Tokyo: [Published by the author], 1876-1880. First editions 7 volumes, oblong portfolios, approx 10.5" x 15.5"; text in Japanese; 125 chromolithographic plates and one rubbing illustrating 231 notable pieces of Japanese pottery, lacking the French translations in octavo, but with the 6th and 7th portfolio volumes which were published later and are often missing. Blue paper covers edge-worn, stitched bindings weak at some points, the plates themselves exquisitely produced and in near fine condition with the occasional offsetting. Boards of the original folding case present but broken. Ninagawa Noritane was a member of the Meiji government's Museum Bureau, and was instrumental in the establishment of formal recognition of Japan's most important cultural properties. He traveled the country, cataloging the riches held by temples and shrines and gaining access to treasures that were restricted to all but those given permission directly from the imperial family. The end result of this work was the Jishin survey catalogue of temple and shrine treasures, which itself became an Important Cultural Property. This set is a product of that work, and in addition to being notable for its beautifully executed lithographs is arguably the foundational text of the modern study of Japanese ceramics.
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[Kyoto: Kawanami Kihei, 1813]. Fukurotoji, 3 vols., 10" x 7"; early printing, stab-stitched binding in green decorated paper covers; illustrations of women going about daily life and examples of hairstyles, head coverings, and grooming; stitching mostly perished, covers nearly loose but textblock secure with still intact paper nails, ink stain on the first few pages of vol. 1, wear throughout, a fair copy only.
Touto, Tokyo: Ebisuya Shoushichi, 1864 (Bunkyuu 4). Large folding map; 28.25" x 38.5"; hand-colored woodblock print; cities, districts, and castle towns, waterways, and distances from port to port; original stiff paper boards, title label on covers; the paper is clean but extremely brittle, resulting in significant tears along the folds. A revision of a map by Nagakubo Sekisui (the first Japanese cartographer to employ lines of longitude and latitude), and notable for its inclusion of the disputed Dokdo/Takeshima islands.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., 1934. 8vo, pp. xxii, , 671; front hinge starting else a very good copy in original red cloth, gilt-lettered direct on spine. Reprint of the 1881 edition, "prepared and published at the charge of the secretary of state for India in council." The compiler (1817-1883) is described on the title-p. as being the "late Moravian missionary at KyËlang, British Lahoul."
Weltevreden [Java]: Java Institute and G. Kolff & Co., n.d. First edition in English, small folio, pp. , vii, , 172; 262 illustrations throughout including some maps and plans and some full-page; original red cloth-backed printed paper-cover boards; boards soiled, text a bit toned, but on the whole, very good.
Concord, N.H. Rufus Merrill, 1847. 12mo, pp. 24; from the Merrill's Pictorial Gallery series; engraved endpapers, 24 engravings; pictorial yellow wrappers, sewn; extremities creased and worn, p. 16 has green ink hand-tracing the image on verso, occasional foxing, a good copy. Contains brief and disdainful sketches of people and customs from China, Java, and New Zealand that were used to "educate" children.
Tokyo: Chuubunkan, 1944. Third edition reprint of the 1931 Manyoukaku edition, folio, 2 vols. in 1; pp. vi, 2-260, ii, 1-(ii), 1-2, 1-171, ii, 29-1, ii; stab bound with blue boards and braided cord; fine with mild browning to pages and rubbing to board edges; cardboard slipcase. The first volume consists of over 700 images of prints related to the depiction and advertisement of kabuki theater, while the second contains the explanatory text and index.
Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1906. 3 volumes, 8vo, pp. lxxxix, , 336, ; ix, , 396, ; viii, , 385, ; 162 illus. and maps throughout, including 16 folding maps and facsimiles; very good, sound set in original red cloth gilt. Standard history of Japan first published in 2 folio volumes, 1727, and not reprinted in full until the present edition. "Its chief interest lies in its account of an abortive attempt to revive the English trade with Japan which had ceased since 1623-24" (publisher's note). Includes a life of the author and a long historical introduction.
Allahabad: Ram Narain Lal, 1947. Small 8vo, pp. , xxv, , 558; numerous photographic plates but lacking the map; dust-jacket a little chipped at extremities, else a very good copy. This edition is also called the Centenary Edition, marking 100 years of Kashmir's sovereignty, and thus it has been amply expanded (with 3 added chapters plus other amendations) over the previous ones of 1942 and 1943. It also includes a 42-p. bibliography of books on Kashmir.
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1965. First edition, 4to, pp. , 267; 21 plans and 211 illustrations from photographs on plates; spine a little creased, tear at spine head, else a very good, unopened copy in original pictorial wrappers. At head of title: Publications du Musée Guimet, Recherches et Documents d'Art et d'Archéologie, Tome IX. Includes much on Ankor Wat.
