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."
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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."
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 Coper 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.
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.
Kobe & London: J.L. Thompson & Co. & Kegan Paul, Trench, et al. . 8vo, pp. viii, , 283, [5, ads]; 5 plates (4 folding); original brown cloth, spine gilt; spine minimally faded, else near fine. Edited with commentary and notes by Cyril Wild. Wild extracted and rearranged all the material concerning Japan to be found in Purchas and provided a commentary to make a consecutive narrative of the whole.
Paris: Librairie Paul Paclot, n.d., [ca. 1900]. Oblong folio, pp. ; illustrated with 245 drawings by the author; original red cloth, gilt lettered on upper cover; rear hinge cracked, paper toned, small gouge in spine, extremities rubbed; a good copy. Descriptions with illustrations of Japan's customs, manners, religion, military, music, dance, theatre, artists, sports, etc. at the first part of the 20th century. Another issue of the book, presumably later, announces on the binding that the book was the winner of the Prix de la Societe de Geographie Marseille. OCLC locates 5 copies worldwide, but none in the U.S.
[Kyoto: Kawanami Kihei, 1813]. Early printing, 3 vols., 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.
n.p., n.d. [privately printed], [ca. 1920s]. Oblong 8vo (approx. 6" x 9"), consisting of a title page printed in green and red, followed by a series of 25 color-printed photogravures of Siegfried's home (interior and exterior), elaborate gardens, dogs (pugs), etc., and used quite obviously as a Christmas greeting. Original glassine sheets over each of the gravures are all present and fine; bound in green cloth-covered boards, string-tied; some warping of the covers, but overall very good or better.
Tokyo: Home Ministry of Japan, 1914. 8vo. pp. 300, ; gray paper wrappers; very good with light sunning to covers and slight chipping to spine, not affecting text; in a quarter brown morocco slipcase. Inscribed on the flyleaf in April 1929 by Spargo to Charles E. Tuttle, a prominent publisher and dealer in Japanese material. John Spargo (1876–1966) was a self-taught intellectual and active socialist, who often times found himself at odds with his political fellows, and ended up a Goldwater Republican before his death. He wrote a number of political works throughout his career, this one focusing reform of the milk industry to support the development of young children. The long inscription explains the story of how Spargo was approached by the Japanese for the rights of translation, which he agreed to for six copies of the finished work, and how he was offered "some sort of Order of the Rising Sun," but refused as his "then Socialist Comrades would have been merciless" had he accepted. One copy recorded at the University of Vermont only as of January 2015.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, & Co., 1892. First edition, 12mo, pp. xiv, , 287; woodcut illustrations; original pictorial black cloth stamped in gilt (jinrickshi driver with 2 passengers) and red, floral endpapers; edges rubbed, but generally very good. Inscribed by the author to "Dr. Maurice H. Stuart with. the sincere regard of his old friend the author, A. L. Sept. 10, '92."
Paris: Pierre Roger et cie, n.d., [ca. 1915]. First edition in French, 8vo, pp. , 262, ; 24 color plates after paintings by the author; contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards by Flammarton Vaillant, gilt-lettered spine with white and red floral inlay, t.e.g.; spine slightly browned, the pages a little toned, else about fine. This copy enhanced by an inscription, "To Mr. & Mrs. Churchill, with the author's kindest regards, Walter Tyndall, Harve, June 25, 1915."
Tokyo: Z. P. Maruya & Co., Ltd., 1889. 8vo, pp. , iv, 248, ; large folding frontispiece map, contemporary black cloth, large excision in the bottom margin of the contents page not affecting text, one leaf in Preface bound out of order, binding bumped and faded, pages toned. An alphabetical listing of towns and roads, accompanied by their names in Kanji, and important distances and utilities.
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.