The Russo-Japanese War: Naval
Ogawa, K. (Kazumasa)
The Russo-Japanese War: Naval, By Permissione of the Naval Department, Tokyo, ©1904 but printed and distributed in 1905, large oblong 4to (14 3/4 x 10 in - 37.5 x 25.5 cm), blindstamped decorated blue cloth covers with gilt titles (boards and spine), black and white illustrations, unpaginated but 9 pages of text in English titled "Operations of the I.J. Navy in the War" and 10 pages of Japanese text plus 120 unnumbered pages of photographs, 139 pp. The book contains 131 images (a few plates have multiple images) on 120 full page plates. All plates are black and white halftone photographs. Each page has an English caption and Japanese descriptive notes. The English text section traces the Operations of Admiral Togo's fleet, as it engaged the Russian Navy, from February 11, 1904 through May 28, 1905. It documents the Naval battles with the Russian fleet by the Japanese fleet during this period. Key battles events outlined are:
The 120 photographic plates document the above Naval actions, the men and ships involved and the return of the Fleet and Admiral Togo's "triumphal return to Tokyo on the 22nd October, 1905." The English language listing of the plates in this book is here.
I have seen two very minor variations of this book. The above book uses the title "By Permissione" in the Enlish title page and the blindstamped areas are highlighted with black. The other variety uses the title "By Permission" and the blindstamped areas have no color or highlighting. Otherwise, both books contain the same text and illustrations.
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