Fine. Item #5883
London: The Folio Society, 2012. Limited Edition: No. 663 of 1000 copies. Vol I: 30 full-page reproductions of hand-colored photographs; 98 smaller photographs embedded within text; 10 full-page painting or print reproductions; Vol II: 30 full-page reproductions of hand-colored photographs; 104 smaller photographs embedded within text; 10 full-page painting or print reproductions. Folio; Vol I xvii + 193pp; Vol. II extends pagination through p. 398; additional supplementary, extranumerary pages in both volumes.
Slipcase and binding of Vol I in lacquer red with black, ivory, and gilt stamping on front panel and spine. Slipcase and binding of Vol II in lacquer black with red, ivory, and gilt stamping on front panel and spine. Textblock edges of both volumes gilded. Endpapers are four-color + gold chiyogami paper.
"This edition of 'Japan Described and Illustrated by the Japanese' was reproduced from originals in the collections of the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester." The work was first published in Boston in 1897-98 and several editions, in varying volume configurations, followed. "This Folio edition follows the text of the ten-volume 'de luxe' edition." With the exception of one fingernail-sized dent near the spine foot of Vol II, the two volumes described here, and their slipcases, are pristine.