Atlas of Japanese Vegetation
Edited by Miyoshi Manabu
Each set consists of an outer folder/wrapper, a bilingual (Japanese and English) pamphlet with descriptive comments and collotype (phototype) plates.
Folders. The folders are thin pale green cardboard stock and measure 8 1/2 x 11 in (21 x 27.8 cm).
Pamphlets. The pamphlets have paper wraps and are string bound. They measure 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in (19 x 26.4 cm). The text is printed in Japanese (reading from back to front) and English (reading front to back). A typical pamphlet is 16 to 20 pages of text and associated publication information. Each set has a general discussion of the subject of that set and then specific, plate by plate comments.
Plates. The plates are black and white collotype (phototype) printed. They measure 8 x 10 5/8 in (20.5 x 27 cm). I have noted that plates from earlier sets appear to be printed on thin paper and then tipped to heavy card stock. Plates from later sets are printed directly onto thick card stock. Plates from set XIII have lettering indicating they were printed in Germany. Each plate has an English descriptive caption at the top and a Japanese descriptive caption at the bottom. The plates are lettered indicating the photographer at the bottom left corner (ie "M. Miyoshi photo" or "G Nakahara photo" and the number of the plate in the right hand corner. The plates were printed using the high quality collotype printing process which produces much finer quality images than the half-tone process which was the usual process for reproducing images at this time.
Total of 107 plates distributed throughout the 15 individual sets.
Set I - 1905, "Cultivated and semi-cultivated plants." (8 plates, numbers 1-8) Set II - 1905, "Vegetation of Nikko I." (7 plates, numbers. 9-15) Set III - 1905, "Vegetation of Luchu I, (9 plates, numbers 16-24) Set IV - 1905, "Cultivated and semi-cultivated plants II." (7 plates, numbers 25-31) Set V - 1906, "Vegetation of Nikko II." (9 plates numbers 32-40) Set VI - 1906, "Vegetation of Luchu II" (6 plates, numbers 41-46) Set VII - 1907, "Vegetation of Shinano and its Vicinity I." (7 plates, numbers 47-53) Set VIII - 1907, "Vegetation of Fuji." (9 plates, numbers 54-62) Set IX - 1908, "Vegetation of Saghalin I." (6 plates, numbers 63-68) Set X - 1908. "Vegetation of Saghalin II." (6 plates, numbers 69-74) Set XI - 1908, "Vegetation of Formosa I." (5 plates, numbers 75-79) Set XII - 1908, "Vegetation of Formosa II." (6 plates, numbers 80-5) Set XIII - 1909, "Coast Vegetation of Middle Japan." (7 plates, numbers 86-92) Set XIV - 1909, "Mountain Vegetation of Northern Japan." (9 plates, numbers 93-101) Set XV - 1914, "Vegetation of Shinano and its Vicinity II." (6 plates, numbers 102-7)
Plates from Set XIII (1909) 86. Calystegia Soldanella, R. Br. Hiratuka, Sagami 87. Carex Macrocephala, Willd. (Female Plant), Hiratsuka, Sagami 88. Carex Macrocephala, Willd. (Male Plant), Hiratsuka, Sagami 89. Machilus Thunbergii, Sieb. et Zucc. Pittosporum Tobira, Arr. Daito Kadzusa 90. A Sea Side Thicket, Daito, Kadzusa 91. Pinus Thunbergh, Parl. Calystegia Soldanella, R. Br., Daito, Dadzusa 92. Rosa Rugosa, Thunb. Pinus Thunbergh, Parl., Ukedo, Iwaki (collotypes printed in Germany, printed directly on thick card stock) Plates from Set II (1905) 9. Forest Vegetation Around the Water Fall, Hannya at Nikko 10. Fagus Sylvatica, L. Var. Sieboldi, Maxim, Odaira at Nikko 11. Quercus Grosser Rata, Bl. and Osmuda Cinnamonea, L. Akanuma, Nikko 12. Larix Leptolepis, Gord, Akanuma, Nikko < 13. Forest of Conifers at Yumoto, Nikko (collotypes tipped to thick card stock) Plates from Set XV. Vegetation of Shinano and its Vicinity II. 102. Pterocarya rhoifolia, Seib. et Zucc. 103. Ulmus campestris, Sm.var Laevis, Planch. 104. Mountain Forest near Nunobiki. 105. Group of Herbaceous Plants. 106. Zelkowa serrata, Mak. 107. Upper Part of the Mountain Forest of Nunobiki. (collotypes printed directly on thick card stock)The text portion of this 15 set publication can be found here.