~~ Book 1916130916 ~~

A Leaf From the Diary of a Young Lady, c1916
24 Hand Colored Collotype Photographs


Cover - Plain Cloth

Condition. The book is in Very Good- condition. The book has plain, undecorated, cloth covers. The hinges are broken (front and back) but still attached. The covers have many areas of fabric damage and staining. The edges have many chips and scrapes. The corners are rounded. All 24 collotype plates are solid. Approximately 3-4 have minor foxing in the margins.

Tamamura Kozaburo
Takagi Teijiro:
A Leaf From the Diary of a Young Lady, Yokohama, Tamamura, c1904~c1916, oblong 8vo (10 x 7 1/4 in), black with gold floral/leaf pattern covers, cloth covered boards (decorated and plain), oblong 8vo (10 1/2 x 7 in - 24.2 x 19 cm), 24 pp. This book is composed of 24 hand colored collotype plates from photographs by Tamamura. Each plate has an English explanation of what it depicts. The images follow Miss "Tokimatsu" through a day. They start with receipt of a letter inviting her to a social event at a friend's home - dressing and preparing (several Kimono views) - arriving at the event (a tea) - the actual "tea ceremony" - playing the koto - drinking sake - return home in a jinrikisha - disrobing (several views of the kimono coming off but no nudity, shucks) - eating supper, smoking a pipe, going to sleep and dreaming of her "hero." The collotypes pages measure 7 x 9 1/2 inches. The image areas vary slightly but measure 4 1/4 ~ 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 ~ 6 inches. The collotypes are protected with tissue guards. There is no colophon. Kozaburo Tamamura (1856-1923?) was a foremost Japanese photographer. To see the title page, click here

The book was produced and marketed by Tamamura as well as his successor, Takagi. I believe the Tamamura books have the decorated cloth boards and the Takagi books have the plain cloth covers.

For more information on Kozaburo Tamamura, click here.

Title Page


A Leaf From the Diary of a Young Lady,
Tamamura / Takagi, c1916

The Letter Box [1]. Reading the Letter [2]. Preparing her "Toilet" [3].
Maid Helps Dress Hair [4]. The Obi [5]. Looking at Her Obi [6].
Departing with Umbrella [7]. Arrival at Friend's House [8]. Tea Ceremony ("Chanoya") [9].
Playing the Koto [10]. Drinking Sake [11]. Home in a Jinrikisha [12].
Arriving Home [13]. Greeting "Okaerinasai" [14]. Disrobing [15].
Taking the Obi Off [16]. Maid Folding the Obi [17]. Changing Dress [18].
Supper [19]. The Futon (Bed) [20]. A Smoke Before Retiring [21].
Reading in Bed [22]. Sleeping [23]. Dreaming of Her Hero [24].
Twenty Four (24) Hand Colored Collotype Photographs, protected by tissue guards. Titles are my summary. For full title and descriptive text click on the thumbnail picture. Page size. 7 x 9 1/2 inches
Image Size. 4 1/4 ~ 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 ~ 6 inches
Close-up, Hand Colored Collotype

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