Bijutsukan Shuppin Zuroku, The Reproductions of the Exhibitions in the Fine Art Building of the Fifth National Industrial Exhibition. [with] Ticket to the Exhibition.
Kobe, Japan: Kansei Shashin Seihan Insatsu Goshigaisha, 1903. 10-3/4 x 15-1/4 inches. 18pp + 335 b&w plates, printed verso only. Green cloth boards bound with string, gilt stamped lettering, a.e.g. Body of text in Japanese; ticket in English and Japanese. Light rubbing to edges and front board, with some fading/loss to gilt of lettering; front endpaper creased. Ticket is 3 x 2 inches, printed in purple and black on white stock; small loss to one edge. Together, the pair are housed in a green clamshell case with a cream title label. Very Good.
A uncommon, massive exhibition catalogue containing approximately 1,000 illustrations (each plate contains multiple illustrations), showcasing Japanese art at the turn of the 19th century. The exhibition was held from March 1 - July 31, 1903, in Osaka, and was the first to be open to foreign visitors. It also followed on the heels of Japan's victory in the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), which encouraged businesses in the country to expand into new markets. and the construction of a national railway system. It remains the largest and most well-attended such event held in Japan to date.
OCLC locates at least five holdings, under different transliterations of the title.