Illustrations of Japanese Life
Vol. I & II

Photographs by K. Ogawa
Descriptions by S. Takashima
Black & White Collotypes (98) on Crepe Paper

Volume I

Volume II
Ogawa, K.
Takashima, S. (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Vol. I & II, Yokohama, Kelly & Walsh, descriptions by S. Takashima, 8vo (7 1/8 x 10 in - 18 x 25.7 cm), 32 (Vol I) + 66 (Vol II) black and white collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and silk thread ties. This set contains a total of 98 plates. Each plate has a title and generally a paragraph of descriptive information written by S. Takashima. While the image areas vary slightly, the norm is 6~7 x 4 1/2~5 in. This is one in a series of photographic album type books under this same title published by K. Ogawa. The four books with the same title, each containing 12 color collotype plates, are seen much more frequently than this set. The two books in this set have a volume number printed on the cover. This is not the case with the four 12 plate books.

Volume 1 is in the vertical format. It consists of front and back covers (2 double fold pages). A title page and preface (1 double fold page) and 16 double fold pages containing a total of 32 plates/images. Covers included, the book is comprised of 19 double fold pages. The title page lists Kelly & Walsh as the sole agents and gives the date of 1896.

Volume 2 is in the horizontal format. It consists of front and back covers (2 double fold pages). There is no title page or preface. There are 33 double fold pages with 66 plates/images. The volume has a colophon inside the back cover. Covers included, the book is comprised of 35 double fold pages.

In the preface to Vol. I, 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.

Several of the plates have the comment "see page xx." following the title. The pages in these two volumes are not numbered. Further, when you count the pages and go to the page that would carry the referenced number, there appears to be no relation between the images. I suspect the references were valid in a previous version of the book and left on the plates in error.

I find very little information on the various Illustrations of Japanese Life books that Ogawa published. The four different versions each containing 12 hand colored collotype plates are, in my experience, most frequently seen on the market. For more information on those books, click here.

The following three relevant entries are found in the Wenckstern bibliography.

Illustrations of Japanese life, 100 collotype plates with short description in English by S. Takashima, folio, 1896 (yen 20.--).
-- Another edition in 2 vols. on crepe paper, large 8vo., 1898 (yen 7.--).
-- A third edition in one volume, no date (yen 1.20).
It appears to me that this is the two volume set Wenckstern references. However, the date is 1896 rather than 1898. The 100 collotype plate book noted first is folio size and these volumes are 8vo. I have seen a 100 collotype plate book reported with color plates on plain paper and that is probably the first book noted by Wenckstern. I have not seen a book that fits third reference noted by Wenckstern.

Wenckstern, Bibliography of the Japanese Empire - 1894-1906

There are two versions of this set. In addition to this 98 collotype plate version, there is a 96 collotype plate version. For information on the distinguishing characteristics, see below.

 

Vol. I Open to Plates
Vol I Open

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Title Page (Only in Vol. I)

Preface (Only in Vol. I)

Illustrations.

Vol I.

Venturing Out in the Rain


The Cherry [woman with a parasol under cherry trees]

The "Miko" Vestal Virgin


The "Shiohi" Fishing on the Dry Bed 
[women holding fish in baskets]

A Courtesan in Full Costume (see page 85)


The Ainu Couple


"Senju Kannon," (A Thousand Handed Goddess of Mercy)

The "Dai Kagura"

A Blind Street Musician

The "Kamishimo" (The Ancient Ceremonial Dress)

Hear Dressing

Backyard of a Tea House

Japanese Maiden


The "Go-Ineyo." (Retired Gentleman)


Buddhist Priests Conspicuous

Shinto Priest at Prayer

A Walk on a Snowy Day


A Carrier

"Sayonara!" (Good-Bye)

An Accident

Maidens


The "Suwari Odori" (A Dancing)

Letter Writing

Morning Toilet

The "Amma" (Shampooer)


The "Geisha" (Singing Girl) [the Laughing Geisha]
 

Wrestling Match


The Ainus at Dinner


Examining Warps [2 women weaving]

Reeling the Silk from the Cocoons 

Japanese Babies (see page 99)

A Damsel (see page 46)


32 plates, 32 images 16 double fold pages


Vol. II.

