Tokyo: Gakushuusha, Oct. 5, 1926. Eleventh issue of 9th volume in the series.  pp. with a fold out page in the center, staple bound with inner sheet separated from staples and paper cover starting. Split along bottom crease of cover. Contains a series of short narratives, colorfully illustrated, including the boy who cried wolf, a feuding clam and octopus, and the first part of a story in which a one-legged boy in Italy seeks to become a soldier during the First World War. Text is almost exclusively in katakana script. This volume was part of a monthly series aimed towards young boys, with a similar series for young girls running concurrantly.
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London: Moses Pitt, 1671. 2 volumes in 1, 12mo, pp. 258, 176, 102; 1 fold-out map; modern brown buckram, gilt lettering on spine, some shelf wear; worming in margins, tape repair to title page verso. Title page of volume II reads "Particular Events; or the most considerable passages after the war of five years, or thereabouts, in the Empire of the Great Mogol". "A more curious and entertaining work than Bernier's Travels can hardly be imagined; the lively style of the author, combined with his intelligence, and the extraordinary nature of the scenes he witnessed render his work altogether more like a glowing romance than a detail of real events" (Lownes). "Bernier, a French physician, was one of those travellers like della Valle who was lured abroad for the sake of gratifying curiosity. Of much learning, especially in the philosophy of Gassendi, whose opinions and discoveries he inherited, capable of penetrating to the ultimate causes of an event, he proved to be a political and social historian of the first magnitude His work is particularly valuable for its record of the struggle of the four sons of Shah Jahan to secure the throne, which finally fell to the fourth, Aurangzib. At the court of the Mogul, with whom he was a favorite, he spent twelve years. He notes in detail the weakness inherent in the Mogul system of inheritance… the rapacity of the governors; the corruption of its military leaders; and the rottenness of the land system, together with the miserable state of the lower classes" (Cox I, p. 274, quoting Oaten's Early Travellers and Travel in India).
London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d., [ca, 1924]. 8vo, pp. xi [i.e. ix], , 206; frontispiece portrait, 1 plate, 2 maps; original blue cloth a little faded on covers, preserving the original printed dust-jacket which is variously creased and chipped, with slight loss at the bottom of the spine, and with tape reinforcement on the verso. Issued in the publisher's Master Missionary Series. James Gilmour worked tirelessly in the name of God on the Great Plain and perimeter of the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
Tokyo: The Herald Press, . First edition, 12mo, pp. , ii, 39, ; 3 folding maps; rebound in green cloth with original paper cover laid down on upper cover; light toning, a couple shallow closed tears, very good. "The first reliable account in English" of the Shanghai Incident of 1932, essentially apologia for Japan's military aggression. Motosada was one of the most fluent Japanese speakers of English in his time, and his passion for the language led him to become the aide to the first prime minister of Japan and founder of Japan's first English-Language newspaper, The Japan Times.
Paris: Paul Guethner, 1934. Square small 4to, pp. , 224; occasional spotting, else fine in orig. printed wrappers. This copy with a presentation from the author on the flyleaf. Issued as vol. III in the publisher's Austro-Asiatica Documents et Travaux series, under the direction of Jean Przyluski.
[Tokyo]: Ryoko Do, 1903. 36 x 24.5 cm; Japanese color woodblock print, Meiji 36, Japanese text on upper and side margins; minor chipping along edges, else very good. Omocha-e print of the Japanese folklore tale of Momotaro, features rectos and versos of warrior and ogre dolls, along with their weaponry, designed to be played with, cut out and constructed into three-dimensional dolls.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1931. First edition, large 4to, pp. xxiii, , 935; publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, some discoloration from damp, corners a bit bumped; hinges reinforced, later (1938) ownership signature to front flyleaf, textblock about fine. Yakushi T276; Zaunmüller 294.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1930. First edition, large, slim 8vo, pp. , -196, ; vignette title page, 10 plates (1 in color, 1 loose) and 20 illustrations in the text; covers a little soiled, else generally fine in original printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 3 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes wicker boats in Manchuria, Korea, and Mongolia, skin-boats in China, Tibet and India, French and British coracles, the Eskimo and Aleutian skin-boats, the American bull-boats, etc.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1929. First edition, large, slim 8vo, pp. , - 114, ; vignette title page, 4 plates (1 in color) and 9 illustrations in the text; generally fine in original printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 2 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes earliest records of turtle-boats, medieval turtle-shell boats, Japanese myths relating to turtles, etc.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1928. First edition, large, slim 8vo, pp. , 60, ; vignette title page, 7 plates and 16 illustrations in the text; generally fine in original printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 1 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes basket-boats in ancient China, modern basket-boats in French Indo-China, Japanese myths connected with bastket-boats, etc.
