Circa 1890s. Photographer(s) not known. Oblong quarto [28 cm x 35 cm] Pictorial lacquer boards, with the front board completely detached, but present. Beveled edges. Gilt turn ins. All edges gilt. 11.5 inch crack across front board. One embossed face on the front board is missing. Previous owner's brief inscription on the front free endpaper. Leaves with 48 striking hand-tinted albumen prints [19 cm x 25 cm]. Each leaf has two images, one on each side. Tissue guards in between. Very occasional light foxing to the images. A wonderful visual chronicle of the views, people, dress, habits, and customs of Japan. Item #57637
With the following images:
No. 1043. Gardens at Tokio; No. 143 B. Temple at Shiba, Tokyo; No. 954. Shiba at Tokyo; Carriages and stand in park under blossoming trees (no caption); Two women in natural setting, one carrying tray of tea; No. 140 B. Tokyo Costle [sic]; No. 988. Takinogawa Near Tokyo; Forest Image (no caption); 715. Yomeimon Gate at Nikko; No. 127 B. Chiuzenji Road; Waterfall (no caption); 1155. Chuzenji; Village scene (no caption); Flower stand (no caption); Village port with boats (no caption); Port with boat and lighthouse (no caption); 574. Daibutsu at Kamakura; Beach, small boats, workers (not captioned); Two men in small boat on river (no caption); 610. Hakone; Four young girls gathering berries/leaves - (no caption); 930 B. Kioto Town from Maruyama; No. 452. Kioto; 1051. Interior of Honganji Temple; Waterway with logs and Cherry Blossom Tree (no caption); Small vessel with man, woman, and child on board (no caption); Ceremony with five people (no caption); Human and deer in park (no caption); 76B. Osaka Street; 1080. Nunobiki Foll Kobe; Small boats (no caption); Two women bowing towards each other in doorway (no caption); Two women engaged in a ritual with their heads and hands on the ground (no caption); Two women, one pouring tea, the other smoking (no caption); Woman playing string instrument, tea and snacks on a plate in front of her (no caption); Two women, one playing a string instrument, the other dancing with a fan (no caption); A number of people under a bridge (no caption); Woman on terrace with ladel, bowl, and hand towel (no caption); Two young girls (no caption); Young woman with umbrella; Young woman in bold triangle-patterned Kimono (no caption); Man with fan and sword (no caption); Two people in shallow water, one holding a fish, the other stooped over gathering something (no caption); Young Japanese man with bucket over shoulder (no caption); Young street merchant with handcart full of brooms, feather dusters, baskets, and household items (no caption); Man in straw coat pulling woman with umbrella in carriage; Men and women working in rice fields (no caption).