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The Russo-Japanese War:
Taken by the Photographic Department
of the Imperial Headquarters
Fourth Army

Published by Kazumasa Ogawa, 1906
Part of a Six Volume Set

Fourth Army Volume

Ogawa, K. (Kazumasa) (Publisher)
The Russo-Japanese War: Taken by the Photographic Department of the Imperial Headquarters, Fourth Army, Tokyo, 1904 by the Military Survey Department and published and printed by K. Ogawa, distributed by K. Ogawa, Tokyo and Kelly Walsh, Yohohama, Shanghai, Hongkong and Singapore, 1906, large oblong 4to (14 3/4 x 10 in - 37.5 x 25.5 cm), green blind stamped covers with gilt titles (boards and spine), listing of plates ("contents") and 30 pages of text in English titled "Operations of the Fourth Army" and 29 pages of Japanese text plus 90 numbered pages of photographs and 11 unnumbered plates. All plates are black and white halftone photographs. Each plate has an English caption and Japanese descriptive captions and notes.

 
Major Sections of the Engish Text Portion.

  • Landing Near Takusha, May 1904
  • Occupation of Fenshuiling, Jun 1904
  • Battle of Liaoyang, Aug-Sep 1904
  • Battle of Sha-Ho (Oct 1904)
  • Battle of Heikeutai, Feb 1905
  • Battle of Mukden, Feb-Mar 1905

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Complete Set of 6 Volumes

Ogawa, K.
The Russo-Japanese War: A six volume set with continuing titles that read:

  • Naval, By Permission of the Naval Department, printed, published and distributed by K. Ogawa, Tokyo, 1904, published 1905 (Meiji 38).

  • Taken by the Photographic Department of the Imperial Headquarters printed, published and distributed by K. Ogawa, Tokyo, also distributed by Kelly Walsh, Yokohama, Shanghai, Hongkong and Singapore, 1904, published 1906 (Meiji 39).
    • First Army
    • Second Army
    • Third Army
    • Fourth Army
    • Armies of the Yalu & Karafoto

A matching set of 6 volumes, printed and distributed in 1905-6, large oblong 4to (14 3/4 x 10 in - 37.5 x 25.5 cm), green blind stamped covers with gilt titles (boards and spine), Tokyo, Naval volume copyrighted by T. Ichioka, 1904, Army volumes copyrighted by the Military Survey Department, 1904. An extensive photographic survey of the War dedicated to the First to Fourth Armies, the Armies of the Yalu and the Karfoto, and the Navy. The plates, which have descriptive captions, are supplemented by text pages (in English and Japanese) which reflect official Japanese military reports regarding the operations of the Navy and Armies in the Russo-Japanese War. The text accounts run in chronological order and recount the significant battles, operations and activities.

In total the set contains 856 black and white halftone plates (736 - Army & 120 - Navy) produced by K. Ogawa, 136 pages of text in English, 123 pages of text in Japanese. Of the 856 plates, 11 plates fold-out and 14 plates have tissue overlays with descriptive information in Japanese. There is one loose map with the set.

All 6 books have the same basic format. When read Western style, from front to back, the front cover is in English. It is followed (all in English) by the title page, the "Imperial Proclamation of War," text pages and finally a listing of plates. The English section ends next to last plate in the book. When read Japanese style, from back to front, the cover is in Japanese. It is followed (all in Japanese) by a title page, portrait plate(s) of Imperial family members in the military and key military members, the "Imperial Proclamation of War," text pages, a listing of plates in Japanese, and the plates with the last plate adjoining the end of the English portion of the book. All plates have descriptive captions in Japanese above the image and in English below the image. Plates in the Army books are numbered and there are plates (plates right after the title page) not included in the numbers. The plates are generally, but not always, printed back to back. The image area is approximately 7 x 10 in.

The Army books share common plates (generally 10). These plates relate to the "Triumphal Return" of the Armies in Manchuria (8 plates at the back of the numbered plates) or they are portraits of commanders (2 plates at the front of the book). It is clear that the books were edited to not present images of horrors of war. I find very few plates that show the actual human carnage or death on the battlefield. In general the images show battles in progress, important locations, key terrain, key figures (both Japanese and enemy), captured ordnance and munitions, troops in combat and at rest, prisoners of war, first aid stations and hospitals, ships and military equipment and an occasional dead horse.

