A Leaf From the Diary of a Young Lady
Kozaburo Tamamura, c1904
24 Hand Colored Collotype Plates from Photographs

Cover - Decorated Cloth

Cover- Plain Cloth

Miss Tokimatsu

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.


A Leaf From the Diary of a Young Lady,
Tamamura, Kozaburo, c1904

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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