January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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[Cambridge]: Naval Intelligence Division, December, 1943. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiii, , 535; large folding color map of Southeast Asia in rear cover pocket, 90 illustrations, largely from photographs on plates, 20 tables and 149 figures in the text; original orange cloth, gilt-lettered direct on spine and upper cover; spine considerably toned, cloth edges foxed; very good. Without a dust jacket, as issued. At head of title: "B.R. 510, Geograpphical Handbook Series"
n.p., n.d. . Oblong 4to, 10 leaves, 60 photographs (mostly 3½" x 5½" but also 4" x 6"), captions in Dutch; contemporary floral cloth; bound with a string of rawhide. Generally very good to fine. Some of the photographs are dated as late as 1924. Contains views of Suez, Port Said, Padang, and Colombo, but the majority are in and around Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and its volcanos, notably the Tengger volcano of which there are several photographs, including a double page panorama (consisting of 4 conjoined photographs) of the famed the Tengger Sand Sea across which is the caldera of the ancient volcano, plus another of the Mount Bromo crater.
Djakarta: Nusantara Publishing Co., 1958. First edition, 8vo., pp. 55; illustrations throughout; grey paper wrappers with pictorial paper dust wrapper. Small triangle shaped tear to dust jacket, otherwise fine. An account of the short-lived P.R.R.I uprising in Indonesia, as told by a field officer in Sukarno's nationalist army. The uncovering of CIA support for rebel activity resulted in Indonesia's long term shift towards China and the Soviet Union.
Geneva: P.S. King & Son, Ltd., 1938. 8vo, pp. vii, 331; Studies and Reports Series B (Economic Conditions) No. 26; Vietnamese library blind stamp on title page, paper label accession numbers on spine, pages toned, extremities toned and creased, spine ends lightly chipped, else good in original green printed wrappers. The report contains chapters on forced or compulsory labour, wage-paid employment, medical protection, morale, protection of peasants, and European labour to name a few.
New York: S. A. Rollo & Co., 1859. First edition, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xviii, - 531, ; inserted color lithograph frontispiece and title-p., double-page lithograph map, 69 wood-engraved plates; original pictorial brown cloth, gilt-stamped on upper cover and spine; the whole a little dull, two signatures extended, else very good. Smith, American Travellers Abroad, I-2: "Big and gaudy, this book epitomizes the type of traveler and travel caricatured in Around the World in Eighty Days."
[Yokohama]: Jitakusai zōhan; [Edo: Wan'ya Kihē], 1861. 2 volumes, fukurotoji, , 45; 22; leaves; fine in original blue wrappers, printed paper labels on upper covers; paper labels on lower covers with manuscript note on one. The preface is in Japanese; the text consists of English words arranged in double column with Japanese equivalents and pronunciation in kanji and katakana, the whole arranged by topic. The last part of the second volume consists of phrases and conversation in a single column, with Japanese equivalents and pronunciation. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue on Dutch and English Studies, C-8. LC, Rutgers, William & Mary and the Field Museum in OCLC.
Japan: ca. 1796. Large fukurotoji, 10.5" x 7.5", pp. ; old Japanese "grass" script with Chinese elements, 18 extraordinary double-page watercolor illustrations; sewn and bound in the oriental style (fukurotoji) in original speckled beige wrappers; very slightly worn, preserving the original manuscript label label; a very good, attractive example, beautifully illustrated. An account of a voyage through the Izu Islands, a chain of islands south of Tokyo Bay, including Hachijojima, Hidojima, Arajima, Ooshima, and Miyakejima. Apparently one of three volumes, but this trip is complete unto itself. Apparently this voyage came as the result of an order from the Kansei Shogunate. During this period there were a number of people who traveled at the government's request to record geographical and cultural observations all over Japan, including Ino Tadataka who is known for completing the first map of Japan. Among these travelers was a local magistrate by the name of "Ochu" ("Taichu") who lead an expedition in 1796 to the Izu Islands. With him was the artist Kodera Osai, and it is his art work that graces this spectacular manuscript. The textual account of the voyage, dated April to December, 1796, is also likely his. In it he records excursions to temples (on the island of Hachijo he used the Soufukuji Temple as lodging), recounts his experiences with the local cuisines (he's a fan of sake), takes note of the silk and weaving industry, and records incidents of family life (in one particular household he notes that there were 14 to 15 children, all of whom were hungry). He describes the flora and fauna (but not in scientific terms) and tells of fish, sea turtles, frogs, etc., as well as the local agriculture, mountains, and bamboo forests. He also has an interesting account of a family trying to fix their roof, and mentions that he can see Mt. Fuji in the distance across the sea. He also tells of the costume of the island inhabitants, how they fix their hair, how the women occupy themselves during the day and how they take care of their husbands at night. On the return voyage a storm was encountered and Kodera recounts the rough trip back. The illustrations include a wonderful cartographic illustration of Hachijo, the first island he visited, showing the topography, the villages, trees, a path, etc.; 2 botanical illustrations; 3 illustrations of fish; 3 illustrations of villages showing inhabitants at work and play; a rock lobster; a sea turtle being pulled and prodded ashore by nearly naked natives; two native women (one bare-breasted) before a mirror, as well as other general scenes of the islands and the inhabitants.
