Things Seen in Japan
Things Seen in Japan
Things Seen in Japan
Things Seen in Japan

OGAWA, Katsumasa. Things Seen in Japan.

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OGAWA, Katsumasa. Things Seen in Japan. Tokyo, K. Ogawa, [1907].

Oblong folio. Original embroidered silk with floral motifs and Japan on front board; all edges gilt, gold-speckled endpapers with original watercolour illustrations; printed title in English; 47 hand-tinted photogravure plates on card stock (captions on opposite plate-versos in English, French and Russian; two colour-printed maps (one double-page); very light rubbing to covers, more so at lower edges (now cleaned up); light spotting to endpapers; slight offsetting from maps; otherwise near-fine, with the presentation inscription, dated Japan 1912 on front fly-leaf.
This beautiful collection of Meiji period photographs is ascribed to Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929), who was a 'pivotal figure in early Japanese photography. He adapted cutting-edge Western technology in photo-printing processes to produce numerous half-tone and collotype publications which transformed the market' (Terry Bennett, Japanese Photography in Japan 1850 - 1912, p. 288). The subjects range from street scenes to views of interiors, shops and landscapes across Japan.