Saigon: Imprimerie de la Mission a Tan Dinh, 1898. Deuxieme edition, (but actually the first - see below), 4to, pp. , 987; extra title page in Chinese and Vietnamese; the half-title is reinforced in two places with old paper tape on the blank verso, the Chinese title with phonetic translation in pencil, penultimate leaf remargined and last leaf reinforced on blank verso, pages browned throughout, several neat repairs within; contemporary half black cloth over marbled boards. Not in Zaunmuller; not in Vancil; no earlier edition located in either OCLC or NUC. Genibrel's preface states that the work is based on "un excellent petit Dictionnaire Annamite-francais sans characters, dont l'auteur, Mgr. Caspar, eveque et vicaire apostolique de la Mission de Hue, etait alors simple missionaire a Saigon. C'est cet ouvrage qui a servi de Canevas a notre travail; voila pourquoi nous lui avons donne le titre de deuxieme edition."
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Saigon: Imprimerie de la Mission a Tan Dinh, 1898. Second edition (actually the first), 4to, pp. , 987; extra title-p. in Chinese and Vietnamese; pages toned throughout, later half brown calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine; small ownership name in gilt at the base of the spine has been eradicated. Not in Zaunmuller; not in Vancil; 4 copies in NUC, which locates no earlier edition. Genibrel's preface states that the work is based on "un excellent petit Dictionnaire Annamite-francais sans characters, dont l'auteur, Mgr. Caspar, eveque et vicaire apostolique de la Mission de Hue, etait alors simple missionaire a Saigon. C'est cet ouvrage qui a servi de Canevas a notre travail; voila pourquoi nous lui avons donne le titre de deuxieme edition."
London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1923. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 17-321,  ads; folding map printed in blue, 7 sketches and diagrams in the text, plus 26 photographic illustrations on 6 plates; slight snag at the base of the spine and spine slightly discolored, else a very good copy in original yellow cloth stamped in black on upper cover and spine. This is the copy belonging to one T.M. Gutherie who has pasted or tipped in newspaper clippings on the endpapers, preliminaries, and terminals, together with notes and extracts in pen extending to ther first page of the text proper.
High Wycombe, Bucks: Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1987. First edition, 1000 copies printed in Madras, 8vo, pp. xi, , 189, ; lexicon in double column; a little bit of fading along the spine and the top of the front board, 3 rubberstamp red stars on front free endpaper; all else very good and sound.
Calcutta: Bengal Secretariat Book Depot, 1905. First edition (printed in an edition of 350 copies), small 4to, pp. , iii, , 108; original green cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover; very good. Texts entirely in Kurux [i.e. Oraon / Uraon / Kurukh], a northern Dravidian language collected by German Evangelical Lutheran missionary at Chota Nagpur who, "during more than twenty years' residence at Lohardaga in the midst of an Orao population the author of the Kuruhk Grammar and the Kuruhk-English Dictionary has made a collection of about seventy stories, more than one hundred and fifty songs, besides a large number of riddles in use among the Oraos of that part of Chota Nagpur. This collection had to be sifted on account of the ambiguousness of some of the stories, the triviality of many of the riddles, and the doubtful morality in most of the songs ... The present volume contains therefore only a selection ... which, however, will be sufficient to answer the purpose of placing into the hands of the student of the Orao language a text book which has been written entirely by members of the people to whom it is the mother tongue" (Introduction).
London: printed for Sir Richard Phillips, 1822. First separate edition, 8vo, pp. , 116; later light blue paper wrappers, paper cover label; wear to wrappers, a bit of staining throughout, but generally a very good copy. An extract from Phillip's New Voyages and Travels (London, 1820-1823) intended for the general reader, without the nautical and meteorological information. Lust 227.