Japan, n.d. [ca. 1870s]. An omochae, or toy picture broadside, approx. 14" x 10"; minor wear to extremites, repaired and neatly reinforced with paper on verso, some soiling. Omochae were broadsides and pamplets that provided entertainment and education to young children through the use of colorfully illustrated terms for study. They appeared in number during the Kansei era (1789-1801), and remained popular through the Meiji period (1868-1912). Ths broadside provides a number of English terms in hiragana charcters and their Japanese translations. Topics covered include the basic "man," "woman," and "child," along with more mature concepts, such as "wine" and "drunken."
Amsterdam: J. Müller & comp. 1833. First and only contemporary edition (a facsimile was done in Japan in 1978); 4to, pp. , 320; 15 beautifully rendered hand-colored lithographs; some occasional foxing but in all a very nice copy internally with original printed wrappers bound in, and in what appears to be a publisher's binding of full tan calf with Japanese motif chain link border on covers, gilt medallions in the corners enclosing a central panel decorated in gilt and blind, mostly in imitation of the wrappers, a.e.g.; some rubbing and wear at the extremities of the binding, the whole rebacked with the original spine laid down. Binder's ticket of J.H. Peters of Amsterdam on rear pastedown. Landwehr 385: "The author stayed nine years in Decima [Nagasaki] since his arrival in Japan in 1822."
Dublin: Luke White, 1793. Second Dublin edition, 8vo, pp. xxix, , 378; frontispiece portrait, 14 engraved plates (1 folding), 2 maps (1 folding); contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine; spine scuffed, extremities rubbed; a good, sound copy. Hill, Pacific Voyages, p. 160, citing the first edition of 1788: "In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox."
London: printed for G. Nicol, 1788. First edition, 4to, pp. xxvii, , 378, ; frontispiece portrait, 3 folding maps, one folding view, and 12 plates (complete); full contemporary gilt-tooled tree calf recently rebacked, original red gilt morocco spine label, marbled endpapers; edges a bit scuffed, ownership rubber stamp on title page, else very good and sound. Contemporary manuscript ownership signature on title page of "S.B. Fludyer," most likely Sir Samuel Brudenell Fludyer, Second Baronet (1759-1833). Hill, Pacific Voyages, p. 160: "In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox."
London: John Stockdale, 1812. 2 volumes, 4to, pp. xxiii, , 552; [iii]-xxxii, 525; complete with with 52 engraved plates (43 hand-colored, 26 folding), 29 in-text vignettes (23 hand-colored), all by Geissler, and three large folding maps; contemporary full calf with an octagonal panel central on all covers within double gilt rules, rebacked ca. 1930 in brown calf, gilt-decorated spines, brown morocco labels lettered in gilt; extremities a bit worn and rubbed, but the binding is sound and, a few spots and some minor offsetting aside, it's internally fine. Cox I, p. 199: "Pallas was one of the savants chosen by the St. Petersburg Academy to carry on the work of examining the resources of the far distant parts of the Russian Empire. He left St. Petersburg in 1768 and spent a full six years investigating various districts of Siberia, the Urals, the Caspian, Tobolsk, Lake Baikal, the Lower Volga, etc. His reports on the geology, fauna, and flora are of great scientific value." His journey extended to the frontiers of China. "Few explorations have been as fruitful as this six years' journey" (EB). The translator, F. W. Blagdon. in addition to the narrative, the natural history results of the expedition which were not included in the first German edition. Abbey, Travel, 222 (for the first English edition of 1802-03); Tooley, pp. 357-8.
Tokyo: National Research Council, Dept. of Education, 1926. A nearly complete file of these guide-books to the geology of Japan, prepared for the delegates of the Pan-Pacific Science Congress; 24 (of 26) volumes, small 8vo, each generally fine in original printed wrappers, 6 to 50 pages, many with plates and maps (some folding, some in color); contained in a new gray cloth clamshell box. Including: The Ainu; Geology of the Ikushunbets Coal-Mining District; Nikko; Hakone; The Ashio Copper Mine; The Hitachi Copper Mine; Sendai and Matsushima; The Iwaki Radio Station; Kamakura and Enoshima; Fossil-Localities in the Environs of Kioroshi; The Kasori Shell-Heaps; The Hundred Caves at Yoshimi; The Misaki Marine Biological Station; Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe; Miyajima; Unzen Volcanoes; Bepu the Hot Spring City; The Besshi Copper Mine and Yashima; The Mike Coal Field; Aso Volcano; The Kuma-Gawa; Sakura-Jima Volcano; and, Aoshima. The set lacks but two volumes: The Lake District Around Mt. Fuji, and Chichibu.