A Note Regarding the Plates. Mottling on plates is typical in this set. While the plates do not appear damaged, there are scattered areas where the high gloss of the plate paper is dull rather than shiny. You don't notice this when looking directly down on the image. However, when you view the plates looking across towards a light source, you see scattered areas of mottling/dulling on the glossy off-white plate pages. This appears to be a normal aging process of the glossy paper. The text pages which are not the same high gloss paper do not have the mottling.

A Note Regarding the Plates. Mottling on plates is typical in this set. While the plates do not appear damaged, there are scattered areas where the high gloss of the plate paper is dull rather than shiny. You don't notice this when looking directly down on the image. However, when you view the plates looking across towards a light source, you see scattered areas of mottling/dulling on the glossy off-white plate pages. This appears to be a normal aging process of the glossy paper. The text pages which are not the same high gloss paper do not have the mottling.

 

Illustrations in this Volume
(All Black & White Halftone Images)

Title Pages (English and Japanese)
Same on all Army Volumes except for the Army Number
--- H.I.H Lieut. General, Prince Kan'in Calligraphic Title Page (same in all 5 Army volumes) Below 2 plates in all 5 Army volumes --- Portraits (Field Marshal Marquis Yamagata & Major General Nakaoka) --- Portraits (Field Marshal Marquis Oyama & General Baron Kodama) (1) Princes at Takou. (2) Commander of the Fourth Army and his Staff. (3) A great gun mounted near Sanchiaoshan. (4) After the battle on Sank'uaishih Hill. (5) Defence of the Fourth Foot Artillery Regiment on Sanchiaoshan North of Sheshantzu. (6) Russian position across T'ashan and Wanpaoshan on the right bank of the Shaho. (7) Japanese defence position near Changlingtzu. (8) Preparations for the cannonading of Liuchiangtun being made by tiie Fifteenth Field Artillery Regiment on a hill cast of Sheshantzu. (9) Part of the line of security of the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment near Pingshan. (10) A subterranean encampment of the First Battalion of the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment near Pingshan, (11) The Field Telegraph Corps of the Tenth Division at work in the neighbourhood of Yaoshuangt'aitzu. (12) Japanese infantry and artillery position on Hsikoushan. (13) A great Japanese gun near Sanchiaoshan. (14) Position of the First Foot Artillery Regiment north of Hungyelshan. (15) Cannonading of Fuchiatim by a Battery of Captured Canet guns near Shcehantzu. (16) Cannonading of the Russian position at Changshengpu from the Japanese position south of T'angchiaputz. (17) Explosion of a Russian sliell near the position of the Fifth Company of the Thirty-fourth Infantry Regiment of the Second Reserve at Chien-santao-kangtzu. (18) Temporary dressing station of the Thirty-fourth Infantry Regiment of the Second Reserve at Chien-Santaokangtzu. (19) Fight at Chien-Santaokangtzu of the Sixth Company of the Thirty-fourth Infantry Regiment of the Second Reserve. (20) Preparations for battle made at P'utsaowo by the Third Company of the Fortieth Infantry Regiment. (21) The Imai Machine-gun Corps fighting on the northwestern edge of Ku-santaokangtzu. (22) Attack on Liuchiangtun by the Third Company of the Fortieth Infantry Regiment. (23) Cannonading of Shaopu from a fort at the southwestern foot of Sanchiashan. (24) The station for patients of the First Field Hospital of the Tenth Division at Wachiaputzu. (25) Fording of the Hun River by the Sixth Division. (26) Part of the Russian defence line near Wanpaoshan. (27) Pursuit and advance of the Tenth Infantry Brigade of the Second Reserve. (28) Prisoners' quarters at Yangkuantun. (29) The Fourth Division Headquarters advancing near Takou. (30) The Headquarters of the Okubo Detachment in a subterranean encampment at Chien-santaokangtzu. (31) The Brain of the Fourth Army. (32) Japanese defence position near Changlingtzu. No. 2. (33) Subterranean encampment of the Fortieth Infantry Regiment at a point north of Hsikoushan. (34) The wounded being conveyed to the rear from the Third Field Hospital at Tapu. (35) Defence of the Fourth Foot Artillery Regiment on Sanchiao Hill north of Shesbantzu. No. 2. (36) Russian position across T'ashan and Wanpao Hill on the right bank of the Shaho. No. 2. (37) A view of the hills about Sheshantzu from the neighbourhood of T'uanshanssu. (38) A view of the Russian position on Wanpao Hill from the neighbourhood of Sheshantzu. (39) Part of the line