~~ Book 1906150321 ~~

Japanese Studies
H.G. Ponting

1906, First Edition, Collotypes by K. Ogawa - Type A Covers

(Reference to K. Ogawa on Front Cover)

Condition. The book is in Very Good+ condition. The cover edges are scraped and the corners bumped/slightly rounded. The spine covering is solid. There are no cuts or tears to the folded edges. There is heavy toning to the front free page. There are occasional smudges in the margins but the image are clean and free of faults.

Ponting, H. G.
Ogawa, K. (Collotypes):
Japanese Studies by H. G. Ponting. F.R.G.S. Collotyped by K. Ogawa. F.R.P.S., published by K. Ogawa, Tokyo, distributed by Kelly Walsh, Limited, Yokohama, oblong 8vo (11 x 7 1/2 in 28 x 20 cm), 1906, bound Japanese style with blue and white string ties, head and foot of spine covered approximately 1 in with cloth, decorated (color) paper over cardboard covers, folded pages (with thin folded paper stiffener inside) separated by tissue guards, 52 Japanese scenes taken by the noted English photographer H. G. Ponting and printed in collotypes by Kazumasa Ogawa, pages unnumbered. The book was issued with black and white collotype plates and hand colored collotype plates. This book has the uncolored collotype plates. Images are various sizes with a typical image size of 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. Each image has a descriptive title in the left or right margin and most have a relevant line of poetry below the image.

A noted photographer, Ponting spent three years traveling throughout Japan. This was just prior to his travels with Scott and Shackleton in the Antarctic, as the official photographer for the expeditions.

While identical in all other respects, I have seen the books (black and white and hand colored) with 4 images (2 folded pages) in a different order. Those images are noted by an * in the listing below.

A similar companion book was published in 1905 titled Fuji San. It contained H.G. Pontings photographs of Mt Fuji which were rendered in collotype by K. Ogawa. For more information on that book, click here.

I have examined first edition books, as this one, with two slightly different covers. I call this Cover Type A. To see Covers Type A & B, click here.

A second edition of the book was printed in 1920 with collotypes by the Taikosha. For more information on the second edition, click here.

Collotypes (Black and White Collotype Plate Edition).

  1. Mount Fuji

  2. Evening at Matsushima

  3. *The Pine Clad Shores of Nippon
  4. *Miyajima
  5. The Ivory Carvers

  6. Nara, the Heart of Old Japan
  7. The Abbot of Ikegami
  8. In Shiba Park, Tokyo
  9. A Summer Shower in the Woods
  10. Lake Motosu and Mount Fuji
  11. Meditation, A Study of Gamman-ga Fuchi
  12. O Tsune San
  13. *At Matsushima

  14. *Kameido Temple Garden Tokyo

  15. Traveling by Kago in the Nikko Mountains

  16. Fishing Boats at Kawasaki
  17. Himeiji Castle
  18. On the Hozu Rapids
  19. A Priest of Buddha
  20. Tamadare-no-taki, Hakone
  21. Tea Picking on the Shizuoka Hills
  22. An Avenue of Torri at Inari, Kyoto

  23. The Story Book

  24. In an Old Garden
  25. The Fortune Teller

  26. The Embroiderer

  27. At Fair Miyajima
  28. Wisteria
  29. The Pines of Mio
  30. A Study of the Shoji
  31. The Avenue at Nikko
  32. A Prayer Wheel at Zenkoji
  33. A Glen on the Hozu-gawa
  34. A Priest of Kunozan
  35. On a Pilgrimage to Nara
  36. The Bronze Sculptor
  37. The Nara Pagoda

  38. A Study of a Geisha

  39. Kinkakuji, Kyoto
  40. In Lotus Land
  41. In a Japanese Garden

  42. Painting Pottery

  43. The Golden Days of Autumn
  44. November at the Flower Show
  45. On the Tokaido
  46. The Potter at his Wheel
  47. Moonlight at Kiyomizu, Kyoto

  48. December in Japan

  49. The Daiya River at Nikko
  50. Lake Kawaguchi from Torii zaka
  51. Lake Kawaguchi
  52. Sayonara

    * The placement of these two folded pages (4 images) varies among books.

    Title Page
    1906, First Edition, Collotypes by K. Ogawa

    1906, First Edition, Collotypes by K. Ogawa

    Printed: Meiji 39(1906).11.26
    Published: Meiji 39(1906).11.29


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