Government Railway Agency, Ca. 1914. Hardcover. Lovely silver print images (6 x 4 1/4") of views of a vanished Japan produced for the western visitor. The album consists of 46 studio photos and a printed title page, in a traditional Japanese binding (2 of the original 48 images have been replaced by smaller b&w real photograph postcards).
The images, each with English captions printed in black or white, include tea picking, shrines, landscapes, street scenes, geisha, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Nikko, Tokyo and more.
Elegant oblong 8vo album, all edges gilt, the title in gilt on elaborate brocade cloth covered boards, bound in traditional Japanese style, with cream silk tassels. End papers gilt flecked, each silver print image mounted in gray frame, one image per page (6 x 4 1/2"). Album spine a bit worn, the fabric a bit faded; the silk tassel ties in very good condition.
The photographs are in immaculate condition; an unusual collection of pre World War I Japan photographs. Not recorded in OCLC. Very good condition. Item #22643