The Stage Photograph-Album of Typical Japanese Theatrical Performances Imperial Theatre Tokyo
[Japan] Lovely, large, collotype photo book of a Japanese play performed at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. Almost certainly produced in connection with the visit to Japan in 1922 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), who was known to have attended the theatre. The first photo shows the theatre building decorated with Union Jacks alongside Japanese flags. The photos were taken by Yabuki Kosho-do. Each photo on heavy paper and captioned on each tissue interleave. A lavish production that appears to be unrecorded, so probably very few were published. Perhaps most were lost in the devastating earthquake of the following year.
Tokyo. Yabuki Kosho-do. 1922.
Title page+25 leaves (photos on one side only) each with tissue interleave. 37.7 x 27.1cm.
In very good condition with original, ornate, folding case. Title page darkened because of its protective leave being made of a different type of paper. Otherwise very good. Folding case with wear at edges with some loss to silk covering. Outer layer of some edges split, but inner layer firm so the case is quite functional as is. b34021120