London: T. Osborne [et al.], 1754. 2 vols., 4to, 9 engraved folding maps, 19 engraved plates, a number of engraved vignettes in the text; recent handsome half brown morocco over olive linen sides, red and green morocco labels on gilt-paneled spines; very nice copy. Cox I, p. 255: "Hanway was a well-known traveler and philanthropist, popularly remembered as the pioneer user of the umbrella. Readers of Boswell will recall Johnson's severe criticism of his essay attacking tea-drinking. As a partner of a St. Petersburg merchant, he made a journey in 1743 down the Volga and by the Caspian Sea to Persia with a caravan of woolen goods, and returned in 1745 by the same route after many perilous adventures. He reached London in 1750. He later filled several public positions, and had a street named after him in London and a monument erected to him in Westminster Abbey. Dr. Johnson said of him, "that he acquired a reputation travelling abroad, but lost it all by travelling at home." This was in reference to his "Eight Days" trip in England [Journal of an Eight Days' Journey, London, 1756]."
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.
London: John Stockdale [ et al.], 1788. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 261; modern red cloth, black morocco label lettered in gilt on spine. Hastings met Johnson after his return from India in 1765, and thereafter continued to be an irregular correspondent. Hastings, who had spent the better part of his life in India as a civil servant was disingenuously charged with personal corruption in connection with his administration as the first Governor-General of British India. His trial, lasting 145 days extending over a period of better than seven years left him penniless. He was finally acquitted after the charges were "abundantly refuted," and his reputation restored.
[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 11½x 9¼" photographs laid in; gray paper covers, title and dates written on upper cover in manuscript, with photographer’s name on lower cover. Very good overall, with a couple of photos lacking, and one photo glued to another, joints starting. 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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906. First edition, the issue of 250 copies bound uncut, and with a page of Hearn's autograph tipped in; 2 vols., 8vo, pp. , 475, ; , 554, ; 15 plates; original black cloth, printed paper labels on spines; generally a fine copy, but with the top corners (thumbnail size) torn off of the first two leaves of text in the second volume (no loss of any letterpress). The manuscript page begins with an inscription in Japanese: "Yuki-Onna - / Yoso kushi mo / Atsu kori; / Sasu - kogai ya / Kori manuran." This is followed by ten lines regarding the "Snow-Woman and her best comb" and the "kogai" - "the name now given to a quadrangular bar of tortoise-shell passed under the coiffure..." BAL 7944.
Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs Co., . First edition, 8vo, pp. 416; portrait frontispiece, very good and sound in contemporary half green cloth over marbled boards. An important and early study; the bibliography - the first done of Hearn - is extensive (though not comprehensive) and occupies the last 80 pages. BAL IV, p. 103.
New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1921. First edition, first of two issues as identified by BAL without "printed in the U.S.A." on the copyright-page; 8vo, pp. xv, , 328; fine copy in the dust-jacket; red cloth chemise. Largely reprinted from the book of the same title in 1915, but with three chapters appearing here for the first time, "all taken from student notes of Hearn's lectures at the University of Tokyo 1896-1902." BAL 7971.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. First trade edition, 8vo, pp. xx, , 356; a very good copy in printed dust jacket tattered at upper spine, 1-1/2" x 1/4" piece missing from top of back panel, and the spine faded. Hearn's opinions on a wide range of subjects originally published 1878-1887 in two New Orleans papers, the Item and the Times-Democrat.
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, the Riverside Press, [ca. 1910s]. Later printing, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. , x, , 342, ; , -699, ; hinge cracking at title page of vol. 1, some rubbing at edges, otherwise about very good in original decorative green cloth stamped in silver, t.e.g.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1900. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 268, ; 5 plates of insects; original pictorial blue cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g.; neat Xmas inscription on the front free endpaper, else a fine copy. Collection of nine tales from Japan, written by Hearn when he was a lecturer on English literature at the Imperial University in Tokyo. BAL 7935.
London: Seeley Service & Co., 1926. First edition, 8vo, pp. [v]-xvi, 283,  ads; folding map printed in blue, 32 photographic illustrations on 16 plates; original orange cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine; spine a bit faded, else very good. "A popular and not highly technical account of the land and the people" (Preface).
