Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan

Today we look at Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan.
This album appeared in many forms in Japan throughout the 1910s, and is based on a suite of 50 photos by Ogawa Kazumasa. It was published by the Imperial Government Railways. Whilst some editions featured black and white plates, the Library’s edition features full-colour plates and 2 full-page maps. Our edition is also bound in beautiful (if a little frayed!) embroidered silk covers depicting a mounted nobleman and his retinue traveling in the shadow of Mount Fuji. The binding is held with golden thread ties, with a cut-away spine revealing golden foredge decoration.

Update May 2015: Sadly this volumes was damaged in the Mackintosh Library fire but was salvaged during archaelogical excavations and is now awaiting conservation treatment.


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