[n.p.], [n.d.] (circa 1855). Colored woodblock diptych approx. 35 1/2 x 24 cm; 2 small worm holes on inner margins, otherwise fine and bright. An extrememly unusual and beautifully-colored Ukiyo-e print featuring Japanese men and women grinding spice under the eye of a Westerner. The only other copy located is at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Title translates as "We're all in this together" or "Currying favor in this world"
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n.p. Meiji 10, . Color woodblock diptych of children playing at Tug o' War, notable for the inclusion of two western children, each part of the dyptich approximately 14½ x 9¾ inches (14½ x 19½ overall), printed in red, yellow, green, blue, gray and black, showing 5 figures on each side of the battle, one waving a Japanese flag, and two western "overseers."
Kyoto: Kyoto Hanga-in Co., Ltd., [n.d.] (circa 1950). 11 1/2'x9'; woodblock prints; 6 leaves of plates in color illustrating Japanese proverbs, without the expalanatory leaf, minor soiling and edgewear, else very good in paper-covered pictorial boards, tied with string. Reproductions of prints by the painter Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650) from the Ohtsu region of Japan, known for his Satirical Paintings.
[Tokyo]: Ryoko Do, 1907. 36 x 24 1/2 cm; Japanese color woodblock print, Meiji 40, Japanese text on upper and side margins; minor chipping along edges, small pearl-sized hole near upper corner, else very good. Omocha-e print of various toys: dolls, rocking horse, animals, ship, trolley, swords, and instruments to name a few.
[Tokyo]: Ryoko Do, 1903. 36 x 24 1/2 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 & versos of warrior and ogre dolls, along with their weaponry, designed to be played with, cut out and constructed into three-dimensional dolls.
n.p. n.d. . Color woodblock print, approximately 14½ x 10 inches, of an English couple beneath a running header of Japanese text. Ushitora did a number of prints of foreigners. Sometimes, as in this print, above the image, there is depicted is a list of foreign vocabulary. In top row are Japanese words, below which appears phonetic approximation of (in this case) the English pronunciation of the word.
Osaka: Shiya Chuubei, 1797. Large format fukurotoji, original blue paper covers, 5 volumes in 6, lacking the 2 appendix volumes; 144 illustrations, most double-page spreads, depicting a variety of scenes along the pilgrimage to Ise Shrine. The stitching for each volume is partially perished, except for the second part of vol. 5, which has been restitched; light wear to covers, internally clean. The Ise Grand Shrine is one of the most important sites in Shinto. It is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and is one of the oldest religious sites in the world. Pilgrimage to the shrine has been heavy and consistent since at least the early 18th century, with many hundreds of thousands of people visiting per year during that time. This illustrated guide records the various scenes of the pilgrimage, which was undertaken by the rich and poor alike, and depicts raucous street scenes, religious rites, court images, battles, and landscapes.
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.
Tokyo: Kaido zohan, 1860. First edition, later issue (with white vs. pink title page) of Fukuzawa's first book, 8vo, 104 leaves xylographically printed, and sewn in the Oriental manner, original yellow wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover; very good copy. Fukuzawa (1835-1901) "was a Japanese author, writer, teacher, translator, entrepreneur and political theorist who founded Keio University. His ideas about government and social institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the Meiji Era. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern Japan" (Wikipedia). This Japanese-English dictionary contains English, with readings and meanings in Japanese and Chinese. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue of Dutch and English Studies, C-7; OCLC locates 5 copies: LC (defective), Michigan, Berkeley, Rutgers, and a copy in Australia.
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.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1902. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. x, 377; vi, 374; folding map, 49 photogravure plates; stunning original pictorial blue cloth stamped in gilt on upper covers and spines, t.e.g.; fine bright copies, in publisher's protective cloth chemises (a bit soiled and rubbed; one with a small nick) lettered in gilt on spines. The gravure plates are beautifully produced by Gilbo & Co.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1902. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. x, 377; vi, 374; folding map, 49 photogravure plates; original pictorial red cloth stamped in gilt on upper covers and spines, t.e.g.; spines a bit sunned, else very good. Lacking the publisher's chemises. The gravure plates are beautifully produced by Gilbo & Co.
[Japan: Early 20th c.]. Oblong album containing 157 photographs on 48 pages, dated between 1905-1940, with the majority of the photos taken in the early 1930s. A family album, with both formal and candid photos of a variety of people, including family portraits, association portraits, event photos, household scenes, and images of soldiers. A number of the images have been captioned with dates and the names of individuals or groups depicted. A few locations are also listed, such as Kamisanjimura. Some of the photos, particularly some tourist cards of Mount Koya, appear to be mass produced. The rest are either professional portraits or amateur photography developed through a variety of processes. A nice snapshot of daily life in early Showa Japan, with weddings, children, pictures of photos of the household library and a study desk, the village after a heavy snowfall, etc. The occasional photo has faded but most are clear and in very good condition, in a silver, black and gold album with minor wear.
[Japan: 1930s-1940s]. Oblong photo album, 133 photographs on 62 pages, in addition to 8 loose 11.5 x 9.25" photographs laid in; gray paper covers, title and dates written on upper cover in manuscript, with photographer’s name on lower cover. A collection of candid photos with a few formal portraits, taken by an unknown amateur, dated between 1938 and 1945, with almost every photo accompanied by annotations recording the camera used and its settings. The photographer took pictures of family and friends, tracked changes in town life with the introduction of powerlines and the new night scenes illuminated by electric power, and seemed to have been involved in the Chinese occupation at some point. Very good overall, with a couple of photos lacking, and one photo glued to another, joints starting.
San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, the Murdock Press, 1901. 4to,  leaves, about half of them blank, stitched and sewn in the Japanese manner; text within decorative borders, 43 relief prints, the whole printed in red and black throughout; original pictorial printed wrappers, chipped and worn; the whole quite brittle. This copy inscribed inside the front wrapper: "With a Merry Xmas from Helen Hyde."
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.
Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha: Amsterdam: Harry N. Abrams, n.d., [ca. 1964]. First edition, folio, pp. 554; lavishly illustrated throughout; generally a fine copy in original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine and upper cover, plastic dust jacket, publisher's slipcase. Photographs by Tatsuzo Sato, Shihachi Fujimoto, Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon, Yasukichi Irie, and Yukio Futagawa.
London: Eastern Press Ltd. & Bernard Quaritch, 1923. First edition, sm. 4to, pp. x, 552, ; a near fine copy in orig. red buckram. "A concise and comprehensive guide to the reading and interpretation of Japanese proper names both geographical and personal, as well as of dates and other formal expressions."
Tokyo: Methodist Publishing House, 1907. 8vo, pp. xxxi, , 588, ; very good, sound copy in neat but unappealing brown leatherette, gilt lettering direct on spine. Contains an historical introduction to Japanese, an extensive grammar, a section of Japanese stories and anecdotes, and a 120-p. English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionary at the back.
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. Inside are 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.
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.
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."