January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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Tokyo: the Japanese Government Railways, 1933. 16mo, pp. ccx, 506; frontispiece, maps, pictorial endpapers; original red cloth lettered in gilt in original printed tan board box; previous owner's name printed on title page, else a fine copy. A revision and condensation of Vols. II and III, dealing with Japan, of the Official Guide to Eastern Asia, 1914.
Tokyo: Aoyama-do, 1872. 8vo (approx. 4 3/4" x 7 1/4"), 17 leaves folded and sewn in the Japanese manner plus printed pastedown; xylographically printed throughout; generally fine in orig. green wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover. Includes 7pp. of alphabets, penmanship samples and 18pp. of simple vocabulary, English entries with Japanese equivalents and phonetics. Not found in OCLC. A Critical Bibliography of Materials for English Studies in Japan. Collected by Osaka Women's University, 1962, no. 103.
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.
[Yokohama: 1895]. 8vo, pp. iv, 51, ; 15 cartoon text illustrations, pictorial printed covers in red and black, bound with red silk ribbon; ribbons present but mostly snapped with leaves nearly loose, covers soiled and cracked at the extremities, light worming, small closed tear on one leaf; good, or better. The illustrator Georges Bigot became famous in Japan for his satirical depictions of Japanese life. The critical nature of these cartoons caused trouble with Japanese censors, however, forcing him to publish in Yokohama. The Préface is by Villetard de Laguerie. Throughout the book the Exhibition of Kyoto is mentioned, and there are biographical references made for the Japanese artists.
Tokio: Tokio Times, 1879. 8vo, pp. 7, ; publisher's printed wrappers; old fold marks else very good. Abstract of remarks made before the Biological Society of the Tokio Dai Gaku, January 5, 1879. Morse was an American zoologist and orientalist. In 1877 he first visited Japan and, while looking out of a window on a train between Yokohama and Tokyo, discovered the Mori shell mound, the excavation of which opened the study in archaeology and anthropology in Japan and shed much light on the material culture of prehistoric Japan. "One of the most interesting discoveries connected with the Omori mounds is the evidence of cannibalism which it affords, this being the first indication of a race of anthropophagi in Japan. The human bones were found mixed with bones of the wild boar, deer and other animals." Following his Japanese sojourn Morse served as director of what was to become the Peabody Essex Museum. Reprinted from the Tokyo Times, January 18th, 1879.
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: THe Japan Advertiser, 1928. First edition, folio, pp. xvi, 179, ; original mounted woodblock print by Hiroshi Yoshida, text illustrations throughout; original purple pictorial ribbon-bound cloth lettered in gilt, decorative endpapers; ex-Hill Library with usual markings, some shelf wear, interior about fine.
[Tokyo]: Ryoko Do, [1896-1906]. Approx. 36.5 x 25 cm; 7 color woodblock prints; Japanese text on upper and side margins; all images have rectos and versos of the dolls and clothing designed to be cut out and made into three-dimensional dolls; 1)"Dolls with changes of clothing", Kyoiku ningyo kisekae. Meiji 29 (1896), features a young boy and girl doll with numerous outfits and hats. 2) "Fashionable changes of clothing" [n.d.], boy and girl dolls, perhaps teen-aged, with numerous outfits, some elaborate and Western as well as more traditional kimonos with accessories. 3)"Big sister's wardrobe changes", Kyoiku onesama kisegae. Meiji 37 (1904), features female doll with diminuitive version as well as traditional outfits, with umbrella, flowers, books, tea chest and hairstyles, along with an accessorized dog. 4) "Changes of clothing in the new mode", female doll with 3 different outfits, some with Western influences, along with various items such as books, necklace/watch, clock, and a chair. 5)"Changes of clothing for the fashionable wife", Meiji 39 (1906), female doll with 3 outfits and accessories. 6)"Changes of clothing for the young lady." Meiji 41 (1908), features a young woman doll and little boy, with several outfits for her, as well as a ball, a rice bowl with drink, and a cat. 7)"Changes of clothing for the toddler", Meiji 41 (1908), little boy and girl dolls, with several outfits and toys; all in all, some light edgewear, else very good and bright. Often used for hands-on educational purposes, Omocha-e prints were also designed to be played with, cut out and contructed. The images are a unique look into the Japanese trends and styles of the Meiji period.
Tokyo: K. Ogawa [printed by C. B. Woodward, St. Louis], . First edition, 2 volumes, 4to, pp.  plus 17 plates;  plus 15 plates; the 32 photographs by K. Ogawa, under the direction of Ko-yu-kai; original illustrated cardstock covers with original silk ties largely perished; covers lightly soiled with occasional wrinkles, very slight dampstaining, not affecting images; overall a good, complete set. Ogawa (1860-1929) was "a pivotal figure in early Japanese photography. He adapted cutting-edge Western technology in photo-printing processes to produce numberous half-tone and collotype publications which transformed the market which had previously concentrated on the more expensive souvenire albums. Ogawa's publications were also instrumental in introducing Japanese art and culture to a mass international audience. He built one of the most successful photographic businesses in late-Meiji Japan. He opened his first portrait studio in Tomioka, Gumma Prefecture, in 1877."
