Lot 114: OGAWA, KAZUMASA. PHOTOGRAPHS [ AND DECORATION] OF PALACE BUILDINGS OF PEKING, 1906 (3 PORTFOLIOS)
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, oblong folio (365 x 470mm.), LIMITED EDITION, NUMBER 442 OF 500 COPIES, titles and text in English and Japanese with captions to the photographs in Chinese, 166 (of 172) collotype plates (the 6 missing plates present as photographic facsimiles), including some folding (2- and 3-part) panoramas, text in original wrappers and loose plates (as issued) housed in two modern portfolios incorporating the publisher's original gilt titled and decorated covers, leather ties, lacking 6 plates (nos. 2, 17-19, 70 and 84; present as photographic facsimiles), panorama sections detached or folds strengthened on the reverse with tape, occasional light spotting or dust-soiling, portfolios slightly rubbed
[Ibid.] Decoration of Palace Buildings of Peking. Tokyo: K. Ogawa, 1906
FIRST EDITION, oblong folio (366 x 470mm.), LIMITED EDITION, NUMBER 198 OF 1000 COPIES, English text, together with 81 loose plates (as issued), comprising 80 numbered, of which 20 hand-coloured and tipped-onto black card, and 2 folding colour printed plans of Peking, and one unnumbered plate, publisher's decorative brown silk portfolio with gilt decoration on upper cover, cloth ties, text neatly rebacked, minor spotting, portfolio refurbished, new flaps and ties
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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Literature: Western Travellers in China 83, 105