Nihon-san kaisō hyōhon. [Seaweed specimens].
[Tokyo? : s.n.], late Meiji to early Taishō period [1900-1910s]. Publisher’s album, 180 x 120 x 35 mm, papered boards with Japanese titles to front printed in gilt (boards sunned and lightly marked), containing concertina-style foldout with 49 (of 50) window-mounted (i.e. fully removable) postcards, each with an original specimen of pressed seaweed affixed recto; cards all have printed captions giving the Latin scientific name (in roman script) and Japanese name of the specimen; condition is generally very good throughout, with an expected amount of foxing and off-setting.
A most unusual series of unique postcards, undoubtedly rare as a virtually complete set mounted in its original presentation album.
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