Washington, D.C. Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, 1972. Large 4to, pp. xii, 115; printed from typescript; original peach printed wrappers (a bit soiled), general shelf wear, a few tears and chips along edges not affecting text; contemporary inscription on title page. Department of State Publication 8631. "This work was prepared and published with the support of the Defense Language Institute, Department of the Army, United States of America."
n.p., n.d. [Saigon]: [ca. 1960]. Bifoliate leaflet approx. 8" x 5¼" folded, printed on 2 sides, 3 panels bearing Kipling's iconic poem "If" in three languages: English, Vietnamese (as translated by Anh Minh), and French (as translated by Andre Maurois); and the first a decorative panel with the title: Neu / Anh Minh. Some soiling; very good. Not located bibliographically.
Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1957. First edition, 1 of 1000 numbered copies signed by the author and the editor, 4to, pp. 161; illustrated from photographs and previously unpublished pen and watercolor sketches by Lafcadio Hearn; small plate removed from front free endpaper, else very good in original red cloth, lettered in yellow.
[Seoul?]: [published by Troop Information & Education Section, GHQ, Far East Command], . Large 8vo, pp. xii, 220; heavily illustrated, pictorial paper wrappers; owner's name on upper cover and date on flyleaf, spine chipped, very good. An introduction to Korean history, culture, and industry, for the benefit of GIs stationed there post World War II. Almost every page is illustrated with either photographs or line-art illustrations.
Bloomington: Indiana University, . Second edition, large 8vo, pp. xvi, 322; text printed from typescript, graphs and tables throughout, two folding maps loose in pocket mounted in rear; original terracotta pictorial wrappers; spine faded, shelf wear, textblock about fine. Uralic and Altaic Series no. 26.
v.p. v.d. Renard, L'Abbe A., Les Cendres Volcaniques de l'Eruption du Krakatoa, Bruxelles, 1883. 8vo, pp.14; original yellow printed wrappers, rebacked; Northrup, John I. The Eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. X, no. 2. Printed for the author. 8vo, pp. 15; original green printed wrappers chipped and rebacked with cellotape; presentation copy from Northrup inscribed on the first page; Prestwich, Joseph, On the Agency of Water in Volcanic Eruptions with some observations on the thickness of the Earth's Crust from a Geological Point of View; and on the Primary Cause of Volcanic Actiion, London: Harrison & Sons, 1886, 8vo, pp. 173; folding diagram, 8 figures in the text; removed from binding; O'Reilly, J. P., On the Gaseous Production of the Krakatoa Eruption, and those of Great Eruptions in General, Reprinted from the Scientific Proceedings of the Royal Dublin Society, 8vo, pp. 17-30; original green printed wrappers rebacked with cellotape; The Volcanic Eruption of Krakatoa. With a Map. 8vo, pp. ; 2 charts on one leaf; modern wrappers. Extracted from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society; Another copy of the above, with the first leaf in Xerox facsimile; Verbeek, R. D. M. Photographien van den Steilen Wand van Krakatau, Gravenhage, 1908. 8vo, 2 pages of text and one photographic plate Three other extracts (2 on Vesuvius and 1 on volcano on Guadaloupe) from unidentified periodicals, 1728, 1754, and 1797; Extracted hand-colored illustration of the eruption of Vesuvius in 1794.
[Kuala Lumpur: Ministry of Rural Development, n.d. ca. 1963.]. Folio, pp. , including 12 leaves of tracing paper for maps and plans not yet drawn; tipped-in octavo color map of the Malay Peninsula (dated 1963); very good in original red wrappers printed in black. Workbook for canvassers working for the national effort spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Rural Development Tun Abdul Razak Bin Hussain to bring the Malay Peninsula, particularly Kuala Lumpur, into the modern world. NYPL only in OCLC.
Osaka & Tokyo: Shoubi-do, 1909. Oblong fukurotoji, approx. 4½" x 6¾", , 2, 200 leaves, 11 columns per page; preliminaries printed in red and black; original orange wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover; some wear but generally very good. Japanese character dictionary with facsimiles of handwritten characters, printed versions, and their readings. A popular dictionary; this is the 23rd edition. Univ. of British Columbia only inOCLC.
Tokyo: Zuiji Shobou, 1884. 2 volumes, 50 and 51 leaves bound fukurotoji, blue paper covers and paper labels, cover title in vol. 1; light rubbing to covers, ties refreshed, very good. A reader covering difficult points in the Japanese language, with vocabulary lists, grammar charts, and selections of prose marked or highlighted with borders to aid the student.
New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1903. First edition, 8vo, pp. xix, , 338; photographic frontispiece, 14 photographic plates, table of missionaries sent to Laos, and a chart of the Thai race; publisher's green cloth (a bit soiled), edges and corners lightly bumped and rubbed; interior fine. A history of the Lao people in modern-day Thailand.