== Book 1898031016 ==
Japanese Art Folio
Part 1 - Fair
General Comments Regarding Condition. Below in the listing of each individual part, I detailed specific comments regarding each part in addition to the rating. It should be noted that these are large items and the majority of the pages are thin rice paper type paper. Minor creasing and small marginal tears are found throughout and I consider them the norm. There is scattered light foxing but it is minimal and does not significantly detract from the appearance. It also appears these parts were distributed/ shipped individually as a monthly periodical, that process has taken a toll also. The 12 parts would benefit greatly by a being bound into a single volume.
The present publication is undertaken to facilitate the study of Japanese art and to satisfy in a modest way the desire of many who cannot enjoy the privilege of seeing the originals.
Unless noted otherwise:
Page Size - Folio size. All pages are 13 x 19 in - 33 x 48.5 cm.
Covers/Binding - The covers are medium thickness paper wraps. Under the paper wraps the illustrations are tied together by three staples. The lettering on the front cover is in red or black. The same lettering is on the back cover but it is only in red/black outline. The actual part number is not printed on the cover. The covers are very flimsy and tears along the spine are the norm.
Title Page - All title pages have the following: Japanese Art Folio, Editor, H. Shugio, Photographed and Collotyped by K. Ogawa, F.R.P.S, Colored Plate by T. Tamura, Published by K. Ogawa, No 13 Hiyoshicho, Shinbashi, Tokyo, Japan, Printed at the Tokyo Tsukiki Type Foundry. Part VIII has the additional information: Sold by Kelly & Walsh, Limited, Yokohama, HongKong, Shanghai & Singapore.
Contents Page - Gives the Part number and lists the illustrations. The illustrations run in sequence from I-LXII (1-72). There are actually 73 pages of plates. The index lists XLV as one plate but there are actually two separate plates. The series of 12 parts contains 73 full page plates.
Tissue Guards - All plates are tissue guard protected. On the side of the tissue guard away from the plate, there is the full title of the art, the artist and the collection where the art is housed. After this there is a one paragraph about the artist, characterisits of their work and sometimes a comment on the particular work pictured.
Color Plate at Front of Each Part - Each color plate is on thick stock paper. They appear to me to be hand colored collotypes although the process might be some form of mechanical process. Image areas are generally 7 1/2 x 13 1/4 in - 19 x 33.7. The image is sunk in to the paper as is impressed by a die under heavy pressure. Colors are sharp and vivid. There is no blank separation page behind these plates as found with the collotypes. No lettering or titles have been added to the plates.
Black and White Collotypes - Each collotype plate is on thin rice type paper. It is protected by a tissue guard (same type of paper) which has the title of the picture and information regarding the artist and the art work. Behind the collotye on thin paper there is a thicker piece of blank paper for separation. When a collotype is on medium thickness paper, the blank page is not present. The last page in each part appears to be a colophon. Size of the image areas vary. The small image area would be 7 x 10 3/4 in - 18 x 27 cm. Some are much large and cover 80% of the page. No lettering or titles have been added to the plates.
Advertisement - In Parts III, IV & VI-XII there is an advertisement for the Japanese Art Folio. Rates are listed at 1.50 yen for a single copy, 8.10 yen for 6 months and 15.30 for 1 year. Delivery charges are set forth also. This page lists K. Ogawa, Publisher, 13, Hiyoshicho, Kiobashi, Tokio, Japan, Telephone Honkioku 1392. Part VI has a taped on correction to the Japanese text (colophon, I believe).
