Illustrations of Japanese Life

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

[Focus on Trades & Industries]

 
1896, 1st Edition
 

 
1911, 6th through 12th Edition

Ogawa, K.
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 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. The covers on the 1st and 6th edition on vary slightly. The first edition has a woman in kimono seated on a pine log. The 6th edition on has a woman in kimono seated on the floor.

* The image illustrating the Kago is changed (see here), at least as early as the 6th (1911) edition. Also the order of the plates sometimes varies in the different editions.

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Illustrations of Japanese Life, 1918, K. Ogawa
Carpenters at Work Porcelain Ware Shop
A Vegetable Dealer A Toy Shop

Larger Picture
Rice Planting Farmers in Rice Swamp
Vegetable Dealer's Shop "Hamimono" Clogs
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)

 

1st Edition, 1896 (Meiji 29)

Meiji 29 (1896).6.22 - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896).6.25 - 1st edition published

 

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

There is no accounting for the 7th ~ 10th editions. I presume this is the 12th edition (1918) because it is the last edition listed. Corrections/additions would be appreciated if I have misinterpreted the Japanese text.

 

12th Edition, 1918 (Taisho 7)

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
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
Taisho 6 (1917) - 11th edition
Taisho 7 (1918) - 12th edition

Close-up, Hand-colored Collotype on Crepe Paper


Larger Picture
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