J.B. Millet, 1897, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
ANONYMOUS. Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese, Volume 9 (of 10), Boston: J.B. Millet, 1897. Folio, likely Yedo Edition of 1000 (there were at least 16 different editions), pp. 309-346, plus illustration plates, silk-covered boards with silk label detached, color collotype of a flower by Kazumasa Ogawa as frontispiece, 3 large albumen prints by uncredited photographers. These photos are hand-colored and measure about 10x7.5 inches. They are titled Receiving a Guest, Arranging Flowers and Workmen's Holiday. Imagining Paradise (GEH), p. 322: "This pinnacle of fine book production is one of the most beautifully crafted of all photographically illustrated books. ... The albumen photographs were exquisitely hand-colored, a particular forte of the Japanese." Not in The Truthful Lens or Parr & Badger. Pastedowns appear to have been replaced; they look recent. Condition of this book: Covers lightly worn, hinge cracked wide open at a flyleaf. Clean inside, Receiving a Guest print is faded to a greater extent than would be expected here. First edition of the work in this format and binding, and/or set or series. Size: Large Folio (bigger than A3). One volume of the 10-volume set. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Photography; Japan; 19th century; Travel & Places. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54503.