January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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Manila: Bureau of Printing, 1941. First edition, 8vo, pp. 59, ; self wrappers; front wrapper unevenly toned; an Ayer Linguistics duplicate with a Newberry release stamp inside the front wrapper; no other markings. Text is in both Cebuano and English and was prepared for publication as the United States entered World War II.
S. Fernando, La Unión I.F. Imprenta Batallador, . 8vo, pp. 11, ; original printed wrappers bound in modern green cloth; text browned, else very good. Cockfighting rules and regulations in the Philippine language of Iloko (or Ilokano), an Austronesian language. The caption title reads: "Naarian á bilin ti 21 ti marzo ti 1861." OCLC locates only the Newberry copy of which this is a duplicate. Newberry release stamp on verso of front free endpaper.
Manila: Imprenta "Lawag" 1910. 16mo, 5.75" x 4"; pp. , [i-ii], iii-viii, , 6-30; 2 illustrations, original green printed wrappers; wrappers faded, with shallow chips at edges, spine partially perished, IFI stamp on first page. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with their release stamp on final page. The Iglesia Filipina Independiente, or Philippine Independent Church, is an Episcopal denomination that was founded in response to the poor treatment received by native Filipinos from Spanish priests. Only the Newberry copy in OCLC of which this is a duplicate.
Hanoi: Imprimerie de l'Avenir du Tonkin, 1909. First edition, small 4to, pp. , iii, , 126; original pictorial front wrapper bound in; 32 plates from photographs; pages toning, else very good in later native full green calf, gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Three in OCLC: Bibliotheque nationale, Yale and Cornell.
London: printed by William Stansby for Henry Fetherstone, 1617. Folio, pp. , 1102, ; woodcut initials and ornaments; full contemporary calf with the small gilt monogram of "P.T." on both covers [i.e. Phillip Tyrwhitt (d. 1623), the first Baronet of Stainfield in the county of Lincoln], double blind rules on covers, edges stained red; top of spine cracked with some loss of the calf at the top of the front cover; a good, sound copy, unrestored. With the early ownership signature of "P. Tyrwhitt" on the title page and "Phillip Tirwhitt" on B1. First published in 1613 with a second edition appearing the following year; a fourth edition illustrated with maps by Hondius came out in 1626. Books eight and nine (pp. 893-1102) relate to America. Includes a catalogue of the authors and travelers, and names of the manuscripts, and other authors not yet printed. STC 20507; Sabin 66681.
New York: E.P. Dutton, n.d., [ca. 1911]. First American edition (printed in the U.K. but here with Dutton title-pp.), 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xv, , 363, ; xi, , 410, ; 2 gravure frontispieces, folding map, 21 plates; contemporary half brown morocco, gilt-lettered spines; some occasional foxing of the text, joints starting; very good. Singapore, North Borneo, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Siam, etc.
New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1905. Oblong folio, pp. 256; frontispiece, volume comprised mostly of photographic illustrations, title page printed in red and black; contemporary three-quarter brown morocco over marble boards, gilt spine, marble endpapers; edges show shelf wear and toning, very minor foxing throughout, title page a bit soiled; binder's ticket (Harrison & Smith Co., Minneapolis) on upper left-hand corner of front pastedown endpaper.
London: printed by J.M. for John Starkey, 1680. First edition, folio, pp. , 89; 336, ; engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, 3 engraved portraits of Turkish emperors and another engraved plate of a Turkish pageant; full contemporary calf, recased and rebacked to match, gilt lettering direct on spine; clean tear in bottom margin of frontis, neatly closed on recto, but generally a good, sound copy, or better. In 1661 Rycaut "was sent to Turkey as secretary in the embassy of Heneage Finch, second earl of Winchilsea. He was attached to the Porte about six years, and during that period twice travelled to England" (DNB). "Rycaut, from his long residence and connection with the Embassy, was well qualified to delineate Levantine customs … [His] History is regarded as one of the best of its kind with respect to the religious and military state of Turkey" (Cox I, 210). "An extremely important and influential work, which provides the fullest account of Ottoman affairs during the 17th century" (Blackmer 1463). Wing R2406; Atabey R2406.
Calcutta: Printed for the Bible Translation Society, and the American Bible Union, by J. Thomas, 1856. 8vo, pp. 380; original plum cloth, printed paper spine label (quite browned); spine faded, minor edge wear; ex-Baptist Missionary Society Mission House Library with usual markings and bookplate to front pastedown; preliminaries foxed, textblock about fine.
