Fuji San Photographed
by Herbert G. Ponting

Published by K. Ogawa, 1905


Fuji-San

 

1905, 1st Printing, Kimono in Dull Black

1906, Reprint, Kimono in Blue

 
Ponting, Herbert G.:
Fuji San Photographed by Herbert G. Ponting, Tokyo, published by K. Ogawa, distributed by Kelly Walsh Ltd. (Yokohama, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shingapore), Japan, copyright 1905 by H.G. Ponting, large 4to (9 7/8~10 x 14 3/4 in - 25~25.4 x 37.5 cm), decorated card covers, silk stab ties, 2 pages of text (one in English and one in Japanese), 25 full page black and white halftone plates including the final plate which folds out, glossy paper, spine uncovered except for approximately 1 inch at the top and bottom, 27 pp. An album of 25 images of Mount Fuji viewed from different locations and seasons. Each photograph page is printed on one side only and is captioned in English and Japanese. The images in this book were based on half-stereoviews produced from Ponting's photographs.

I have confirmed a first and second printing of this book.

  • 1st Printing. Colophon states a printing a publication date of 1905 (Meiji 38). The kimono on figure on the front cover is printed in dull black. Only the last plate is protected by a tissue guard. Slightly larger measuring (10 x 14 3/4 in - 25.4 x 37.5 cm)
  • Reprint. The colophon indications a reprinting date of 1906 (Meiji 39). The kimono on figure on the front cover is printed in blue. The first and last plates are protected by a tissue guard. Slightly smaller measuring (9 7/8 x 14 3/4 in - 25 x 37.5 cm).
The first and second printing contain identical plates.

A similar companion book was published in 1906 titled Japanese Studies. It contained H.G. Ponting's photographs of Japan which were rendered in collotype by K. Ogawa. For more information on that book, click here.

Title Page

 
Dedication (back of title page)

Introduction, English

 
Introduction, Japanese

 
All 25 Plates

Fuji The Sacred Mountain of Japan Fuji from Lake Hakone Fuji from Lake Yamanaka Fuji from Lake Nishi-no-umi Fuji from Lake Shoji Fuji from Lake Motosu Fuji from Kurakake Yama Fuji and Pine Trees Fuji from the Shinshu Mountains Fuji and Lake Motusu The Summer Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi The Winter Fuji from Lake Hakone "Kasa Fuji" or Fuji's Umbrella Fuji at Sunrise Fuji at Sunset Fuji Mirrored in Shoji Lake Fuji from the Shira-ito Waterfalls Fuji from Nakanokura-Toge Fuji Thro' the Pines of Lake Motusu Fuji and the Shiraito Waterfall The Crest of Fuji On the Summit of Fuji Lake Yananaka from the Summit of Fuji Sunrise from the Summit of Fuji The Crater of Fujisan (fold-out panorama) (9 7/8 x 24 3/4 in - 37.4 x 62.9 cm)
Colophon - 1905, 1st Printing (colophon at the back) Printed: Meiji 38 (1905).10.7 Published: Meiji 38 (1905).10.10 Colophon - 1906 Reprint (colophon at the back) Printed: Meiji 38 (1905).10.7 Published: Meiji 38 (1905).10.10 Reprinted: Meiji 39 (1906).5.1 K. Ogawa Imprint (on back cover) Close-up of Halftone Printing

Plates (titles only)

  1. Fuji The Sacred Mountain of Japan
  2. Fuji from Lake Hakone
  3. Fuji from Lake Yamanaka
  4. Fuji from Lake Nishi-no-umi
  5. Fuji from Lake Shoji
  6. Fuji from Lake Motosu
  7. Fuji from Kurakake Yama
  8. Fuji and Pine Trees
  9. Fuji from the Shinshu Mountains
  10. Fuji and Lake Motusu
  11. The Summer Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
  12. The Winter Fuji from Lake Hakone
  13. "Kasa Fuji" or Fuji's Umbrella
  14. Fuji at Sunrise
  15. Fuji at Sunset
  16. Fuji Mirrored in Shoji Lake
  17. Fuji from the Shira-ito Waterfalls
  18. Fuji from Nakanokura-Toge
  19. Fuji Thro' the Pines of Lake Motusu
  20. Fuji and the Shiraito Waterfall
  21. The Crest of Fuji
  22. On the Summit of Fuji
  23. Lake Yananaka from the Summit of Fuji
  24. Sunrise from the Summit of Fuji
  25. The Crater of Fujisan (fold-out panorama)


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