of security of the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment near Pingshan. No. 2. (40) A view of (he Russian position on T'ashan from the neighbourhood of Shcshantzu. (41) Collection of materials at a Communication Depot at Kaoshan. (42) A Subterranean encampment of the First Battalion of the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment near Pingshan. (43) Interior 'of a Japanest fort near Sanchiao Hill. (44) Mounting a great gun near Sanchiao Hill. (45) Transporting a great gun. (46) Position of the First Foot Artillery Regiment north of Hungyeh Hill. (47) Cannonading of Fuchiatun from the neighbourhood of Hungyeh Hill by a Battery of Captured Canet guns. (48) Rally of the various units at the rendezvous of the Tenth Division lying to the south-east of Sheshantzu. No. 1. (49) A Japanese howitzer fort at the eastern foot of Sanchiao Hill. (50) Cannonading of the Russian position at Changshengpu from the Japanese position south of T'angchiaputzu. No. 2. (51) Cannonading of Namako and Wanpao Hills from a Japanese position north of Sheshantzu. (52) Rally of the various units at the rendezvous of the Tenth Division lying to the south-east of Sheshantzu. No. 2. (53) Engagement of the Fifth Company of the Thirty-Fourth Infantry Regiment of the Second Reserve at the eastern edge of Ch'ien-santaokangtzu. (54) Part of the Russian line of defence near Wanpao Hill, No. 1. (55) Preparations for battle being made at Housantaokang-tzu by the Sixth Company of the Thirty-Fourth Infantry Regiment of the Second Reserve. (56) Part of the Russian line of defence near Wanpao Hill No. 2. (57) The Headquarters of the Tenth Division on Pingshan. (58) A view of the Shaho and Fuchiakow from Wanpao Hill. (59) A Bearer Company of the Tenth Division bringing in the wounded to P'uts'aowa. (60) Baggage train of the Headquarters of the Fourth Army advancing near Shahotun. (61) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No. 1. (62) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No. 2. (63) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No, 3. (64) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No. 4. (65) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No. 5. (66) Trophies taken by the Fourth Army in the Battle near Moukden. No. 6. (67) A distant view of Tieling. (68) A view of the banks of the Liao River near Tieling. (69) A Russian subterranean encampment at Tieling. (70) Part of the Russian defence near Tieling. (71) Burning of the Russian provisions at Tieling. (72) Russian barracks at Tieling. (73) A street in Tiding. (74) Tieling Station after its capture by the Japanese. (75) Building of stores at Tiding Station. (76) A Russian iniiitary store near Tieling. (77) Commander Akiyama and his detachment halting near Tzulushu. (78) Outside Tieling-cheng. (79) Detachment Commander Akiyama advancing northward from the neighbourhood of Tzulushu. (80) The Fourteenth Cavalry Regiment rallying in a field north of Tzulushu. (81) Fight, of the Thirteenth Cavalry Regiment against the enemy in the neighbourhood of Shahotzu. (82) Halt of a detachment of the First Infantry Regiment which was sent to open communication with the Akiyama Detachment (83) A detachment of the Mitake Independent Cavalry Corps fighting on a hill east of Huanshiling. (84) The Tenth Cavalry Regiment advancing northward from Weiyuanpumen. (85) A street in Ch'angt'u. (86) The outer wall of Kaiyuan. (87) A street in Kaiyuan. (88) The Llama Tower of Kaiyuan. (89) A railway bridge destroyed near Kaiyuan. (90) Repairing a military bridge at Shaholzu. ---- Marshal Marquis Yamagata Being Welcomed at Mukden ---- Marshal Marquis Oyama, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Armies in Manchuria, and His Staff ---- Major-General Fukushima, The Japanese Commissioner for Arranging an Armistice, on His Way to the Meeting-Place of Commissioners ---- The Meeting of the Commissioners Appointed to Arrange Armistice ---- Triumphal Return of General Headquarters Staff of the Japanese Armies in Manchuria. No 1. ---- Triumphal Return of General Headquarters Staff of the Japanese Armies in Manchuria. No 2. ---- Triumphal Return of General Headquarters Staff of the Japanese Armies in Manchuria. No 3. ---- Triumphal Return of General Headquarters Staff of the Japanese Armies in Manchuria. No 4.

 
Dating the book.

Colophon (At Rear of All 5 Army Books)

The two rows of characters at the far right indicate the following (going from the right row to the left).

  • Meiji 39 (1906), February 23 - Printed
  • Meiji 39 (1906), February 26 - Distributed

 


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