~~ Set 1910110313 ~~

Color Collotype Books

Japanese Views and Characters, Volume I
(Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki)

Type 2

 

Set 1910110312
Japenses Views and Characters, 3 Books

Volume I (Type 2). (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki)
Volume II (Type 2). (Yokohama, Kamakura, Fuji and Nagoya)
Volume III (Type 2). (Tokio and Nikko)
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Matched Set.

This is a matched set. The boards are all covered with the same fabric and the cover illustrations are very similar and have the same theme which is a lakeside cottage with a boat in the foreground. The books are all the same size. To see the covers of all three books, click here. To see the title pages of all three books, click here.

Condition.

General Comments Regarding Volumes I, II and III. All three books are in Very Good condition. The covers have wear which is primarily confined to the edges which have scraped areas. As usual, the inside front and back hinges are cracked. Throughout there are small smudges in the margins of the plates. All plates are protected by tissue guards. The condition of the spine covering is discussed below. The bindings are solid but not tight as the plates are held in place completely by the string ties and these have loosened. These books were issued with approximately 1 in of the spine covered with a silk type cloth at the top and bottom.

Specific Comments:

Volume I, Type 2. One plate (Cherry Blossoms and Jinrikisha) has a tear in starting in the right margin and extending 1 cm into the collotype image. The spine covering (top and bottom) is present but both are broken.

Volume II, Type 2. The "Tea Picking plate is inserted upside down. The top and bottom spine covering are both missing.

Volume III, Type 2. The "Cherry Blossoms at Uyeno, Tokyo" plate has a discolored area at the bottom middle and it extends into the image area. The bottom spine covering is present and the top spine covering is missing.

 
Tamamura, Kozaburo :
Japanese Views and Characters, Vol. I (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki), publisher not stated, ca 1910, horizontal 8vo (6 x 9 in - 15.2 x 23 cm), 24 hand colored collotype plates with captions in English, tissue guards, hard boards covered with fabric, string tied, unpaginated. The actual images are approximately 4 x 6 in (10.5 x 15 cm). The hand coloring of the collotype plates in these books is well executed with a wide range of colors employed, to include pastels.

I have examined two types of this book. They have different hand colored illustrations on the cover and title page. While each book has 24 plates, one of the Kioto plates is different in the two types. The titles shown below are as printed below the images in the Type I book. For some plates, while the images are the same, the titles vary slightly in the Type II book. This is a Type II book.

 

Title Page

Type II

 
24 Plates with Pics

Arashiyama at Kioto in the Spring Season


Hozugawa Rapids at Kioto


Vicinity of Kioto where the women are known with the 
strange custom of putting heavy loads on their heads


The Big Cherry Tree in the Park at Maruyama, Kioto


Goin Street at Kioto
(Only in Type II book, this book)


Sanjo-bridge at Kioto (Only in Type I book)


A Summer Day


A Summer Evening


Porcelain Stores at Kiyomizu, Kioto


Autumn Tints at Kiyomizu Temple, Kioto


Wisteria Blossoms in May


Girls playing a game with music


In the Park of Nara


Castle of Osaka (top) Miyajima, 
the Celebrated Island in Inland Sea (bottom)


Cherry Blossoms and Jinrikisha with Geisha Girls


Ikuta Temple at Kioto


Nunobiki Water-fall at Kobe


The Daibutsu at Kobe


Iris Blossoms in the Pond


Moonlight Scene of Maiko Beach Near Kobe


Three Belles in a Pine Grove


Rice Planting


Takaboko, the Entrance to Nagasaki Harbour


Ladies Saluting, Bidding Good-Bye

Plates Titles Without Pictures (Type I and Type II Books).

  1. Arashiyama at Kioto in the Spring Season
  2. Hozugawa Rapids at Kioto
  3. Vicinity of Kioto where the women are known with the strange custom of putting heavy loads on their heads
  4. The Big Cherry Tree in the Park at Maruyama, Kioto
  5. Goin Street at Kioto (Only in Type II book)
  6. Sanjo-bridge at Kioto
  7. A Summer Day
  8. A Summer Evening
  9. Porcelain Stores at Kiyomizu, Kioto
  10. Autumn Tints at Kiyomizu Temple, Kioto
  11. Wisteria Blossoms in May
  12. Girls playing a game with music
  13. In the Park of Nara
  14. Castle of Osaka (top) Miyajima, the Celebrated Island in Inland Sea (bottom)
  15. Cherry Blossoms and Jinrikisha with Geisha Girls
  16. Ikuta Temple at Kioto
  17. Nunobiki Water-fall at Kobe
  18. The Daibutsu at Kobe
  19. Iris Blossoms in the Pond
  20. Moonlight Scene of Maiko Beach Near Kobe
  21. Three Belles in a Pine Grove
  22. Rice Planting
  23. Takaboko, the Entrance to Nagasaki Harbour
  24. Ladies Saluting, Bidding Good-Bye

No Colophon.

Set 1910110312
Japenses Views and Characters, 3 Books

Volume I (Type 2). (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki)
Volume II (Type 2). (Yokohama, Kamakura, Fuji and Nagoya)
Volume III (Type 2). (Tokio and Nikko)
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