Examples of Plates, From Part I
Detail Listing of All Plates
Part I. Plate I -- A Female Figure by Shunsho Plate II -- A Fancy Portrait of Laotsu, by Sesshiu (thin paper) Plate III -- A Mountain Stream, by Motonobu Plate IV -- A Fancy Portrait of Iima, by Korin Plate V -- Autumn Flowers. by Hoitsu Plate VI -- Morning Glories, by KiitsuCondition -- Part I - Fair Cover detached Preface page detached Colophon page detached Back cover detatchedPart II. Plate VII -- A woman on bench (colored wood engraving) by Choshun Plate VIII -- Landscape, by Shokei (Keishoki) - medium paper Plate IX -- A Bird and Lotus, by Sesson Plate X -- A Hawk and Tree, by Yusho Plate XI -- Landscape, by Tanyu - medium paper Plate XII -- Love-birds under willow tree, by ZeshinCondition -- Part II - Very Good+ No faults.Part III. Plate XIII -- "Shidsuka" at dance (colored wood engraving) by Ritsuo Plate XIV -- Landscape by Yeitoku Plate XV -- The "Goddess of Music" by Yukinobu Plate XVI -- "Haha" bird, by Kenzan Plate XVII -- "Rinwasei" by Ganku Plate XVIII -- The Poetess Murasaki Shikibu, by YosaiCondition -- Part III - Very Good+ Back cover - bottom right coner bent overPart IV. Plate XIX -- A Female Figure by Kaigetsudo Plate XX -- Landscape by So-Ami Plate XXI -- "Daruma" by Shiugetsu Plate XXII -- A White Heron by Giokuraku Plate XXIII -- Chrysanthemums by Mitsuoki Plate XXIV -- Flying Birds by HokusaiCondition -- Part IV - Good+ Front cover and Title Page detached from contents Back cover still attached to contents and front coverPart V. Plate XXV -- A Female Figure by Hokusai Plate XXVI -- A Village Scene by Morikage Plate XXVII -- Li Tapeh at Waterfall by Naonobu Plate XXVIII -- Meeting on the bridge by Shohaku Plate XXIX -- Lotus and Bird by Tsunenobu Plate XXX -- Landscapes by GukeiCondition -- Part V - FinePart VI. Plate XXXI -- A Female Figure by Kiyonobu Plate XXXII -- Landscape by Shiubun Plate XXXIII -- Sennin by Sansetsu Plate XXXIV -- A Bird on tree by Buncho Plate XXXV -- Ducks and Reeds by Keibun Plate XXXVI -- Daruma by RaishoCondition -- Part VI - Very Good+ Back cover, bottom right corner folded overPart VII. Plate XXXVII -- A Female Figure by Yeishi Plate XXXVIII -- Old Priest on Ox-back by So-ami Plate XXXIX -- The Nirvana of Sakyamuni by Matahei of Otsu Plate XXXX -- Fowls and Bamboo by Shiko Plate XXXXI -- Tiger by Okio Plate XXXXII -- Old Monkey by RosettsuCondition -- Part VII - Very Good Bottom right corner bumped Tiger collotype bound in upside downPart VIII. Plate XLIII -- Beauties at play by Tsunemasa Plate XLIV -- Landscape by Nara Hogan (2 images on one plate) Plate XLV -- Ducks and Birds by Sanraku (2 different plates) Plate XLVI -- Chrysanthemums by Unkoku Toji Plate XLVII -- The Fuji by Tsunenobu Plate XLVIII -- The Old Man by GessenCondition -- Part VIII - Very Good Bottom right corner bumpedPart IX. Plate XLIX -- Beauties by Koryusai Plate L -- Landscape, by Cho-densu Plate LI -- Priest Bukan ridingon a tiger, by Priest Kao Plate LII -- Dharma, by Masanobu Plate LIII -- Landscape, by Senka Plate LIV -- Hawk, by TomikageCondition -- Part IX - Good Three vertical creases as if folded.Part X. Plate LV -- Beauties, by Masanobu Plate LVI -- Sparrows on an old tree, by Sotan Plate LVII -- Landscape, by Sesshu Plate LVIII -- A man on horse back, by Itcho Plate LIX -- A female figure, by Genki Plate LX -- Musa Basjoo, by ChinzanCondition -- Part X - Good Title page and index, corner creases and smudging Horizontal crease extending though image ares of most plates Plate LV & LVI corner crease, outside image areaPart XI. Plate LXI -- A Femal Figure, by Hokusai Plate LXII -- Squirrels and Grapes, by Noami Plate LXIII -- Sparrows in Snow, by Morikage Plate LXIV -- Wild Ducks, by Buson Plate LXV -- Fuji-Musume and Oni-noNenbutsu, by Hokuba Plate LXVI -- Waterfall by BaiitsuCondition -- Part XI - Good Cover and title page corner crease Horizontal crease extending though image ares of most plates Bottom right corner of all pages bend and folded over on manyPart XII. Plate LXVII -- A Beauty Dancing, by Shunman Plate LXVIII -- A Heron and Plum tree, by Sesson Plate LXIX -- Chrysanthemums and Chestnuts, by Itcho Plate LXX -- Puppies, by Okyo Plate LXXI -- Orchid and Rock, by Chikuden Plate LXXII -- Landscape, by TannyuCondition -- Part XII - Good Bottom right corner heavily bumped Plate LXVII heavy corner crease Other plates ligher corner crease Back cover missing pieces, poor condition Several plate with small edge tears
Indicates Part I was Printed and Distributed
May of Meiji 31 (1898)