Kobe, Japan: T. Takagi, Photographic Studio & Art Gallery, circa 1914.
18 x 25.5 cm, unpaginated [22 leaves, plates interleaved with tissue]. Illustrated title page, brief introduction, and twenty hand-colored collotype plates depicting the process of cultivating Japanese rice, or, “Nippon’s ‘Staff of Life’”. Each photograph accompanied by short descriptive text. Known for his glass slides and many collotype books on themes of Japanese life, Teijiro Takagi bought his Kobe studio from photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1904 (and changed the company name to his own in 1914) and continued business through at least 1929. In green raw silk with green ribbon tassels, some bumping, edgewear, and minor discoloration, otherwise very good. Rare. [OCLC locates just three copies: University of Arizona, University of Alberta, and the National Diet Library of Japan].