The Ceremonies of A Japanese Marriage

The Ceremonies of A Japanese Marriage
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Price :  £180.00

Photographs by Kozaburo Tamamura.

Kobe, Japan. Tamamura, Photographer. N.d. [1905-1906]. First or Second edition. Traditional japanese binding, dark-blue silk boards with two red ribbon ties, landscape. Illustrated title-page, 19 hand-coloured collotypes, each with a tissue guard. Publisher's list of other albums in the series loosely inserted. 180 x 255mm (7 x 10"). 0.3kg. . English, with a Japanese colophon. Near fine; some rubbing to the edges and corners of the boards, the front and rear boards each have one crease which is only visible from inside, ties intact, no marks or inscriptions, all tissue guards present, a clean and well-preserved copy.

An early edition without the Takagi imprint (present in the third edition onwards) and with only 19 plates (the 20th plate is present in the fifth edition onwards).

Kazoburo Tamamura was a Japanese studio photographer who specialised in souvenir photo-albums and produced a series of 'Illustrated albums, with explanatory details, of "Things Japanese."'. The present album celebrates the customs and traditions involved in a Japanese marriage ceremony from the meeting of the match-maker to the final ritual drinking of Sake. The books were intended for export and the English captions offer such charming descriptions as 'Both parties meet at the tea-house so that they may express an opinion on each others' appearance.' and 'The smiles of the daughter apparently pleased the mother.'.