Tokyo: Hakubunsha, 1893. First edition (an earlier account - only 68 pages - was published in 1863); 8vo, pp. , 236; 3 lithograph plates (the Japanese castaways in a longboat with the American ship in the distance; a chart of Yokohama harbor; and the American fleet at Shimonoseki); original pictorial wrappers, printed paper label on spine; spine partially perished, hinges of wrappers professionally reinforced, one or two other short tears or creases, but otherwise a good copy of an uncommon and interesting account by the first Japanese-American. Heco (a.k.a. Hamada Hikozo, 1835-1897) here writes about his stint as a cabin boy at the age of 13 on the Eiriki-Maru, which was shipwrecked in the Pacific in 1850, and the subsequent rescue of its crew by the American ship Aukland, their stay in San Francisco and first encounters by the Japanese with American life and Western technology. He did not return to Japan until 1859. He became the first Japanese national to be naturalized as an American citizen. Berkeley, Ohio State and in Japan the National Diet Library and Waseda University only in OCLC. Not in Hill. See Howgego III, p. 265.
New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1856. Large folio (approx. 20½ x 15"), consisting of a title page, and introduction leaf, and 10 leaves of descriptive text to accompany each of the 10 plates, of which one is a lithograph portrait of Commodore Perry from a daguerreotype by P. Haas, 2 chromolithographs, 7 lithographs printed in 2 colors on India paper and mounted (as issued), original pictorial wrappers with the title enclosed by 8 vignette scenes and an American eagle at the top, the wrappers backed in blue cloth; the whole in the publisher's quarter green morocco lettered in gilt on upper cover; some soiling of the front wrapper and title page a little spotted, but over all very good or better. Heine (1827-1885) was the official artist on Perry's expedition to Japan in 1853-54. The sketches he produced of the places he visited and the people he encountered there, together with the daguerreotypes taken by his colleague Eliphalet Brown Jr., formed the basis of the official iconograhy of the American expedition to Japan which remains an important record of the country as it was before the foreigners arrived in force. Upon his return to New York in 1855 he published several books: a collection of prints entitled Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition; and the 400 sketches which were included in Perry's official report, as well as his memoirs, Reiss um die Welt nach Japan (Leipzig, 1856). Bennett, p. 53: "The plates are very beautiful Japanese scenes and places of special interest, many times finer than the plates in the three-volume regular account of the Perry Expedition." McGrath, American Color Plate Books 123.
Tokyo, Yokohama, [et al.]: Z. P. Maruya & Co., Ltd., 1886. Third and best edition; 8vo, pp. , xxxiii, , 962, ; parallel title in Japanese, sectional title at leaf 97-2 (Part Second. English and Japanese Dictionary, containg the most important English words, with numerous examples); text in double column, original quarter brown morocco, gilt-lettered spine; joints cracked; a good copy, but retaining the original and clearly very rare (if not unique) canvas dust jacket printed in red; old Japanese ticket of Sheishibunsha, printer, copperplater and binder, Tokyo, on front pastedown. The dust jacket, never seen by any Japanese dealer or librarian that I've consulted, is unusual in that it is a jacket of Western design and distinctly different from the Japanese fukuro (sleeve or sheath) often seeen on 19th-century Japanese books. I can't say this is the first Western-designed jacket made in the East but it certainly has to rank as among the earliest extant. The front panel repeats the design of the title page but within a ruled border with fleurs-de-lys in the corners, and the spine, with red rules simulating spine bands, is in 5 compartments, with red lettering printed in 3. The inside of the jacket contains pockets of marbled paper into which the covers of the dictionary are meant to slip. The dictionary itself is arranged phonetically according to the Roman alphabet, followed by the pronunciation in Katakana and the Chinese characters. With the exception of Medhurst's small vocabulary issued at Batavia in 1830, Hepburn's work was the first true Japanese - English dictionary (first edition 1867) to be sold in Japan. In the third edition, published in 1886, Hepburn adopted a new system for romanization of the Japanese language developed by the Society for the Romanization of the Japanese Alphabet (Rōmajikai). This system is widely known as the Hepburn romanization because Hepburn's dictionary popularized it. This is Hepburn's final text. Later editions were mere reprints. Hepburn (1815-1911), an American Presbyterian medical missionary, was among the earliest in Japan after the opening of its borders in 1859, and subsequently became one of Japan's leading citizens, operating for many years a dispensary, and playing a prominent role in medical education there. He also compiled a dictionary, the first comprehensive Japanese-English dictionary by a westerner, and a standard work for better than 50 years. It was first published in Shanghai by the American Missionary Press in 1867. Zaunmuller cites the 1903 [i.e. seventh] edition only; no copy of any edition in Cordell.