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Japan Photographic Annual 1924 - 1928. ??????. [ Nihon shashin nenkan].

Japan Photographic Annual 1924 – 1928. ??????. [ Nihon shashin nenkan].

ASAHI SHIMBUN (EDITED BY). First four issues of this important Japanese photographic annual each in their original pictorial wrappers. Images captioned in Japanese and English. 1924 – 1925: 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 34 + 80 pages of photographic images + 22 pages of Japanese text + ii + iii (index of title and author in English) + 13 pages which include the Preface and abbreviated English translations of essays, one plate loose with a jagged tear along margin. First tipped-in plate creased at lower left corner, minor wear wrappers. 25.5 x 19cm. 1925-1926 : 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 41 + 112 pages of photographic images + 101 + 26 pages of essays in English. Text and edges foxed, some plates evenly browned. Good in original wrappers with glassine jacket. 25.5 x 19cm. 1926 – 1927: Double page map showing the location of photographic societies in Japan, Korea and Manchuria. 5 tipped-in black and white plates. 112 pages of black and white photographic images + 103 pages of text in Japanese + 26 pages in English. Some light even browning throughout, title pages and first and last leaves foxed in places. Paper spine darkened, some spotting wrappers, edges foxed. 25.5 x 19cm. 1927 – 1928: 5 tipped-in black and white plates. Double page map showing the location of photographic societies in Japan, Korea and Manchuria. 31 pages of text in Japanese, 104 pages of black and white photographic images + 103 pages of text in Japanese, iii English list of Contents, 23 pages which include the Preface and abbreviated English translations of essays + [4]adverts. "3.7.15 K. Kobayashi" in ink with chop below Japanese title page. Spine browned, edges foxed, some foxing and browning throughout. 26 x 19cm. Although these issues show some foxing and browning, typical of this publication and some minor wear and creasing of wrappers, overall it is a pleasing set of the first four issues of this influential photographic publication. The mid 1920s were an important time for photography in Japan. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 inspired many people to take photographs of the damage and the new city that rose from the ashes of the old. Photographic societies sprang up all over Japan and even in places as far from Tokyo as Manchuria, Korea, Hokkaido, Karafuto and Taiwan groups of keen amateur photographers formed societies. This was the birth of the modern Japanese photography movement, Shinko Shashin. The Japan Photographic Annual was the earliest of the publications that offered a publication for the work of these photographers – an offer that was eagerly taken up.
Shashin sh?h? No.209]. [Photography Weekly (No.209)].

Shashin sh?h? No.209]. [Photography Weekly (No.209)].

J?H?KYOKU / INFROMATION BUREAU]. Maps, including a double page "cartoon style" pictorial map of Singapore, 23pp, original pictorial wrappers, some browning and staining but generally very good. This special Singapore issue of Shashin sh?h? [Photography Weekly] ???? (No.209), was issued on the 25th of February, 1942 just ten days after the fall of Singapore. The cover shows a photo of Lieutenant General Yamashita Tomoyuki ???? (1885-1946) dubbed by the Japanese press "Tiger of Malaya" following the fall of Singapore. Yamashita was a commander of the 25th Army who were responsible for taking Malaya and Singapore in early 1942. Includes a photo of General Terauchi Hisaichi ????, the commander of the South Expeditionary Group and his speech commemorating the fall of Singapore (p.3); photos of Japanese forces’ first paratrooper operations in Manado, Celebes [Navy on 11/1/1942] and Palembang, Sumatra [Army on 14/2/1942] (pp.4-5); a painting titled "Crossing the Johore Strait Defiantly" by Miyamoto Sabur? ???? (pp.6-7); an article on natural resources in Sumatra (pp.10-11); an article on the Malaya campaign by an Army war correspondent, Satomura Kinz? ???? (pp.12-15) [a section of this article described the Battle of Muar from 14-22 1942 in which the Australian 8th Division [in the article Satomura wrote "5th Division" mistakenly] fought fiercely and bravely against the Japanese tank units); a photo of the people celebrating the fall of Singapore in front of the Nij?-bashi Bridge in the Imperial Palace (p.17); and a cartoon-style black and white map of Singapore island titled "The Last Day of Singapore" (pp.22-23) showing cartoon style western figures both on the land and in the water fleeing or seeking to, a few groups of Indian and a Chinese figure are also pictured and all of this while the Japanese forces attack.