Stereoview Photo of Edo by Pierre Rossier One of the earliest photos ever taken in Japan
[Japan] This stereoview is one of the earliest photos ever taken in Japan. Swiss photographer Rossier (1829-86) came to Japan in 1859 and took the first commercial photos there for English firm, Negretti and Zambra. This stereoview photo is captioned on the rear, 'Views in Japan. 65. Jeda. Panorama of Jeda [Edo] [Tokyo]. This picture gives a general view of the Houses in the Aristocratic Quarters of the city. The low Buildings in the distance, suggestive of some barrack or stabling, being the habitation of one of the great Princes. The frequent occurrence of earthquakes in Japan, renders it impossible to erect any high building sufficiently strong to withstand these visitations; the dwellings of the richer class, therefore, cover a great extent of ground, but are generally built with only one story' [sic].
Pierre Rossier. 1859.
Mount 17.3 x 8.4cm.
In very good condition. Very minor age wear. Otherwise very good. p34061215