Calcutta: Printed at the Baptist Mission Press, for the Bible Translation Society and the American and Foreign Bible Society, 1847. 8vo, pp. 334; original plum cloth, printed paper spine label; spine quite toned, preliminaries foxed; Baptist Missionary Society Mission House Library bookplate to front pastedown; textblock fine.
Cosmopoli: for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for private circulation only, 1885. Third reprint, 8vo, pp. xvi, 144; tables & charts, inner hinge weak, lightly toned at edges, extremities worn and soiled with spine ends chipped and spine parchment split along rear joint and badly peeling, otherwise generally good in original full vellum, beveled edges, with gilt lettering on spine. An Indian sex manual written in the 15th or 16th century by Kalyana Malla, translated into English under the editorship of Sir Richard Burton. The manual's instruction was to promote love through sexual pleasure for both husband and wife, with emphasis on harmony and fulfillment to prevent the partners from separating. Penzer 172.
Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1844. 8vo, pp. xiv, 404; text illustrations; original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine; ex-Baptist Mission Society House Library with usual markings, front hinge starting to crack, spine head a bit chipped, horizontal crack across top quarter of spine between spine title words "Yates's" and "Nalodaya"; interior mostly fine. Text in Sanskrit and English. OCLC locates 2 copies in the United States, at Rochester and the Newberry.
London: privately printed for subscribers only by Chas. J. Sawyer Ltd., 1924-28. Edition limited to 1500 sets (this, no. 320), 10 volumes, large 8vo, original decorative gray cloth stamped in gilt on covers and spines, t.e.g.; volume IX with a small snag in the spine, but generally this is a fine set. The Katha Sarit Sagara is a famous 11-century Sanskrit collection of Indian legends, fairy tales and folk tales as retold by a Saivite Brahmin named Somadeva. Nothing is known about the author other than that his father's name was Ramadevabatta. The work was compiled for the entertainment of the queen Suryamati, wife of king Anantadeva of Kashmir.
New York: Minton, Balch and Co., 1930. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiv, 316; map endpapers, frontispiece and 54 photographic illustrations on rectos and versos of 15 plates; generally a fine copy in a dust-jacket chipped at the top of the spine (with minor loss to 'Shirt-Tail'), and a small hole at the bottom hinge (not affecting any lettering). "An unsentimental journey among the Reds of ancient Bokhara and silken Samarkand, and on through the Celestial Mountains to the Yellow east of Chinese Turkestan, with its border ruffians and revolutions, -- in pursuit of the magic name of a city, Kashgar" (jacket blurb).
Chicago: W.B. Conkey Co., . First edition, 8vo, pp. -402; 88 (of 90) plates (lacking, as usual - ?always? - the plate of The Winter Palace, at p. 54; and A Street in Tokyo, at p. 348); presentation copy from the son of the author, inscribed on the flyleaf; orig. gray cloth lettered in back, t.e.g.; some soiling, rear hinge cracked, else very good and partially unopened. "From articles that originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, and reprinted by permission of the author." Includes much on China and Japan.
London: John Hatchard, 1815. 8vo, pp. xiv, , 636; engraved portrait frontispiece, plate of facsimile handwriting; mild foxing throughout; old red library rubberstamp on title, else a good, sound copy in original paper-covered boards, neatly rebacked with new paper label on spine. Jones (1746-1794), the great Oriental scholar and co-founder (with Charles Wilkins) of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, was the first to discover the relationship between the Sanskrit, Gothic, Greek and Latin languages. "His clear understanding of the basic principles of scientific linguistics provided the foundation on which Rask, Bopp, and Grimm built the imposing structure of comparative Indo-European studies" (PMM).
n.p. n.p. 7 x 4.5 inches, 20 leaves; 18 images, 12 in color; bound in the Japanese manner; original printed paper wrappers worn, 2 inch tear to one page, top layer of back cover stripped. Housed in a new red cloth clamshell box. A shunga hon, or erotic picture book, with many scenes of sex and orgies. Its author, Koikawa Shouzan, was known for his erotic travel tales. No copies listed in the US as of Dec. 2014.
Philadelphia: printed by Ann Cochran for Mathew Carey, 1811. 24mo, pp. iv, , -166; inserted stipple-engraved frontis portrait of the author by C. Tiebout; woodcut vignette on title-p., contemporary and probably original full calf, red morocco label on gilt-ruled spine; some rubbing, especially the joints; but good and sound. Sophie Cottin (1770-1807) was a French novelist who published five novels, the first two anonymously. She enjoyed a wide audience in both Paris and London, and died an untimely death at the age of 37. American Imprints 22628.