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Choko Taikan [The Yangtse Sights] - TAKUZO YAMANE - 1916. 
1916 1916 - Tokyo 1916. 136 full-page b/w photograph plates, including 6 folding panoramas, each with descriptive leaf in English and Japanese languages. Oblong folio. Well-preserved copy bound in publisher's hand-painted silk boards, all edges gilt and in handpainted buckram portfolio by Kohgyo Terazaki. Portfolio weakly marked of use, the book itself near mint. * ' fruit of my travels, extending for some ten years, in Central China, during which I took more than one thousand photographs of important cities, towns, commercial and industrial centres, noted historical places and sights, ancient monuments and architectures, and what not that may be found in the Yangtse Valley In this book are arranged, one after another, the grand and majestic sights and scenes of the Yangtse basin from its upper district of Passhu down to Chingchow and Nanking, in such an order and fashion as to equally appeal to the profound interest of those who are already acquainted with China and of those who are not. Furthermore it has been my effort and hope to give thorough knowledge of geography, history and economic conditions of Central China, that is watered by one of the largest rivers of the world, and where a civilization entirely inherent to the Chinese people has been developed since time immemorial.I wish to invite special attention to the cover design of this album. It is from the brush of Mr. Kohgyo Terazaki, a Japanese artist of great distinction, he himself being a great scholar of things Chinese and an extensive traveler in the great continent which has so many things of interest and import yet to be exploited' [from the preface].
[Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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