Lot 193: (JAPANESE ART.) Late-19th Century album.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (JAPANESE ART.) Late-19th Century album. 136 images (105x170 mm; 4 1/8x6 5/8 inches) printed on 7 1/2x10 3/4-inch tissue paper (some with hand-applied details), corner-tipped recto and verso on Dutch paper mounts, each hand-captioned in ink. Oblong 8vo, contemporary marbled paper later edged and backed with brown cloth, manuscript cover (mailing) label bearing the London address of the owner, worn; contents with scattered mild toning and foxing, mounting glue often visible at corners. Yokohama (and London), 1872
Notes: A fascinating illustrated album showing a large number of scenes of Japanese occupations (makers of masks, swords, scallop diver), shops (medicine, biscuit, paper, chow chow, silk cord), ceremonies (sake, tea), societal practices (prisons and executions) and pastimes (fireworks, aquarium, chess). Several images show the instances of destructive fires and rescues. The inside front cover bears a handwritten gift inscription to a William Sangster. Esq, London, from a likely fellow Englishman, Josiah Furniss, from Yokohama, Japan, dated February 1872.