~~ Book 1911130314 ~~

Illustrations of Japanese Life

Reproduced by K. Ogawa
Descriptions by S. Takashima
Hand-colored Collotypes (12) on Crepe Paper

[Focus on Trades & Industries]

1911, 6th Edition

Condition. The book is in Very Good condition. There is very light and scattered foxing. There are no cuts or tears to the folded edges. Most of the outside edges of the pages have inward creasing/folding. However, this does not extend into the image area.

Ogawa, K.
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, 6th edition (19ll, Meiji 44), 8vo, 12 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk threads, 9 folded leaves with stiffener paper between (18 pages in total). This is one in a series of photographic album type books under this same title published by K. Ogawa. The front and back covers account for 2 folded leaves. The first internal page has the Title Page (front) and Preface (back). The other 6 have a photograph - front and back The other 6 have a photograph - front and back. The leaves have a paper sheet behind them to provide support. The focus of this book is trades and industries of Japan.

The images are:

1) carpenters
2) a porcelain ware shop
3) a vegetable dealer
4) a toy shop
5) rice planting
6) farmers in rice swamp
7) vegetable dealer's shop
8) "Hakimono" clogs
9) farmers in a yard
10) the "Kago"
11) the "Hatsuni" and
12) an ox cart
The book is in a horizontal format and measures 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in - 26 x 19 cm. While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 7 x 5 1/2 in - 17.8 x 13.4 cm.

Many editions of these books were published and can be identified by the Japanese colophons inside the back cover. Examples of colophons (1st and 12th editions) are shown below. For more information on the colophons click here. While the sequence of the plates varies, the 1st edition and the 12th edition contain the same plates. The covers on the 1st and 12th editions vary slightly. The first edition has a woman in kimono seated on a pine log. The 6th edition has a woman in kimono seated on the floor.

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Illustrations of Japanese Life, 1911, 6th Edition, K. Ogawa
Carpenters at Work Porcelain Ware Shop
A Vegetable Dealer A Toy Shop
Farmers in Rice Swamp Rice Planting
"Hamimono" Clogs Vegetable Dealer's Shop
Farmers in Yard The "Kago" (The Palanquin)
The "Hatsuni" The First Stock
of New Year's Goods
An Ox Cart
Dating this Book

Japanese Language Colophon (inside back cover)
6th Edition, 1911 (Meiji 44)

The 7 rows of Japanese writing at the right give dates and editions. Starting at the right and reading left they indicate:

Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896) - "    " distributed
Meiji 36 (1903) - 2nd edition
Meiji 39 (1906) - 3rd edition
Meiji 41 (1908) - 4th edition
Meiji 43 (1910) - 5th edition
Meiji 44 (1911) - 6th edition


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