Shinkoku Peking Kojo Shashincho - Photographs of Palace Buildings of Peking, Compiled by the Imperial Museum of Tokyo.
Tokyo, Ogawa Kazumasa Shuppanbu, 1906
This work was produced as a result of the Commission sent by the Imperial University of Tokyo shortly after the Boxer Rebellion to investigate the arrangement, construction and decoration of the Palace Buildings in the Forbidden City. The superb, large-size plates by Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929), the first and foremost publisher of collotype books in Japan. are printed on high-quality flexible cardboard. The famous architectural scholar Ito Chuta (1867-1954) oversaw this project and was given unprecedented access to the palace.
First edition. 2 volumes, folio. limited edition to 500 copies. 172 large collotype plates with tissue guards including three folding panoramas. Original embroidered silk portfolio in cardboard boxes (worn with old repairs). Minor rubbing to edges of portfolio, but overall a very good copy. Separate volume of text in English and Japanese in original cream wrappers.
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