~~ Book 1918080120a ~~

Tokaido: Hiroshige-ga Gojusan-tsugi
Genjo Shashin Taisho

(Hiroshige's Fifty Three Stations
of the Tokaido and Corresponding
Taisho Era Photographs)

Taisho 7 (1918)


Condition. The book is in Good+ condition. It is complete. While the binding is solid, the top ribbon tie is approximately 60% broken at the back. The corners are bumped and worn and there are several scrapes and discolored areas on the boards. It is unclear which of the preliminary plates had tissue guards, however, one plate (portrait) shows evidence that a tissue guard was present but is now removed. The book has moderate foxing and soiling and while most pages have a small-moderate amount, it is primarily in the margins. The foxing and soiling is move evident on the collotype plates than the color plates. Approximately 10% of the pages have small tears (less than 1/2 in) in the margins at the bottom or top edge. None of the tears enter the image area. The text pages at the rear are lower quality paper and while not brittle, they are aged/tanned.

Hiroshige Ando (reproductions after his work):
Tokaido: Hiroshige-ga Gojusan-tsugi Genjo Shashin Taisho (Hiroshige's Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido and Corresponding Taisho Era Photographs), Tokyo, Tokoen, 1918 (Taisho 7), oblong small 4to (12 x 8 7/8 in - 30 x 22.6 cm), decorated blindstamped blue cloth with gilt lettering on front board, bound Japanese style and format (reads back to front) with heavy ribbon ties, color illustrated end papers at the front and rear, 55 black and white collotype reproductions of photographs, 1 black and white reproduction of monuments to Hiroshige, 58 color "off-set" plates, a total of 114 pages (112 numbered and 2 unnumbered) plus an additional 40 numbered pages of Japanese language text at the rear which contain 11 black and white text illustrations, 154 pages total. The color plates include a map of the Tokaido (two views on 1 plate, one current and one from earlier days), a compilation of Hiroshige's seals (1 plate), portrait of a man seated - probably Hiroshige (1 plate) and 55 reproductions of Hiroshigie's prints. This book is a comprehensive comparison of Hiroshige's famous series of 55 woodblock plates recording the various stations on the Tokaido in the summer of 1832 with photographic views of the same locations taken ca. 1918.

The index calls the black and white photograph (sashin) reproductions "collotype." The color prints are called "off-set" in the index and I believe that they can technically characterized as color offset lithographs. The color plates are printed on light tan mat finish (dull) paper of medium thickness with a grill pattern embossed into the paper. The color plates are printed two to a sheet and then the sheet is folded and bound into the book in typical Japanese style. The collotype plates are printed front and back. The sequence is two color plates (one page folded) followed by two black and white collotypes (one sheet printed front and back). Following this pattern the plate on one side is the color reproduction of the Hiroshige print and the facing page is the corresponding black and white collotype reproduction of a photograph showing the same scene at the time the book was published. Each black and white plate has a descriptive paragraph in English at the top and a Japanese language paragraph on the side. The number of each view is stated in Japanese at the top of each black and white plate. Following the 55th collotype plate is a collotype plate showing two stone monuments in honor of Hiroshige.

Hiroshige's famous views of the 53 stations of the Tokaido was composed of 55 prints. These included the terminal points (Nihonbashi on one end and Kyoto on the other) and 53 intermediate stations (tsugi). This books presents all 55 views. The year 1918 marked the 60th anniversary of Hiroshige Ando's (1797-1858) death. His body of work was celebrated that year in Japan by numerous commemorative events and undertakings and this book is one such activity.


End Papers




Table of Contents

Maps (2 maps on one plate)

Selected Plates
1. Nihonbashi 5. Hodogaya 11. Hakone 16. Kambara 22. Fujieda 27. Kakegawa 35. Yoshida 43. Okazaki 46. Shono 48. Seki 50. Tsuchiyama 55. Kyoto
Text at Rear (1st of 40 pages) Colophon "Collotype" and "Off-set" Designations (Found in Table of Contents/Index at Front) Close Up, Color Plate (Off-set Color Lithograph) Close Up, Black and White Plate (Collotype) Locales of all 55 Prints of the 53 Tokaido Stations Series by Hiroshige Ando. (The start and end are not counted as stations) 1. Nihonbashi 2. Shinagawa 3. Kawasaki 4. Kanagawa 5. Hodogaya 6. Totsuka 7. Fujisawa 8. Hiratsuka 9. Oi-o 10. Odawara 11. Hakone 12. Between Odawara and Mishima 13. Numazu 14. Hara 15. Yoshiwara 16. Kambara 17. Yui 18. Okitsu 19. Ejiri 20. Fuchu 21. Mariko 22. Okabe 23. Fujieda 24. Ihimada (shore of the Kanaya) 25. Kanaya 26. Nissaka 27. Kakegawa 28. Fukuroi 29. Mitsuke 30. Hamamatsu 31. Maisaka 32. Arai 33. Shirasuka 34. Futagawa 35. Yoshida 36. Goyu 37. Akasaka 38. Fujikawa 39. Okazaki 40. Chirin (Chirifu) on the Mikawa Plain 41. Narumi 42. Miya (Atsuta) 43. Kuwana 44. Yokkaichi 45. Ishiyakushi 46. Shono 47. Kameyama Castle ("probably painted from Kioguchi") 48. Seki 49. Sakanoshita 50. Tsuchiyama 51. Minakuchi 52. Ishibe 53. Kusatsu 54. Otsu 55. Kyoto



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