Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun. 1924- 1928. Stock ID #162327
First four issues of this important Japanese photographic annual each in their original pictorial wrappers. Images captioned in Japanese and English.
1924 - 1925: 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 34 + 80 pages of photographic images + 22 pages of Japanese text + ii + iii (index of title and author in English) + 13 pages which include the Preface and abbreviated English translations of essays, one plate loose with a jagged tear along margin. First tipped-in plate creased at lower left corner, minor wear wrappers. 25.5 x 19cm.
1925-1926 : 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 41 + 112 pages of photographic images + 101 + 26 pages of essays in English. Text and edges foxed, some plates evenly browned. Good in original wrappers with glassine jacket. 25.5 x 19cm.
1926 - 1927: Double page map showing the location of photographic societies in Japan, Korea and Manchuria. 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 112 pages of black and white photographic images + 103 pages of text in Japanese + 26 pages in English. Some light even browning throughout, title pages and first and last leaves foxed in places. Paper spine darkened, some spotting wrappers, edges foxed. 25.5 x 19cm.
1927 - 1928: 5 tipped-in black and white plates. Double page map showing the location of photographic societies in Japan, Korea and Manchuria. 31 pages of text in Japanese, 104 pages of black and white photographic images + 103 pages of text in Japanese, iii English list of Contents, 23 pages which include the Preface and abbreviated English translations of essays + adverts. "3.7.15 K. Kobayashi" in ink with chop below Japanese title page. Spine browned, edges foxed, some foxing and browning throughout. 26 x 19cm.
Although these issues show some foxing and browning, typical of this publication and some minor wear and creasing of wrappers, overall it is a pleasing set of the first four issues of this influential photographic publication. The mid 1920s were an important time for photography in Japan. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 inspired many people to take photographs of the damage and the new city that rose from the ashes of the old. Photographic societies sprang up all over Japan and even in places as far from Tokyo as Manchuria, Korea, Hokkaido, Karafuto and Taiwan groups of keen amateur photographers formed societies. This was the birth of the modern Japanese photography movement, Shinko Shashin. The Japan Photographic Annual was the earliest of the publications that offered a publication for the work of these photographers - an offer that was eagerly taken up. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 162327).
Price: $2,000.00 AU