Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House). Shotaro SHIMOMURA.
Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).
Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).
Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).
Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).
Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).

Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House).


SHIMOMURA, Shotaro. Chudo-Ken. Views Within and Outside. Chewdoh-Ken (Tudor House). One leaf of text and 31 mounted gelatin silver prints, each with printed tissue guard. Oblong 4to., 218 x 278 mm, bound in contemporary decorative morocco by Matsuzaki & Co. Kyoto: [ca. 1930].

Only Edition of this eccentric Japanese book, published to showcase a Tudor-style mansion designed by William Merrell Vories for Shotaru Shimomura, the chairman of the Japanese department store chain Daimaru. The book is comprised of black and white tipped-in photographs of interior rooms, furniture, decorative elements, and exterior shots of this Western Tudor house built in Japan before the Second World War.

Shimomura was also a keen photographer, and exhibited in the Ashiya photographic Salons of 1935, 1936, and 1937. Vories had gone to Japan as a missionary and started an architectural practice to help fund his missionary work. A precious, if somewhat exotic, object.

Item nr. 126157
Price: $4,750.00

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