Illustrations of Japanese Life
Reproduced by K. by K. Ogawa
[Focus on Women & Children -
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, numerous editions (1~12 - 1896~1918), 8vo, 12 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk threads, 9 folded leaves with stiffener paper in 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 focus of this book is Japanese women and children - pastimes and customs. The photographs are titled:
The book is in a horizontal format and measures 10 x 7 1/2 in - 25.4 x 19 cm. While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 7 x 5 1/2 in - 17.8 x 13.4 cm. In the preface, K. Ogawa states:
I have to acknowledge my indebtness to Messrs. K. Tamamura and S. Kajima, as well as Prof Burton, for sevaral 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. Examples of colophons are given below. For more information on this click here
The third edition, and probably earlier editions, contains two plates different from the above. Information on that edition is here.
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Mother and Her Baby
Dating this Book
The 9 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
There is no accounting for the 7th ~ 10th editions. I presume this is the 12th edition (1918) because it is the last edition listed.
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