HOLMAN, Louis Arthur (1866-1939)
Manuscript diaries of a trip to Japan, China and Korea, iextensively llustrated with photographs and ephemera from the trip
Japan, China and Korea: April to December 1914. 10 volumes. Approx. 1600pp., written recto only. With photographs, clippings, brochures, receipts, menus, maps and other ephemera inserted on facing blanks.
Contemporary cloth with paper spine labels.
Incredible illustrated diaries of a trip to Japan, China and Korea during the outbreak of World War I.
Holman was an illustrator, art editor, photographer and print dealer in Boston, Massachusetts. Born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on July 13, 1866, in 1889 he moved to Boston where he attended Cowles Art School and studied with the painter Charles Woodbury. Holman travelled extensively and contributed illustrations and articles to various popular magazines and worked as art editor of New England Magazine and the Youth's Companion. In April 1914, Holman joined Charles A. Rowland and J. P. McCallie on a tour of the Southern Presbyterian Church missions in Asia, serving as a photographer and filmmaker to take motion pictures of the missionary work.
He travelled from Boston to Vancouver via railway, boarding the Empress of Russia steamship bound for Yokohama. His time in Japan was spent in Tokyo, Nagoya, Gifu, Kyoto, Kobe, Takamatsu, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. At the end of May, he crossed the sea to Shanghai, travelling to Chang-chou, Chen-chiang, Chiang-yin, Hangzhou, Tsingkiangpu, Sutsien, Qufu, Peking, Shanhaiguan (and the Great Wall), and Shenyang. By July, Holman crossed into Korea at Antung, travelling to Seoul, Jeonju, Gwangju, Mokpo, Songdo, and Pyongyang (North Korea). By August he has returned once again to Japan, revisiting Kobe, Nagasaki, and Shanghai, before proceeding to Hong Kong, Canton, Formosa (Taiwan), and back into China to Hangzhou.
Besides Holman's detailed descriptions, his journal is extensively illustrated with original photographs and ephemera, including tickets, menus, programs, clippings, postcards, letters, telegrams, maps, receipts and more. Among the most interesting illustrations relate to the outbreak of World War I, including newspaper extra broadsides relating to the war, a hand colored Japanese flag from the fall of Tsingtao.
The year of his return to Boston, Holman would establish the print department at Goodspeed's Book Shop, leaving in 1930 to open his own firm, Holman's Print Shop, where he was joined by his son, Richard Bourne Holman, who ran the firm after Louis' death (December 14, 1939). Holman's noted collection on Keats iconography is located at Harvard.