[Various locations in Japan. ca. 1900]. Ten leaves containing eighty photographs, each 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Oblong octavo. Contemporary black three-quarter morocco and cloth. Hinges and corners lightly worn. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light foxing, primarily to mounts and not images. Prints sharp and clear. Very good. Item #WRCAM45650
Eighty attractive images of turn-of-the-century Japan, as seen through a Western lens. Evidently narrating a trip in Japan, each photograph is captioned in English, usually stating location. Locations include Kagoshima, the Kuma River, Kumamoto, Nakatshu, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Isahaya. While most of the images show landscapes and the scenery of the area, many of them include local people - at temple and shrines, in city streets, going about every day life. Of particular interest are a photograph of a woodcutter's hut, with the family in the foreground, a fortuneteller plying his trade, a group of young men washing vegetables, a view of Suizenji Park, a Buddhist Temple, threshing rice, the sulphur springs at Nagasaki, and various scenes in native villages. A nice collection of images, with the bookplate of New Zealand photo-historian Frederic Hardwicke Knight.