The Imperial City of Peking, China: Kazumasa Ogawa The Imperial City of Peking, China: Kazumasa Ogawa The Imperial City of Peking, China: Kazumasa Ogawa The Imperial City of Peking, China: Kazumasa Ogawa

The Imperial City of Peking, China

Kazumasa Ogawa

Published by Ogawa, 1906
Condition: Fine No Binding
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THE IMPERIAL CITY OF PEKING, CHINA KAZUMASA OGAWA (1860-1929). Consisting of photographs of Palace Buildings of Peking Compiled by The Imperial Museum of Tokyo, published in 1906, Collotypes from the Negatives Taken by K. Ogawa. THIS IS VOLUME 2 (ONLY) OF THE ORIGINAL TWO VOLUME FIRST EDITION. VOLUME 2 CONTAINS PLATES 66 TO 172. Originally 500 copies issued in two volumes with 172 collotype plates (this plates 66 to 172) printed on card from photographs by Ogawa; text in English and Japanese (with photograph captions also in Chinese). Light fingerprints on margins of just a few plates not affecting images, some evidence of yellowing on margins of some plates, but very clean, bright, and crisp otherwise. With original tissue guards, loose as issued in publisher's portfolio, the upper cover in elaborate silk over boards with the title against a decorative Chinese background design, ties, oblong elephant folio (375 x 490mm.) [see actual photos of item]. Some corner wear to the portfolio box, some fraying and fading of silk on box sides, but interior is bright and clean [see actual photos of item]. In the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion the Imperial University of Tokyo commissioned a detailed study of the "arrangement, construction and decoration of the Palace Buildings of the 'Forbidden City' and other palace grounds". The fine series of 172 large photographs by Kazumasa Ogawa (1860-1929, a pioneering Japanese photographer) were a particular revelation as the complex has previously been "jealously kept from public sight". Per the Tokyo National Museum in a 2010 exhibition catalogue, the following: " In 1901, a party from Tokyo Imperial University which included the architectural historian Ito Chuta traveled to Beijing with photographer Ogawa Kazumasa to study the architecture and ornamentation of China's Forbidden City. From 1903 to 1906, Hayasaki Kokichi surveyed China's Shanxi and Henan regions for the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum (present-day Tokyo National Museum), whilst architectural historian Sekino Tadashi visited China several times between 1906 and 1908 to study the Shanxi, Henan and Shandong regions. During their travels these scholars took advantage of photographic technology, which had originated in Europe in the first half of the 19th century, to efficiently document their discoveries. At that time, photography was a vastly different process than it is today as it required glass-plate negatives which were both heavy and fragile. Nonetheless, Ogawa Kazumasa and his contemporaries mastered techniques which enabled them to produce photographs comparable in quality to the high-resolution images of today. " For a complete scan of the images in volume two (in reverse order), courtesy of the Hathitrust project, use this link:;view=1up;seq=1 For a listing of the plate names 66 to 172 see the attached photo (courtesy the Hathitrust) from the original index of plates taken from volume 1. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A VERY HEAVY ITEM AND WILL REQUIRE SPECIAL PACKING, POSTAGE AND INSURANCE. SHIPPING COST TO BE DETERMINED BASED ON ACTUAL COST AT TIME OF SALE. Bookseller Inventory # China3

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Title: The Imperial City of Peking, China

Publisher: Ogawa

Publication Date: 1906

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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