6)
    

Takeshima-Cho, Ogaki. (after page 12)
    

Kisogawa Embankment. (after page 16)
    

The Nagaragawa Bridge. (after page 18)
    

Gifu, Showing the Burnt Portion.  (after page 20)
    

Nishi Biwajima, Owari.  (after page 24)
    

Nagoya Post and Telegraph Office.  (after page 26)
    

Odyi-Mura Owari.  (after page 28)
    

Funamachi, Mino.  (after page 36)
    

Yanase-Mura, Between Gifu and Ogaki.  (after page 48)
    

Kitagata-Mura, Owari. (after page 60).
    


Sketch Map - Back of Page 61
    
	
Collation.

Title page
Back blank

Listing of Illustrations (12 - 4 Bigot etchings & 8 woodcuts)
Back blank

"Preface to First Edition" (Kobe 12th November, 1891, H. Tennant)
Back blank

"Preface to Second Edition" (Kobe 10th February, 1892, H. Tennant)
Back blank

"Introduction" / "Earthquakes in Japan" Numbered "B" (Page 1)
Continues to page 64 but printed page numbering continues only to page 60.

"The Death Roll"
Sketch Map of Japan showing 11 cities and severity of the quake. (back of page 61)

"Area of Disturbance"
Addendum

 
Plates (not included in the numbered text pages).

1 Frontis Sketch Map printed on yellow background.

4 Bigot Etchings Plates (no captions & back blank):

  1. Georges Bigot Etching (after page 8)
  2. Georges Bigot Etching (after page 32)
  3. Georges Bigot Etching (after page 40)
  4. Georges Bigot Etching (after page 56)
12 Woodcut Plates. (with captions & back blank)
  1. Naniwa Cotton Mill. (after page 4).
  2. Interior of the Naniwa Mill. (after page 6)
  3. Takeshima-Cho, Ogaki. (after page 12)
  4. Kisogawa Embankment. (after page 16)
  5. The Nagaragawa Bridge. (after page 18)
  6. Gifu, Showing the Burnt Portion. (after page 20)
  7. Nishi Biwajima, Owari. (after page 24)
  8. Nagoya Post and Telegraph Office. (after page 26)
  9. Odyi-Mura Owari. (after page 28)
  10. Funamachi, Mino. (after page 36)
  11. Yanase-Mura, Between Gifu and Ogaki. (after page 48)
  12. Kitagata-Mura, Owari. (after page 60).

Page* Count (includes blank pages): 8 (unnumbered prelimenary pages) + 64 (numbered text pages) + 17 (etchings (4) and woodcut (12) plates + (1) frontis sketch map) + 17 (blank backs of etchings, woodcut plates and map= 106 pages total.

*Each sheet in the book is 2 pages (front & back). The page count is 106 pages on 53 sheets.

 


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