Illustrations of Japanese Life
First Edition, 1896
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, Meiji 29 (1896), 1st Edition, 8vo (7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in - 19.3 x 25.9 cm), crepe paper, 12 hand colored collotypes, with yellow silk ties, 7 folded leaves with stiffener paper in between, the front and back cover are not folded pages, 14 pages in total (covers not counted). This is one in a series of collotype books with this same title published by K. Ogawa.
The first folded page has the Title Page (front) and Preface (back). The six folded pages that follow have a photographic image, reproduced in collotype, front and back. The focus of this book is on trades and industries of Japan. The photographs include: 1) The "Hatsuni" (The First Stock of New Year's Goods), 2) An Ox Cart, 3) Carpenters at Work, 4) Porcelain Ware Shop, 5) A Vegetable Dealer, 6) The "Kakubeshishi," 7) Farmers in the Rice Swamp, 8) Rice Planting, 9) "Hakimono" (Clogs), 10) Vegetable Dealer's Shop, 11) Farmers in a Yard & 12) The "Kago" (The Palanquin) While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 7 x 5 1/2 in - 17.8 x 13.4 cm. The collotypes images are all printed against a light yellow background and have been handcolored.
In the preface, K. Ogawa states:
I have to acknowledge my indebtedness to Messrs. Tamamura and S. Kajima, as well as Prof. Burton, for several of the plates in this volume.
Many editions of these books were published and can be identified by the Japanese colophons inside the back cover. Some of the later editions did not contain an identical set of images or the images were presented in a different order. The plates shown below designated with an "*" and "**" contain different images from those found in later editions of this book. For more information on later editions of this book, click here.
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Title Page: Preface: All 12 PlatesThe "Hatsuni" (The First Stock of New Year's Goods) An Ox Cart Carpenters at Work Porcelain Ware Shop A Vegetable Dealer The "Kakubeshishi" * Farmers in the Rice Swamp Rice Planting "Hakimono" (Clogs) Vegetable Dealer's Shop Farmers in a Yard The "Kago" (The Palanquin) ** * Not found in some later editions of this book ** Same title but different image found in some later editions of this bookColophon: Meiji 29 (1896).6.22 - 1st edition printed Meiji 29 (1896).6.25 - 1st edition published Captions of Plates (Without Images):The "Hatsuni" (The First Stock of New Year's Goods) An Ox Cart Carpenters at Work Porcelain Ware Shop A Vegetable Dealer The "Kakubeshishi" * Farmers in the Rice Swamp Rice Planting "Hakimono" (Clogs) Vegetable Dealer's Shop Farmers in a Yard The "Kago" (The Palanquin) *** Not found in some later editions of this book ** Same title but different image found in some later editions of this book
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