"Hanami" (Flower Pic-Nic)


Farmers Starting for the Fields

Scene on the Sumida River

Entertaining a Guest

Rice Planting

Farmers in the Rice Swamp (see page 41)

Mamma (see page 99)


The Geishas Holding a Letter (see page 1) [number not clear]

The "Hatsuni" (The First Stock of New Year's Goods)

Children at Meals


A "Matsuri" (Temple Festival)

The "Jinriksha" Riding on a Rainy Day (see page 18)

Maple Garden at Takinogawa


A miniature Garden of a Tea House

Basket Peddler


The "Ameya" (Taffy Puller)

Porcelain Ware Shop

The "Kumamonoya" (Fancy Goods Dealer)

Carpenters at Work

An Ox Cart

Summer Evening on the Shijo River


The "Koto" Playing

The "Kakubeshishi" [Child acrobats]


Fencing


Mendicant Friars

The "Shiomi" (Fishing on the Dry Bed) (see page 12)

Picking Tea

An Afternoon Company

Buddhist Priest at Prayer

The Art of Floral Arrangement

Sewing

Mother and Her Baby


Courtesans


A Curio Dealer's Shop

Cloth Dealer's Shop

Marriage Ceremony

"Odori" Dancing


Orchestra (see page 76) Koto, Violin, Samisen


The "Samisen" (Banjo)

A Play

The Orchestra (see also page 87)

Dancing (see page 63)


Working Men's Holiday


The "Chanoyu" Ceremony

Game of the "Go"

Wrestling Match (Sumo)


Reeling Threads

A Well

Silk Worm Raising

Silk Worms on a Card (see page 33)

The Cotton Spinning Wheel

Loom


A Florist

Farmers in a Yard

A Vegetable Dealer

The Japanese Cullinary Art

Vestal Virgins at the Kasuga Temple, Nara


A Sleep

The "Jinrinksisha"

The "Kago" (The Palanquin)

A Cup of Tea for the Company

Family at Dinner

"Hakimono" (Clogs) 

Greetings (see also page 10)

Green Grocer's Shop

Vegetable Dealer's Shop (see page 83)


[Japanese colophon] Meiji 29 (1896)

Listing without pictures but with consecutive
numbers assigned (not numbered in books)