Osaka: Poole Women's College, [i.e. 1890]. A delicate and magnificent Japanese rarity in fine condition: 3 volumes, contained within a printed wrap-around band, together in a single pictorial sleeve, each volume approx. 4½ x 3¼", printed and bound in the Japanese manner in decorative paper wrappers, each with a double-page folding color woodblock panorama (The Daimyos Procession, The Procession of the Mikado, and The Bridal Procession of the Common People), and each followed by 26 (for a total of 78) color woodblocks of samuris, court officials, nobles, servants, merchants, girls of high and low station, nurses, weavers, cooks, soldiers, courtiers, fishermen, etc., indeed, the entire panoply of Japanese society. From the Preface, "These books are not only designed to please children, but to show the manners and customs of the ancient and modern people of Nippon. The fine illustrations afford an important aid in this respect. It is through the eye that the understanding itself is most quickly reached."
Yedo [i.e. Tokyo]: . Slim 12mo, pp. , 76; orig. blue cloth-backed drab wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover; spine worn and partially perished, some chipping to the cover label (minute loss to border), occasional spots and stains; good copy. Text consists entirely of an English-Japanese vocabulary divided into 5 sections based on subjects. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue of Dutch and English Studies, C-11; Harvard and the National Diet Library only in OCLC.
Numadz: Itiro W.N. & Co., Meiji 4th, [i.e. 1872]. Second and last edition, small 8vo (approx. 7" x 4 3/4"), pp. , 42 plus printed pastedowns (the first the title-p. in Japanese), 3 red chopmarks on title-pp. (one of them Shogo, who amassed, I am told, a famous collection of language books in Tokyo), text in Roman letter throughout and printed from metal type; orig. blue wrappers sewn in Japanese manner, printed paper label on upper cover; externally worn, and with some limpness to the wrappers, all else very good and sound. Not in OCLC. A Critical Bibliography of Materials for English Studies in Japan. Collected by Osaka Women's University, 1962, no. 97. The text contains 7 brief histories, including Columbus Discovers America, History of Isaac Newton, Washington's Regard for his Mother, and Alfred and his Mother.
[Tokyo: Aoyama-do, 1872.]. First edition, slim 12mo (180 x 120 mm.),  pp. bound in the Oriental style; with 4 Roman alphabets (upper and lower case and 2 styles of script), and a vocabulary in English with Japanese equivalents and pronunciations, all designed for the elementary Japanese student of the English language; orig. pink paper wrappers, printed label in Japanese on upper cover, sewn in the Oriental manner; some wear and soiling, early owner's annotation on rear cover and flyleaf; good copy.
n.p., n.d. [probably Tokyo], [ca. 1900]. Small 8vo, (approx. 7" x 5"), pp. 69; orig. stiff cream paper wrappers backed in black cloth, printed paper label on upper cover; mild dampstaining to covers but generally very good. Without a title-p., as issued. Text in English throughout. Not located bibliographically.
Tokyo: Monbusho Henshuukyoku, 1887. 8vo, pp. 122; 27 illustrations; bound in the Japanese manner with contemporary brown paper wrappers; some lost to front cover label but text intact; top paste down detatched from covers, else very good. With a stamp from the Monbusho on title page. The fourth in a 7 volume series of simple reading exercises, this one comprising 31 short lessons. 2 only in Cinii as of Oct. 2014.
London: W. Clowes & Sons; Numadz: reprinted by W. N. & Co., 1870. 2 vols., 8vo, pp. 344 (continuous); printed title in Japanese on front pastedown, as issued; original buff wrappers sewn in the Japanese manner, printed paper labels on both upper covers; wrappers soiled, ink stamps on title-p.; a good copy. Contains 85 chapters of English history, from Ancient Britain, to William the Fourth. Published under the joint sanction of the Committee of General Literature and Education appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, and of the Committee of the National Society. Not found in OCLC.
[?Tokyo]: Shimaitokku, 1871. 12mo, pp. ; 1 full-p. illustration, alphabets, syllabaries, tables of numbers and roman numerals, and a brief vocabulary; original yellow wrappers folded and sewn in the Oriental manner, printed paper label on upper cover; some soiling but very good. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue on Dutch and English Studies, B-16. Not found in OCLC.
Osaka: Isaburo Hamamoto, 1886. 12mo, pp.  folded in the Oriental manner; illustrated throughout, original pictorial blue paper-covered boards lettered in brown; small adhesion mark on upper cover, binding a little loose, and one small section of the first page (alphabet) where once was an ownership stamp neatly excised, otherwise a good copy, without a printed title, as issued. English vocabulary and conversation book for the Japanese student, with pronunciation and meaning in kangi and katakana. Not in OCLC.
Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto: Gasho-do, 1872. 12mo, pp.  including first and last page mounted as pastedowns, as issued; original yellow wrappers printed and sewn in the Japanese manner, printed paper label (slightly chipped) on upper cover; wrappers soiled, else very good. Interlinear text in English and Japanese in katakana and kanji. Not found in OCLC.
Tokyo: Kin'emon Izumiya, Shindo Zohan, Meiji 5, . First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, 22 and 25 leaves, xylographically printed and bound in the Japanese manner, original yellow wrappers, printed paper labels on each; generally fine in a blue cloth folding box, with thongs. Printed letters throughout, showing samples of mostly commercial letters, with Japanese text above explicating the letter, and a gloss in English and Japanese at the bottom explaining difficult words or phrases. No copies in OCLC. Japan WebCat finds only the Waseda copy.