Tokyo: Imperial Agricultural Experiment Station, 1931. First edition, 4to, pp. , 215; map, 97 figures, 88 tables, 29 plates (many in color); errata slip tipped to verso of the title page, xerox biography of the author bound in after the table of contents; original printed wrappers bound in later green cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine, preserving the original publisher's slipcase.
Tokyo: Bureau of City Planning, 1998. Large oblong 8vo (approx 8½" x 11½"), 4 volumes; maps, photos, and diagrams in color; text in English and Japanese; fine in pictorial wrappers. Together with: Urban redevelopment projects, pp. 12; staple-bound in white wrappers, text in English and Japanese, focused on specific projects within greater metropolitan Tokyo. All in fine condition.
Tokyo: Taishomyoshozuesha, 1919. Color folding map, 7.5" x approximately 2'8", depicting a bird's eye view of Nikko, Japan, with labels in English and Japanese. The map verso has a description of the area, also in English and Japanese, alongside additional illustrations and a road map. Contained in stiff green illustrated covers, fine, with light rubbing to cover extremities.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967. Second printing, corrected, 8vo, pp. xv, , 535; frontispiece, 8 leaves of black and white plates printed on rectos and versos, plain folding map bound at back; original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket; minor dampstaining to bottom fore-edge only noticeable on verso of jacket, some cockling, else very good. First published in 1951.
Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1903. First American edition, 8vo, pp. xiv, , 895; photographic frontispiece, 33 plates and maps; original pictorial green cloth stamped in light green and gilt, very good but for darkening to spine, minor rubbing, and a few scattered white smudges (correction fluid?). Japan "as it is rather than as it was" (Introduction). Including chapters on Industrial Japan, Japan as a World Power, and The New Woman in Japan.
Tokyo: Gihido, 1962. 8vo, pp. 7, , 50, , 198, , 31, ; preliminaries in Japanese with English translation laid in, hundreds of illustrations, including plans, layouts, landscapes, and details, most photographic, a few in color, with captions in Japanese and English; blue and white cloth boards with details in blind; owner's stamps on title page, a couple preliminaries dogeared, in an edgeworn blue dust jacket. Saito Katsuo was a Living Treasure of Japan, and designed a number of famous modern Japanese gardens, including Myo-wa-en in Seattle and the rock garden at the New York UN. His analysis of dozens of extant gardens in this book provides a window into his overall design philosophy.
Tokyo: Gyokugandou, [Mid 1800s]. 2 volumes, 39 and 43 leaves, 5 preliminary material and the rest containing conjugation charts for around 700 terms. Bound in the Japanese manner in blue paper covers and paper labels; light wear to covers, string binding renewed, very good. A Japanese grammar. The author's preface is dated Tenpou 12 (1840), though given the nature of woodblock printing and the lack of a proper colophon it is difficult to say if this is the date of printing for this particular copy. Ci.nii.ac.jp lists two editions in 1848 and 1852. An increase in contributors listed in the back of vol. 2 from other known copies suggests our copy was likely printed around the later date.
Yokohama: published by the author, 1910. First edition, 2 volumes, small 8vo, pp. xxvii, 391, ; vi, 453, ; 70 plates including color frontispieces, folding map; light stains in margins of last few leaves of volume II, copyright notices inked out in both volumes, otherwise near fine in dust-jackets with wear at spines and very small chips at edges. "The story of the lives and adventures of Iyo-no-Kami Minamoto Kuro Yoshitsune and Saito Musashi-bo Benkei the warrior monk."
1932. Scrapbook, 12" x 9", pp. ; invitations, calling cards, 15 hand-illustrated dinner place cards with the names of Chinese ladies, dinner menus (both handwritten and printed), 63 mounted photographs, and an assortment of postcards, all from 1931-1939, with the majority from 1932. The contents have been removed from 15 pages, some are loosely laid in, other loose items were included at a later date, including greeting cards from Japanese nautical companies. The majority of printed matter comes from the SS Chichibu Maru and SS Kitano Maru, and is accompanied by photographs of ship interiors, Kobe street scenes and views from Katoomba and Levra, Australia. Also included are a set of promotional photos of the Empress of Japan (1929). Some advertising and dinner menus are from other ships on the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line. The majority of manuscript material appears to be Chinese, with dinner invitations listing the women invited, and the date and location of the event in Chinese with English translations along side them. The manuscript material refers often to a Mrs. Arthur E. Mayo, who was likely the original compiler of the scrapbook, with a few removals and additions over the years. The Kitano Maru and Chichibu Maru, on which the bulk of the material is focused, were both converted into transport ships during World War II. The Kitano Maru was sunk by a mine in 1942, and the Chichibu Maru was torpedoed in 1943.
New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1903. 2 vols, tenth edition with six supplementary chapters, 12mo, pp. -324, (with 2 inserted leaves after page 10); -728; text illustrations throughout; original olive cloth a bit rubbed, both volumes leaning a bit, otherwise a good or better, sound set. The history of Japan from 660 B.C. to the twentieth century.