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Japanese photo book glimpses the mysterious Far East

The Japanese photo book, Japan in Early Photographs, from Arnoldsche, is a clear and concise survey of the Aimé Humbert Collection of early images of Japan.

Japan in Early Photographs, published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, is a clear and concise survey of the Aimé Humbert Collection of early images of Japan.

Aime Humbert (1819-1900) was a Swiss politician, educator, and diplomat. He was in charge of the ratification of the first Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Switzerland.

Humbert used the images he collected in 1863-1864 to illustrate his book, Le Japon illustre (Japan Illustrated, published in Paris in 1870). The images illustrated in this Japanese photo book were gathered from previously published books, as well as original photographs.

In addition to early photographs, the Humbert Collection of 18th and 19th century images includes engravings, watercolors, drawings, and paintings. The photographs include some of the earliest photographs by Felice Beato and Shimooka Renjô.

Belonging to the collection of the Museum of Ethnography (Neuchatel, Switzerland), we see these beautiful and well-preserved photographs for the first time in this book. These previously unpublished images offer a striking view of a lost world.

Japan in Early Photographs: The Aimé Humbert Collection at the Museum of Ethnography, Neuchâtel; hardcover, English, 292 pages, 22 x 29 cm, 213 color illustrations; ISBN: 978-3-89790-027-1. Available on and directly from the publisher, Arnoldsche. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and affiliated websites.