portfolio of gravures published by the Mentor
Association of New York
City. Complete set of six loose plates, all with captions
printed on the reverse. There is also a twelve page
text on Japan by Dwight L. Elmendorf, a lecturer & traveler.
Issue no. 69, printed in 1914, all images are photographs
of Japan from the 19th century by Kimbei Kusakabe and
The Mentor Association, Inc. was established for the
development of a popular interest in art, literature,
science, history, nature, and travel. They published
a semi-monthly periodical called "The Mentor," for
an annual subscription of three dollars, single copies
15 cents. Subscribers were apparently worldwide. Their
stated object was to enable people to acquire useful
knowledge by means of a simple readable text and beautiful
illustrations. Each issue was accompanied
by six fine intaglio-gravure pictures illustrating
the subject taken from famous paintings and photographs
with text by the editorial staff on the reverse
|They plates are:
|- A garden in Tokyo (garden of Prince Hotta).
|- Mt. Fuji from Kashiwabara.
|- Gate of the palace of the Mikado, Kyoto,
|- The great Buddha at Kamakura,
|- The red bridge at Nikko.
Condition: Very good.