    Vol I.
  1. Venturing Out in the Rain
  2. The Cherry [woman with a parasol under cherry trees]
  3. The "Miko" Vestal Virgin
  4. The "Shiohi" Fishing on the Dry Bed [women holding fish in baskets]
  5. A Courtesan in Full Costume (see page 85)
  6. The Ainu Couple
  7. "Senju Kannon," (A Thousand Handed Goddess of Mercy)
  8. The "Dai Kagura"
  9. A Blind Street Musician
  10. The "Kamishimo" (The Ancient Ceremonial Dress)
  11. Hear Dressing
  12. Backyard of a Tea House
  13. Japanese Maiden
  14. The "Go-Ineyo." (Retired Gentleman)
  15. Buddhist Priests Conspicuous
  16. Shinto Priest at Prayer
  17. A Walk on a Snowy Day
  18. A Carrier
  19. "Sayonara!" (Good-Bye)
  20. An Accident
  21. Maidens
  22. The "Suwari Odori" (A Dancing)
  23. Letter Writing
  24. Morning Toilet
  25. The "Amma" (Shampooer)
  26. The "Geisha" (Singing Girl) [the Laughing Geisha]
  27. Wrestling Match
  28. The Ainus at Dinner
  29. Examining Warps [2 women weaving]
  30. Reeling the Silk from the Cocoons
  31. Japanese Babies (see page 99)
  32. A Damsel (see page 46)
  33. Vol II.
  34. "Hanami" (Flower Pic-Nic)
  35. Farmers Starting for the Fields
  36. Scene on the Sumida River
  37. Entertaining a Guest
  38. Rice Planting
  39. Farmers in the Rice Swamp (see page 41)
  40. Mamma (see page 99)
  41. The Geishas Holding a Letter (see page 1) [number not clear]
  42. The "Hatsuni" (The First Stock of New Year's Goods)
  43. Children at Meals
  44. A "Matsuri" (Temple Festival)
  45. The "Jinriksha" Riding on a Rainy Day (see page 18)
  46. Maple Garden at Takinogawa
  47. A miniature Garden of a Tea House
  48. Basket Peddler
  49. The "Ameya" (Taffy Puller)
  50. Porcelain Ware Shop
  51. The "Kumamonoya" (Fancy Goods Dealer)
  52. Carpenters at Work
  53. An Ox Cart
  54. Summer Evening on the Shijo River
  55. The "Koto" Playing
  56. The "Kakubeshishi" [Child acrobats]
  57. Fencing
  58. Mendicant Friars
  59. The "Shiomi" (Fishing on the Dry Bed) (see page 12)
  60. Picking Tea
  61. An Afternoon Company
  62. Buddhist Priest at Prayer
  63. The Art of Floral Arrangement
  64. Sewing
  65. Mother and Her Baby
  66. Courtesans
  67. A Curio Dealer's Shop
  68. Cloth Dealer's Shop
  69. Marriage Ceremony
  70. "Odori" Dancing
  71. Orchestra (see page 76) Koto, Violin, Samisen
  72. The "Samisen" (Banjo)
  73. A Play
  74. The Orchestra (see also page 87)
  75. Dancing (see page 63)
  76. Working Men's Holiday
  77. The "Chanoyu" Ceremony
  78. Game of the "Go"
  79. Wrestling Match (Sumo)
  80. Reeling Threads
  81. A Well
  82. Silk Worm Raising
  83. Silk Worms on a Card (see page 33)
  84. The Cotton Spinning Wheel
  85. Loom
  86. A Florist
  87. Farmers in a Yard
  88. A Vegetable Dealer
  89. The Japanese Cullinary Art
  90. Vestal Virgins at the Kasuga Temple, Nara
  91. A Sleep
  92. The "Jinrinksisha"
  93. The "Kago" (The Palanquin)
  94. A Cup of Tea for the Company
  95. Family at Dinner
  96. "Hakimono" (Clogs).
  97. Greetings (see also page 10)
  98. Green Grocer's Shop
  99. Vegetable Dealer's Shop (see page 83)

2 Volume Sets -- 98 Collotype Plates -- 96 Collotype Plates

Distinguishing Characteristic of the 98 and 96 Collotype Plate Two Volume Sets.

Covers. Identical covers with the same basic design. "Vol I" and "Vol II" numbers are incorporated into the image on the front covers of the 98 version but not on the 96. The decorative silk on the spine cover of the 98 covers only approximately 1 inch at the top and bottom. On the 96 version, it covers the entire spine.

Size and Format. Both sets are approximately the same size - 8vo (7 1/8~1/2 x 10 in - 18~18.8 x 25.7 cm).

Title Page: On the first volume of the 98, the date is 1896 and the Kelly & Walsh imprint is present along with K. Ogawa. On the 96 there is no date and only K. Ogawa appears.

Collotype Plates: The majority of the plates in the 98 and 96 are identical. However, the sequence is different and they may even appear in different volumes. The 98 plate version has 8 plates that are not in the 96 version. The 96 plate version has 6 plates not found in the 98 plate version.

Colophons: The 98 plate version has a colophon (Japanese language) only at the rear of volume II. The 96 plate version has the same colophon at the rear of both volumes.

References: In the 98 plate version several of the plate have "see plate xx" type notations in the title. This does not occur in the 96 plate version.



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