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"Pornography in the Meiji Era" 1996 Photobook Photo Musee 1800s Japanese Erotica

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"Pornography in the Meiji Era." Japan: Photo Musee, 1996, PB, dj, 20 cm x 15 cm, Approx. 160 pp, color & b/w photos, Japanese text.

Classic nude photos from late 1800's Japan collected from postcards and private photo collections. Some extremely early photos as well as the sepia-toned and hand-painted albumen photos that became big business towards the end of the century. Most of the photos are posed in the studio with the Geisha girls in a variety of scenarios, including the reproduction of Japanese woodblock Shunga scenes, bathing, performing on musical instruments and even some obvious copying of French risque photo models. Though the book is small in format, this is a large collection that could not have been published before the relaxing of censorship standards in 1994.

Condition: Excellent.

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