Ayame-san, A Japanese Romance
of the 23rd Year of Meiji (1890)
by James Murdoch, Photos by W.K. Burton,
Photos Reproduced by K. Ogawa

 
James Murdoch, M.A.
Burton, W.K. (Photographs)
Ogawa, K (Photo-mechanical process reproduction of Photographs):
Ayame-san, Japanese Romance of the 23rd Year of Meiji (1890) , Yokohama, Kelly & Walsh, 1892, paper pictorial boards and silk spine and cords, 8vo (6 x 9 in), illustrated by photographs taken W. K. Burton and produced by K. Ogawa, 77 text illustrations (photographs reproduced by K. Ogawa), 3 of the 77 are full page, 310 pp + 2 pp errata.

James Murdoch (1856-1921). Murdoch first traveled to Japan in 1889 where he worked as a teacher in a series of high schools around the country. In 1893 Murdoch left Japan for Paraguay but he later returned. Although he did not begin to study Japanese until he was almost 50, he eventually became proficient in both modern and classical Japanese. He returned to Australia in 1917 and passed away in 1921. Murdoch is best known for his three volume A History of Japan (London, Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1926).

Concerning the illustrations, the following comment is provided immediately after the title page:

I beg to acknowledge my indebtedness to Mr. K. Ogawa for some of the best illustrations in the volume; also to Professor C.D. West of the Imperial University and to Mr. G. Brinkworth for one photograph each. So far as I am aware this is the first book that has been illustrated with true half-tone photo-mechanical reproductions printed with the letter-press.

 
Listing of Illustrations (no titles, description is mine) I believe the illustrations were produced by the collotype process.

     Page
  1. 1 Sea and Land
  2. 8 Sea
  3. 10 Sailing Ship
  4. 14 Sea
  5. 15 Cliffs
  6. 18 Sumo Wrestlers
  7. 19 Sail boat
  8. 23 Sails vessels in harbor
  9. 26 House
  10. 33 Sails vessels
  11. 35 Sails vessels, children in water
  12. 38 Mount Fuji
  13. 40 Giant Buddha
  14. 44 Sea and small island
  15. 45 Boy with a large crab mounted on board
  16. 48 Young woman with mirror
  17. 52 Three young women dancing
  18. 57 Sail boat in small bay
  19. 58 Three young women
  20. 62 Tree lined pond
  21. 63 Pond with stone bridges
  22. 64 Interior of house, vase with flowers -- Full Page Plate
  23. 68 Three ladies dancing
  24. 69 Lady in kimino -- Full Page Plate
  25. 74 Three ladies bowing
  26. 80 Pine tree overlooking bay
  27. 82 Sails vessel, Japanese style
  28. 84 Male archer
  29. 90 Three young women
  30. 102 Small Japanese sail boat on lake
  31. 106 Woman on balcony overlooking houses with grass roofs
  32. 109 House with grass roof
  33. 122 Three young women dancing
  34. 124 Old man on horse
  35. 133 Swords mounted on display rack
  36. 137 Street scene
  37. 138 Road with wagons
  38. 138 Temple
  39. 142 Woman playing koto
  40. 145 Public field
  41. 151 Japanese sailing vessel
  42. 162 Two women on balcony over looking village
  43. 164 Village
  44. 166 Village with stream in foreground
  45. 178 Japanese woman with koto in background
  46. 184 Mount Fuji
  47. 186 Steam rising from hot springs
  48. 194 Man fishing for shore of lake
  49. 200 Three women
  50. 207 Mount Fuji -- 3/4 of a Page Plate
  51. 211 Young woman
  52. 219 Street scene
  53. 221 Street scene, almost identical to previous photograph
  54. 222 Three women at temple
  55. 223 Young woman reading
  56. 225 Shampooer" massaging young woman
  57. 233 Lake
  58. 238 Old man/woman smoking -- 1/2 Page Plate
  59. 239 Mount Fuji with lake in foreground
  60. 246 Young woman, portrain in profile -- 3/4 of a Page Plate
  61. 247 Three young women dancing
  62. 251 Young woman
  63. 259 Crowd in street
  64. 260 Castle in Tokyo
  65. 261 Street scene with children
  66. 262 Temple
  67. 268 Street scene with banners
  68. 275 Three women standing by a jinrickshaw with male driver
  69. 279 Three women dancing
  70. 283 Mount Fuji with lake in foreground - 1/2 of a Page Plate
  71. 284 Four women, musical instruments
  72. 285 Boys in street scene
  73. 286 Woman bowing
  74. 292 Young woman
  75. 299 Man with ox and cart
  76. 304 Mount Fuji
  77. 310 Young man - Full Page Plate

 

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