Glimpses of the Historic Gardens of Kyoto
c1910, Yamada Unsodo

Yamada Unso-Do:
Glimpses of the Historic Gardens of Kyoto and It's Outskirts, Made from the Latest and Best Photographs Taken Expressly for the Publication, Kyoto, Yamada Unso-Do, not dated but ca 1910, 4to (10 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. - 26.8 x 36.5 cm, 59 high quality black and white collotype plates with descriptive tissue guards, paste on Japanese language title on front board, string tied, unpaginated. The plates generally have an image area that measures 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. This is an extraordinary pictorial tour of the important gardens and associated structures in the Kyoto area at the turn of the 20th century. The photographs are well executed and finely reproduced through the collotype printing process which allows for the full range of tone and precise detail. Each plate is preceded by a tissue guard which has detailed information regarding the image in Japanese and English. Additionally, a brief descriptive title is printed in Japanese and English in the margin directly below the image. This work is very similar in quality to the Kazumasa Ogawa Supplement to the Josiah Conder's Landscape Gardening in Japan (1893).

Yamada Unsodo is a noted publishing firm in Kyoto. The company published books, magazines and albums of prints and is particularly recognized for color woodcut prints in it's publications.

This is the one volume of a two volume set. The companion volume titled Historical Gardens in Kyoto, Historic Glimpses of Stone Works was published in Meiji 43 (1910). That volume details the stone work (lanterns, lavers, bridges, well walls etc) associated with Kyoto gardens. The stonework volume contains 46 collotype plates. For more information on that book, click here.

 
Listing of Plates (As Presented in the English Contents Page)

  1. The Shinsen-en garden.
  2. The garden of the Rokuon-ji temple, (The golden pavilion).
  3. The garden of the Jisho-ji temple, (The silver pavilion).
  4. The garden, of the Jisho-ji temple, (Tokyu-do).
  5. The garden of the temple Hongan-ji and the pavilion named Hiun-kaku.
  6. The garden of the Hoshun-in temple, (Donkokaku).
  7. The garden of the Tenryu-ji temple, (1).
  8. The garden of the Tenryu-ji temple, (2).
  9. The garden of the Saiho-ji temple.
  10. The garden of the temple Saiho-ji and the stone named Eko-seki.
  11. The garden of the temple Saiho-ji and the tea ceremonial arbour named Sonan-tei, (3).
  12. The stone garden of the Ryoan-ji temple.
  13. The garden of the temple Seiren-in.
  14. The stone garden of the Shuon-an temple, (1).
  15. The stone garden of the Shuon-an temple, (2).
  16. The garden of the Myochi-in temple.
  17. The garden of the Shin-nyo-in temple.
  18. The garden of the Taizo-in temple.
  19. The garden of the Enryo-in temple.
  20. The garden of the Sanbo-in temple, (1).
  21. The garden of the Sanbo-in temple, (2).
  22. The tea ceremonial room in the garden of the Sanbo-in temple.
  23. The garden of the Koho-an temple, (1).
  24. The garden of the Koho-an temple, (2).
  25. The garden of the Konchi-in temple.
  26. The garden of the Reito-in temple.
  27. The garden of the Manju-in temple.
  28. The garden of the Honpo-ji temple, ( 1).
  29. The garden of the Honpo-ji temple, (2).
  30. The garden of the Mibu-dera temple.
  31. The garden of the Chishaku-in temple, (1).
  32. The garden of the Chishaku-in temple, (2).
  33. The garden of the Ninna-ji temple.
  34. The garden of the Tenju-an temple.
  35. The garden of the Shunko-in temple.
  36. The garden of the Gokoku-ji temple.
  37. The garden of the Entoku-in temple. [2 images]
  38. The water garden of the Myoshin-ji temple.
  39. The garden of the Tokai-an temple and a noted stone lantern.
  40. The stone lantern belonging to Lord Hosokawa in the Koto-in temple.
  41. The garden of the temple Kodai-ji and the tea ceremonial arbour named Kasa-tei.
  42. Mr. Senke's garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room, (Omote).
  43. Mr. Senke's garden and the tea ceremonial room named Yu-in, (Ura).
  44. The Rikyu-do in the garden adjoining the ceremonial room belonging to Mr. Senke's, (Ura).
  45. Yabuuchi Esq's garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room.
  46. The entrance leading to the garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room in the temple Saio-in.
  47. The garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room called Hanko-an in the Saio-in temple.
  48. The entrance to the garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room of the Tenkyu-in temple.
  49. The garden adjoining the tea ceremonial rocm of the Tenkyu-in temple.
  50. The garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room of the Tenju-an temple.
  51. Nakagawa Esq's garden adjoining the tea ceremonial room.
  52. Muraoka Esq's garden.
  53. Nakai Esq's garden.
  54. Okura Esq's garden.
  55. Hayashi Esq's garden, (1).
  56. Hayashi Esq's garden, (2).
  57. Makino Esq's garden.
  58. Date Esq's garden and the noted stone lantern.
  59. Tanaka Esq's villa.

Title Page

 
Contents Page (English Version)

 
Contents Page (Japanese Version)

 
Example of Descriptive Tissue Guard

 
Examples of Seven Plates


(only plate with more than one image)

Closeup of Collotype Plate

 



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