Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan

Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan
Imperial Government Railways, ca 1910

 

 

Imperial Government Railways
Ogawa, K. (Kazumasa) (Photographs)
Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan, Tokyo, Imperial Government Railways, undated but ca 1910, large oblong 4to (10 5/8 x 14 3/4+ in - 37.5 x 27 cm), silk covers, cord ties, illustrated front cover with embroidered title, all edges gilt including spine, 4 cm of the head and foot of spine covered with silk cloth, 2 color maps before title page, 50 color ollotype plates, organized in Western style from front to back. No text, just collotype plates printed on one side only of high quality thick card stock paper with descriptive caption in English below the image. The inside of the both covers and the facing free papers are illustrated in gold and silver. The image areas vary slightly but are generally 7 x 10 3/8 in - 26 x 35 cm. The collotype type plates cover a wide range of views in Japan with an emphasis on scenic, religious and historic places.

This book does not have a colophon. The title page is not dated and does not mention K. Ogawa. It only has the title and Imperial Government Railways in English and Japanese and Tokyo, Japan in English. I believe the book was printed by K. Ogawa as similar later editions of the same title published by Kelly & Walsh.

K. Ogawa Photographs. On a free page at the rear of the book you find the K. Ogawa imprint. It appears to be hand stamped. The English portion of the imprint reads "Photographs by K. Ogawa. F.R.P.S."

Dating the book. While undated, I believe the book was published ca 1910. Later editions of the book contain a colophon showing the first publication as Meiji 43 (1910). The 17th photograph in the book is captioned "Miyanoshita, a Favourite Hot Spring Resort, in Hakone Mountains." In the center of the image you find the Fujiya Hotel complex. To the viewer's left of the main hotel you find the Restful Cottage and Comfy Lodge. These were both opened in 1906. The boundary for publication appears to be between 1906 and 1910.

Publishing/Printing History, Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan (ca 1910~17).

  • ca 1910 - Imperial Government Railways, 50 color collotypes and 2 color maps, captions in English only, here.
  • ca 1910 - Imperial Government Railways, 50 black and white collotype plates, no maps, captions in English only.
  • 1910 - First printing, published by Kelly & Walsh, 50 color collotypes, no maps, captions in English and Japanese.
  • 191? - Second printing, not accounted for in the colophons.
  • 1914 - Esperanto Version, Japanaj Vidajoj Kaj Moroj, 50 black and white collotype plates (same images 1917, below), captions in Esperanto and Japanese, here.
  • 1916 - Third printing, "reproduced and published by K. Ogawa," 50 collotype plates, some color (probably same as 1917, fourth printing, below).
  • 1917 - Fourth printing, "reproduced and published by K. Ogawa," 16 multipass color collotype plates, 34 black and white collotype, here.

I have seen this book described with 46 hand colored plates and the maps at the rear.

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Title Page

Gold Illustrated Paper

(inside covers and back of adjacent free pages)

Maps

Hand Colored Collotype Plates

The Main Entrance to the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. When the Cherry Blossom Blows.-Uyeno Park, Tokyo. A Street on the Modern Plan in Tokyo. Display of Dolls and Toys on the Girls' Festival in March. Overlooking the Imperial Palace Moat. Departments of Justice, Navy, etc., in the Distance. Entrance to the Mausolea of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Tokyo. Tokyo 'en fete'-near Shimbashi Station. Typical Reception Room in a Wealthy Home; a Cushion and Charcoal Brazier Set for Each Guest. Under the Wistaria Arbour. Canal and Barges in Tokyo, with Lines of Warehouses on Both Sides. Iris Garden near Tokyo. Interior of a Modern Department Store in Tokyo. Lotus Lake in a Tokyo Park. "Gazing where the lilies blow." The Daibutsu or Gigantic Bronze Statute of Buddha at Kamakura, a Former Feudal Capital. Enoshima, a Popular Island Excursion Resort near Tokyo. The "Odori," a Dramatic Dance in Old Time Costume. Miyanoshita, a Favourite Hot Spring Resort, in Hakone Mountains. Peony Beds in Tokyo. A View of Mt. Fuji, Height 12,379 ft. A Glimpse of the Pacific Coast from a Passing Train on the Tokaido Line. Flying the Carp, the Fish of Good Omen, on the Boys' Festival in Early May. Grand Shrine Ise, of the Highest Sanctity in Japan, Sacred to the Imperial Ancestress; Showing Pure Archaic Style of Japanese Architecture. The Cha-no-yu, or Tea-Ceremony, One of the Esoteric Arts of Japan. The Temple of Kiyomidzu Kyoto. The Kinkakuji--'Golden Pavilion'--Kyoto. A Villa of an Early Shogun. Enjoying the Cool of a Summer Evening on Kamogawa in Kyoto. The Higashi Honganji--a Buddhist Temple at Kyoto. Entrance to the Kasuga Shrine at Nara and Group of Consecrated Maidens. A River Picnic in Spring.--Under the Plum Blossom. Horyuji, a Seventh Century Temple near Nara. Armour and Weapons of Ancient Warriors. A Tea-Plantation with Tea-Pickers at Work. Dotombori--a Popular Amusement Quarter in Osaka. Ama-no-hashidate--a Slender Bridge-like Peninsula, Bordered with Pines. The Glories of Autumn in Japan. Feudal Castle at Himeji. The 'No," a Dramatic Performance of a Classical Nature. A Typical Landscape Garden. A Peep of the Inland Sea, near Onomichi. Playing the 'Koto,' a Japanese Musical Instrument. Miyajima, a Celebrated Island in the Inland Sea. Kintai-bashi, a Bridge of Unique Construction in Southern Japan. Chiyo-no-matsubara, a Celebrated Pine Grove in Kyushu, with a Passing Train. The Ikebana, or Flower Arrangement, One of the Aesthetic Arts of Japan. Mt. Aso, an Active Volcano in Kyushu. In the Grounds of the Nikko Temples. Avenue of Stately Cryptomerias with Buddhist Monk on His Itinerary. A Rich Display of Chrysanthemums. Matsushima-a Land-locked Bay Studded with Hundred of Pine-clad Islets. A Characteristic Japanese Dance.
Listing of Plates without Images

