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Japan - A Pictorial Record. 

LIBERTY Emma Lasenby (1890s].)

£1250.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. No. 143 of a limited edition of 200 copies. 50 collotype plates with text on facing tissue guards (one plate with purple crayon stain). Oblong folio. Original cloth, minor restoration, overall a very good copy. Presentation inscription on title. [ii](credits&index)pp. London, Adam Charles Black, n.d. [but ca.  

Mr. and Mrs. Lasenby Liberty were the owners of the famous Liberty store on Regent Street. They visited Japan together with Charles Holme, the founder of the Arts and Crafts magazine 'The Studio'. During the trip Emma Liberty took over 1000 photographs from which she selected fifty for the present publication. The collotype plates (separately printed by Carl Hentschel) show scenes in Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, Hakone, Tokyo and Kamakura, and while this may give the impression of an average tourist-album the excellent quality of the images as well as their personal focus in combination with descriptive text makes for an extraordinary document by a lady traveler. There are a number of unusual images of daily life including coolies, itinerant acrobats, servants, fisherman and tea-pickers.  Upon their return they founded the London branch of the Japan Society and became key figures in the study and dissemination of Japanese Arts & Crafts. 

Stock Code: 218208