Tokyo (東京): No details of publisher. 1929. Stock ID #169336
Maps, including a playful coloured map of the tour with Australia very much in the centre, a stylised kangaroo on the left and a depiction of Mt. Fuji on the right. Black and white photographic illustrations, a large foldout photograph, and a photographic portrait with tissue-guard of Prince Takamatsu (younger brother of Emperor Hirohito). Colour illustrations, [180pp], all edges gilt, cloth covers bound with silk tassle ties, cloth fraying a little at corners and along edges, but still a very good and sound copy. 22 x 30cm. This photographic album was issued to commemorate the Japanese Naval Training Squadron's world tour which took place between March 1928 and January 1929. Two war ships, the Izumo and the Yagumo, set off, firstly, to cruise around Japan before their departure for Shanghai in April. Following Shanghai, the ships visited Taiwan, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Batavia and reached Fremantle, Western Australia in June 1929. Australian ports visited were Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. The cruise continued to Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. They continued sailing to Fiji, Honolulu, Jaluit, Chuk, and Palau before returning to Yokosuka in Japan in October. Their second cruise was to Asian ports, such as Jinhae, Incheon, Dalian, Port Arthur and Qingdao. The ships finished their tour in January 1929.
A fascinating album that offers an extensive and detailed photographic record of all the ports that were visited during the tour with photographic vignettes of each of the countries visited. It also includes photographs of the crew together with all their names and positions as well as details of their lives on board. There are photographs of local receptions and dignitaries as well as occasional full-page coloured painting illustrations depicting local life ashore. All indications are that the ships were warmly welcomed in both Hobart and Sydney. Prince Takamatsu (younger brother of Emperor Hirohito) whose portrait appears in the album inspected the ships in Shanghai. This edition was never widely issued, and was no doubt offered as a memento of the Japanese Naval Training's Squadron's tour for those involved. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 169336).
Price: $2,250.00 AU