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Shinkoku Peking Kojo Shashincho - Photographs of Palace Buildings of Peking: Compiled by the Imperial Museum of Tokyo.

OGAWA Kazuma.; ITO Chuta (1906.)

£65000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. No. 245 of a limited edition of 500 copies. 2 volumes. 172 large lithograph plates with tissue guards incl. three folding panoramas. Large folio. Original embroidered silk portfolio in protective wooden case. A very good copy. Separate volume of text in English and Japanese (original cream wrappers). Tokyo, Ogawa Kazumasa Shuppanbu, [Together with:] Decorations of the Palace Buildings of Peking. No 189 a limited edition of 1000 copies. 80 large lithograph plates incl. 2 large folding maps (20 hand-coloured) together with 2 vols. of text (in English and Japanese). Large folio. Original embroidered silk portfolio in protective wooden case. A very good copy. 60(English text)pp.; 47(Japanese text)pp. Tokyo, Ogawa Kazumasa Shuppanbu,

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. Superb, large-size lithograph plates by Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929), the first publisher of collotype books in Japan. The famous architectural scholar Ito Chuta (1867-1954) oversaw this project and was given unprecedented access to the palace. It is the first complete photographic survey of the Forbidden City as well as the adjacent palaces which had hitherto been kept secret to the outside world. This set is the rare de-luxe issue with embroidered silk bindings in wooden boxes. It is uniformly bound and it is rare to find both publications together.

Provenance: Fred Rowntree Friba (1860-1927), the architect who in 1912 won the competition to design the West China Union University at Chengtu, Szechuan.

Stock Code: 220878