Tokyo. Hakubunkan. Meiji 38. 1905.
TWO ISSUES, each with foldout chromolithograpic frontispiece illustration, illustrated with black and white photo illustrations of which several are foldout, each 64pp (following extensive unpaginated section of illustrations), 10 1/4 x 7 inches, color pictorial paper wrappers as issued. #19: wear and soiling to covers, foxing to first two pages, scattered soiling. Soiling in margins of chromolithograph, but overall clean and bright condition. #23: wear and soiling to covers, paper loss at lower left corner of front cover and first page (no loss to text), back cover coming loose, foxing to verso of chromolithograph mostly only visible on the margins of the image, light offset from red printing on facing page, good condition. The April 1 issue contains a foldout chromolithograph (sheet 10 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches) by K. Odake titled in English "Brutality of the Russian Troops." The black and white illustrations show aspects of life in Russia and of the progress of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905). There is an extensive section of text (in Japanese) after the photo illustrations. Illustrations of note include: a fold out sheet 12 x 17 inches with black and white photo illustration bird's eye views of Vladivostock, Harbin and Port Arthur; Remains of Russian Works at Ryon-Gam-po; Captured steamers and destroyers. The May 20 issue contains a foldout chromolithograph by S. Tojo "Naval Battle off Port Arthur." This issue focuses on Japanese naval personnel and activities. Fascinating source of information on this event brought about by the expansionist policies of Japan and Russia. Item #45055