Characteristic Japan. Views and Characters in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Kobe: Tamamura, Photographer. Rare First Edition. Circa 1907. Oblong folio album, original decorated silk padded boards, with silver embroidery and ties. All edges gilt. Title page printed on charcoal paper with decorated borders and text in silver, followed by 24 hand coloured collotype photographic prints on cream paper, with tissue guards. The silk boards have been professionally restored. In a very good condition.
One of several similar albums produced by the studio of Kōzaburō Tamamura, who was one of the originators in Japan of photographic albums of this kind for tourists. The subject of these photographs include Kyoto, Osaka, Shikoku, with scenes of temples, pagodas, rivers, lakes and Fujiyama etc, with captions in English. 420 mm x 190 mm (16½ x 7½ inches).