Yoshiwara, A Nightless Quarter
Yoshiwara, A Nightless Quarter, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, 1910, 8vo, 18 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk cords, 10 unsevered leaves (20 pages in total) of text and images and covers. Covers are soft crepe paper with printed design that has been hand colored. The first page is a description of the Yoshiwara in Tokyo. The back of this page is blank. The other 9 pages have a hand colored collotype photograph - front and back. The leaves have a paper sheet behind them to provide support. The book is a pictorial depiction of the Yoshiwara (red light district) of Tokyo. The pictures are not, however, risque.
In the two 18 collotype books I have examined the images are the same. However, the sequence of the folded leaves varied.
The book is in a horizontal format and measures 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in - 26.1 x 19 cm. While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in - 17 x 14 cm.
Wenckstern records a book with almost the same title in these terms:
Ogawa, K., The Yoshiwara, a nightless quarter, 15 plates, oblong 4to., Tokyo, 1902, (Yen 1.50 sen).
For information on Kazumasa Ogawa, click here.
The two rows of characters at the far right indicates a printing date of September 24, 1910 (Meiji 43) and distribution date of September 28, 1910 (Meiji 43).
Close-up, Hand-colored Collotype on Crepe Paper
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