One of the most opulent pictorial books ever published, Japan, produced at the end of the 19th century, captures a vanished world in 259 hand-coloured photographs. This is the first time this landmark work has been reproduced in its entirety in two luxurious volumes.
Japan includes over 250 hand-coloured photographs showing buildings and landscapes – Mount Fuji seen from Kashiwabara, cherry blossoms at Koganei, temples and bamboo groves – as well as Japan's inhabitants, including street vendors, calligraphers, geishas and Buddhist monks. The work also features ten full-page collotypes of Japanese flowers and ten art prints. One of the most influential Japanese art historians of the day contributed ten essays on Japanese artworks from different eras and there is additional text explaining Japan to a Western audience. At the end of the 19th century, turning these pages was the next best thing to visiting this mysterious and fascinating country. Japan was often referred to as a ‘sealed book’: now, for the first time, the book was being opened.
Limited to 1000 copies
Bound in full cloth, blocked in three colours with a design by Neil Gower
Chiyogami endpapers hand-printed in Japan
Gilded on all three page edges
Presented in cloth-bound slipcases
Hand-numbered on a special limitation page
Volume I: 304 pages
Volume II: 312 pages
Both volumes measure 16" x 12½"