Kochi-shi: Kochi-ken Tesuki Washi Kyodo Kumiai [Japanese Handmade Paper Association], 1990. Edition limited to 500 copies; 2 volumes, small folio, pp. , 106, xiv, ; , 5, , followed by 150 leaves with tipped-in paper samples, each with descriptive text in English and Japanese, ; all on double leaves and bound in original brown wrappers in the Oriental style, printed paper labels on upper covers; volume I contains 8 pages of color photographs, and additional black & white photographs throughout the text depicting the papermaking process, as well as a summary of the text in English; contained in a dark blue folding case with thongs and a printed paper label on the upper cover, and the whole in a black cloth clamshell box with paper label on spine.
North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1981. Edition limited to 250 copies (this, no. 112), 8vo, pp. 87, , 12, ; 33 colorful chiyogami samples tipped in, 18 leaves of "screen paper" samples; the text is comprised of a review of a few English language books on Japanese paper (and a facsimile reprint of Henry Munroe's The Manufacture of Japanese Paper); original quarter black oasis over Japanese block-printed Kyo Katazomegami paper by Gray Parrot , teal morocco label on spine; fine. Bird & Bull Thirty, A32.
Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 1984. Edition limited to 500 copies (this no. 223), 4to, pp. x, 43, , followed by a facsimile of the Parkes report, 19 facsimile water colors (depicting 20 figures), and facsimile leaves of the papermaking manual Kamisuki chohoki; original maroon morocco-backed decorative paper-covered boards, black morocco label on spine. Accompanied by a separate folio with an extra suite of the 19 watercolors; together in the publisher's slipcase; fine. Henry Parkes was sent to Japan to survey the Japanese paper-making process in 1869. The paintings included were commissioned specifically for this report and were likely copied in part from Kamisuki chohoki. Bird & Bull Thirty A38.
Tokyo: Librairie Sansaisha, . First edition, 8vo, pp. xiv, 842; frontispiece, pictorial title-page, illustrated throughout; original brown cloth, spine stamped in gilt; about fine. Still a useful reference, gives a summary account of the principal events and names that occur in Japan's history and geography.
Tokyo, Osaka, & Kyoto: Shisho-do, 1871. Fukurotoji, approx. 7"x 5", 16 leaves, xylographically printed throughout, original gray paper wrappers, printed paper label on cover; wrappers worn, but generally good and sound throughout, with one small illustration in the text showing the proper method of holding a pen. With the fine paper jacket. Includes 6 pages of alphabets, 6 pages of Roman and Arabic numbers, and 18 pages of penmanship and ligature examples all for the instruction of the Japanese student learning to write Western characters.
Madrid: Libraria General de Victoriano Suárez, 1930. First edition limited to 150 copies (this #107), 8vo, pp. ix, , , 95, ; introduction, followed by a facsimile of the original 1776 manuscript; later green cloth, gilt title direct on spine, uncut with speckled top edge, original paper covers bound in; near fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with bookplate on pastedown, and release stamp on inside of upper wrapper. Palau 12248.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1953. Large 8vo, pp. , 290, full page map in text; green cloth library binding, gilt title on spine, speckled top edge, original paper wrappers bound in, a gift copy with "compliments of the author," written on the front wrapper; fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with bookplate and label on pastedowns and release stamp on free endpaper. Hanunó'o is spoken by the Mangyans of Mindoro Island, Philippines. Harold Conklin was the premier authority on their language, as well as a pioneer in integrating folk knowledge with ethnolinguistic study.
Madrid: en la imprenta de la administracion del Real Arbitrio de Beneficencia se hallará en la librería de Ranz calle de la Cruz, 1800-01. First edition, 2 volumes (of 6) in 1; small 4to, pp. xvi, 396; 480; 4 folding tables (2 in each volume); later three-quarter brown moroco over marbled boards, gilt-paneled spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 3, t.e.g.; a nice copy. This, an Ayer Linguistics duplicate with a Newberry release stamp on the verso of the second flyleaf. These first two volumes were all that was needed in the Ayer collection, covering, as they do the Lenguas y naciones americanas; and the Lenguas y naciones de las islas de los mares Pacifico é Indiano austral y oriental, y del continente del Asia. Volumes 3-6 covered the European languages only. Palau 114453; La Vinaza, Bibliografia Espanola de Lenguas Indigenas de America (1892), 397.