  1. The Main Entrance to the Imperial Palace, Tokyo.
  2. When the Cherry Blossom Blows.-Uyeno Park, Tokyo.
  3. A Street on the Modern Plan in Tokyo.
  4. Display of Dolls and Toys on the Girls' Festival in March.
  5. Overlooking the Imperial Palace Moat. Departments of Justice, Navy, etc., in the Distance.
  6. Entrance to the Mausolea of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Tokyo.
  7. Tokyo 'en fete'-near Shimbashi Station.
  8. Typical Reception Room in a Wealthy Home; a Cushion and Charcoal Brazier Set for Each Guest.
  9. Under the Wistaria Arbour.
  10. Canal and Barges in Tokyo, with Lines of Warehouses on Both Sides.
  11. Iris Garden near Tokyo.
  12. Interior of a Modern Department Store in Tokyo.
  13. Lotus Lake in a Tokyo Park. "Gazing where the lilies blow."
  14. The Daibutsu or Gigantic Bronze Statute of Buddha at Kamakura, a Former Feudal Capital.
  15. Enoshima, a Popular Island Excursion Resort near Tokyo.
  16. The "Odori," a Dramatic Dance in Old Time Costume.
  17. Miyanoshita, a Favourite Hot Spring Resort, in Hakone Mountains.
  18. Peony Beds in Tokyo.
  19. A View of Mt. Fuji, Height 12,379 ft.
  20. A Glimpse of the Pacific Coast from a Passing Train on the Tokaido Line.
  21. Flying the Carp, the Fish of Good Omen, on the Boys' Festival in Early May.
  22. Grand Shrine Ise, of the Highest Sanctity in Japan, Sacred to the Imperial Ancestress;
    Showing Pure Archaic Style of Japanese Architecture.
  23. The Cha-no-yu, or Tea-Ceremony, One of the Esoteric Arts of Japan.
  24. The Temple of Kiyomidzu Kyoto.
  25. The Kinkakuji--'Golden Pavilion'--Kyoto. A Villa of an Early Shogun.
  26. Enjoying the Cool of a Summer Evening on Kamogawa in Kyoto.
  27. The Higashi Honganji--a Buddhist Temple at Kyoto.
  28. Entrance to the Kasuga Shrine at Nara and Group of Consecrated Maidens.
  29. A River Picnic in Spring.--Under the Plum Blossom.
  30. Horyuji, a Seventh Century Temple near Nara.
  31. Armour and Weapons of Ancient Warriors.
  32. A Tea-Plantation with Tea-Pickers at Work.
  33. Dotombori--a Popular Amusement Quarter in Osaka.
  34. Ama-no-hashidate--a Slender Bridge-like Peninsula, Bordered with Pines.
  35. The Glories of Autumn in Japan.
  36. Feudal Castle at Himeji.
  37. The 'No," a Dramatic Performance of a Classical Nature.
  38. A Typical Landscape Garden.
  39. A Peep of the Inland Sea, near Onomichi.
  40. Playing the 'Koto,' a Japanese Musical Instrument.
  41. Miyajima, a Celebrated Island in the Inland Sea.
  42. Kintai-bashi, a Bridge of Unique Construction in Southern Japan.
  43. Chiyo-no-matsubara, a Celebrated Pine Grove in Kyushu, with a Passing Train.
  44. The Ikebana, or Flower Arrangement, One of the Aesthetic Arts of Japan.
  45. Mt. Aso, an Active Volcano in Kyushu.
  46. In the Grounds of the Nikko Temples.
  47. Avenue of Stately Cryptomerias with Buddhist Monk on His Itinerary.
  48. A Rich Display of Chrysanthemums.
  49. Matsushima-a Land-locked Bay Studded with Hundred of Pine-clad Islets.
  50. A Characteristic Japanese Dance.

 



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