[JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY] The Far East. An Illustrated Fortnightly Magazine. Vol. II No. I-XXIV [June 1st 1871-May 16th 1872]
Yokohama: 1871-1872. Period binding of purple cloth, three-quarters black calf. 11 x 8 1/2 inches (28 x 21.5 cm); 292 pp., with approximately 142 mounted albumen prints (all images apparently present). Some binding wear, leaf with pp. 15-16 misaligned in binding resulting in minor loss of text to the outer margin and the following leaf partially loose at gutter, pp. 27-28 loose in binding, a few minor marginal tears, the paper a bit toned, the albumens in generally good condition although many with some toning from the newsprint and adhesive used to affix them. The rear endpaper bears a small pencil drawing of a sword with the letters V.R., and with a notation "Yokohama 1872".
This remarkable newspaper was published by John Reddie Black between 1870 and 1878. He had been a partner and editor in the Japan Gazette, the first Japanese newspaper in English, which declared bankruptcy in 1867. The newspaper's official photographer until 1873 was Michael Moser, an Austrian, but Black (an amateur photographer) also contributed images, as did a number of other photographers, both Japanese and Western. The circulation was small in the early years (and probably never achieved over 1,000 copies at any point in its ten-year run).
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