The Russo Japan War
One plate in this set is particularly interesting. This is plate No. 22 in Part 1. It is titled "Some of those killed in the battle at Tashihchiao" in the listing of contents. The image and titles on the plate have been covered over by a thick tissue overlay which has be pasted down on the plate. This apparently was an effort to censor photographs showing bodies. In the 6 volume set this plate was changed and the substituted image was "Quarters of the garrison at Yingkow after its Occupation. No. 1." A review of all images makes it clear that a conscious effort was made to not show the human carnage of war.
This book is a testament to Kazumasa Ogawa's very high status with the Japanese Government, and the Japanese Army in particular. He was granted unique access to official military photographs in order to prepare a timely photographic record of the war. The Government could have printed the photographs itself or contracted to have them printed. Instead, they were turned over to Ogawa and he was allowed to mass produce and distribute them commercially in the form of books.
The plates found in these two volumes are listed, some with pictures, on the web page for the very similar 6 volume set. To see the listings you can follow the links below.
It should be recognized, however, that this two volume set has no text sections and fewer plates than the six volume set (ie 787 plates versus 856). The biggest variance appears to be in Part 23.
This set has 15 unnumbered plates. These plates generally show formally posed images of high ranking officers and usually have 2 offices per plate.
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1) Volume #1, Part 1, Plate 22 - completely obscured with tissue overlay Title: "Some of those killed in the battle at Tashihchiao"
2) Volume #2, Naval, Part 4, contains an unnumbered plate which is a map of Yokohama harbor the back of the plate is a table listing ships (all in Japanese)
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