London, South Kensington
8 October 2014
KAZUMASA OGAWA (1860-1929)
Photographs of Palace Buildings of Peking compiled by The Imperial Museum of Tokyo collotyped from the negatives taken by K. Ogawa… with Explanatory Notes… [Shinkoku Pekin kojo shashincho]. Tokyo: K. Ogawa, 1906. 2 vols, Limited Edition, No. 448 of 500 copies. 172 colloptype plates from photographs by Ogawa, printed on card, captioned and numbered, of which 3 are folding. (Panoramas separated at joints.) Text with two title-pages printed in red and black, English and Japanese. Original cream wrappers (slightly chipped at spine). [With:] -- Decoration of Palace Buildings of Peking with Eighty Plates [Pekin kyuden kenchiku soshoku]. Tokyo: K. Ogawa, 1906. Limited Edition, No. 247 of 1000 copies. Printed text in 2 parts, English and Japanese, title-pages in red and black. 81 plates, of which 20 are hand-coloured and tipped onto black card, 59 are line-drawn plates, some printed in colour, and 2 are folding maps printed in colours. Text in original cream wrappers (lacking rear cover). Together 3 volumes, 2° (470 x 360mm), contained in the original publisher’s portfolios of deep green roan, lettered and decorated in gilt, alum ties (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, IN FINE CONDITION. Commissioned by Imperial University of Tokyo during the Boxer Rebellion to investigate and record details of the construction, architecture and decorative features of buildings within the Forbidden City and Palace grounds. This was an unprecedented accomplishment in a hitherto secret and private complex of buildings. By the photographer, publisher and pioneer of photomechanical printing in Japan, who opened Japan’s first collotype printing studio. RARE: only 2 copies of the first work and 3 copies only of the second work listed on COPAC; no copy of the second work in auction records post-1975; neither work recorded in Cordier.
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