Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Kubota Beisen - Pictorial Record of the War
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Accession Number: DFJN2015ALJW0001.01-011

Title (Origina)l:
Title: Nisshin Sentō Gahō
Translated Title:  A Pictorial Record of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) 
Nine Volumes of eleven.  Incomplete set:  Volume 4 and Volume 8 missing.

Artist (Original):
Artist: Kubota Beisen (1852-1906), assisted by his sons Kubota Beisen (1874-1937) and Kubota Kinsen (1875-1954)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Binding: Fukurotoji binding
22 pages of illustrations per volume (usually), with about the same number of pages of closed-typed text following the illustrations. Plain paper in folded sheets, spine not covered, string ties. 2 pages of manuscript Japanese text at front, 16 colour illustrations (colour woodblocks), 6 pages of printed Japanese text, colophon followed by sketch map, 22 printed pages of advertising at the rear (these pages are thin paper and not folded), a total 28 pages of text and illustrations including the two loose items but excluding the advertising. Inserted loose in the book is a lithographed colour folding map (not as yet found) and a folding colour plate.

Signature: unsigned    
Seal: Unsealed except as noted on images of pages above.
Publisher (Original):
Publisher: Okura Yasugorō(Okura shoten)-Tokyo
Published at irregular intervals between 21 October 1894 – 6 July 1895. Each volume has an introduction by various figures of some standing of the period.
Printer: Sugihara Benjirō
Engraver: Umezawa Minokichi
Publication Date: 21 October 1894 – 6 July 1895
Edition: First edition
Acquisition Date: 06 June 2015

Country of origin:      Japan
Size: 174 x 23.7 cm (yokobon)

Condition:  soiling, tear, stain, missing pages in the page of a book character.
Illustrated Japanese book on the first Sino-Japanese War, Japanese language and format reading from back to front.

The eleven volumes were published at irregular intervals between 21 October 1894 and June 6 1895. Each volume has an introduction written by a well-known figure of the time. The books were produced from carved woodblocks and are bound in the usual method of “bound-pocket book” (fukuro toji). Volumes 5 through to 11 have English captions above the illustrations.
(Ten volumes were originally planned, but an eleventh was added at a later date).

Source: Japan at the dawn of the Modern Age – Woodblock Prints from the Meiji Era, Louise E. Virgin, Donald Keene, et. Al., MFA Publications, 2001, p.68.
“ A unique and important source of inspiration for the Sino-Japanese War print artists was the journalistic reports written and illustrated by the Kyoto painter Kubota Beisen (1852-1906). Accompanied by his two sons, Beisai and Kinsen, Beisen actually followed the troops (the First Army Division) and recorded their battles in words and sketches. And Beisen himself was depicted almost as a war hero in a small number of triptych designs.

 The Brown University Library Hay Military (Volumes 1-8).
The Columbia University Libraries East Asian Special Collection (Volumes 1-11).
The Cornell University Library (Volumes 1-11).
The Harvard University (Volumes 1-11).
The Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Volumes 3 and 6).
The UCLA Libraries and Collections Record (Volumes 1-3).
The University of Chicago Library (Volumes 1-3).
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Volumes 1-5 and 8).
The Williamsburg Research Libraries Partnership Swem Library (Volumes 1-11).

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