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.
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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, rear wrapper cracked at hinge near the bottom, 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, 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. 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 Expeditionose in the regular account of the Perry expedition." 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 (R majikai). 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.
London: Macmillan, 1915. First edition, large 8vo, pp. xiv, 151, ; 15 tipped-in plates reproducing watercolors by the author, as well as numerous small pen and ink sketches by him in the margins; a good, sound copy in original green cloth decorated in gilt on the cover and spine, the spine a bit dull. Inscribed, "For Grandmamma with Montie & Rosie's dear love. In memory of their darling boy, the author. E'en as he trod that day to God, so walked he from his birth, In simpleness & gentleness, & honour & clean mirth. (Kipling) October 2nd, 1915." Rundall was killed in action in 1914 (in the same battle that took his brother as well). The book is a series of stories of hunting adventure, told from both the hunter's point of view and the hunted.
Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing, India, 1907-08. First edition, 4 volumes, 4to, separate signature of preliminary leaves laid into the last volume, and with a corresponding "Note to the Binder " tipped to the verso of the front wrapper; frontispiece chart, 2 gravure plates, 50 other plates and charts (4 folding, many printed in color, including one showing the course of the Brahmaputra River, and a large folding geological map printed in color at the back of the last volume); original printed wrappers rebacked neatly in what surely is non-archival tape but with no adverse affects; a few insignificant waterstains; a good, sound set, or better. Part I is subtitled The High Peaks of Asia; part II, The Principal Mountain Ranges of Asia; part III, The Rivers of Himalaya and Tibet; and part IV, The Geology of the Himalaya.
London: Cassell and Co., 1919. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 277, ; 35 illustrations from photographs on 31 plates plus a map; occasional foxing else a very good copy in original pictorial gray cloth, gilt-lettered on spine. From Amarnath and Gangabal, round Nanga Parbat, over the Khyber Pass to the Bakhtiari foothills and the old Baghdad-Kermanashi Road.
London: Collins, 1947. Second edition, small 4to, pp. xviii, [ 2], 393; 3 color plates, numerous black & white plates, maps; original blue cloth, very good with bookplate on front pastedown, dust wrapper with light wear and discoloration. The story of the author's journeys to Tibet, Nepal, Lhasa, Assam, the Turkis, etc.
New York & Cincinnati: The Abingdon Press, 1926. First edition, 8vo, pp. 178; 32 full-p. photographic illustrations (in the pagination); a fine, bright copy in orig. pictorial green cloth stamped in gilt and white and gray, and preserving the original printed unclipped dust-jacket showing only the lightest wear but with one very small chip out from the top of the back panel. An American woman traveler and photographer in the Himalayan highlands of Nepal and Sikkim.
Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, 1923. First edition, 8vo, pp. xix, , 282, ; frontispiece of the author; original green cloth gilt-lettered on upper cover and spine; gilt slightly dull, else very good and sound. Yakushi G-23: "Diaries of the Himalayan travels by a Ladakhi Muslim. To Lhasa in 1895 with Littledales and W. A. L. Fletcher, and return journey through Rudok, Pankong, Leh and Srinagar; from Leh to Yarkand with Younghusband in 1899."
Westminster: Archibald Constable, 1899. First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, 452; folding map of Sikhim printed in color, numerous photographic illustrations throughout, many full-p.; informed occasional notes in pencil in the margins; some wear and rubbing; a good copy or better in original pictorial blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, t.e.g. Waddell (1854-1938) besides being an invererate traveler, was a medical officer in the Indian government, particularly in the Darjeeling district. He was also a professor of pathology at Calcutta. In 1903 he served with the Malakand expeditionary force. His interest in Buddhism lead him to Nepal and its religious sites. As the chief medical officer accompanying the Tibetan expedition of 1904, and with a special commission, "he supertintended the official collections of literature and art, which were later distributed, togther with one private collection of his own, to libraries in Calcutta, London, Oxford, and Cambridge" (see DNB).
Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press ... sold by Messrs. W. Thacker and Co. [et al.], 1847. 8vo, pp. iv, , 589, , 19 (addenda); lexicon in double columbn; text in Roman and Arabic character throughout; contemporary quarter sheep over marbled paper-covered boards, extremities rubbed and worn, label lettered in gilt a bit rubbed; good and sound. Not in Vancil; not in Zaunmuller; not in the Trubner Catalogue of Dictionaries and Grammars; not in the Astor Catalogue of Books relating to the Languages and Literature of Asia, Africa and the Oceanic Islands; not in Collison, Dictionaries of English and Foreign Languages; only the Yale copy is cited in NUC. OCLC, on the other hand, turns up 14, only 5 of which (Indiana, Yale, Georgetown, San Francisco Public Library, and Dartmouth in the U.S. Yates (1792-1845) is well known for his Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary, and his Hindustani grammar (see DNB). In 1831, oddly, he received a master's degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press and sold by Messrs. W. Thacker and Co., 1836. 8vo, pp. xiv, , 394; text in Roman and Arabic character throughout; old library rubbertamps on title page, verso of title page, first page of text, and occasionally elsewhere in the text; old tape repair on p. ix and 1, a few marginals tears, previous owner's bookplate over other earlier bookplates; all else good and sound, or better, in later quarter burgundy morocco, gilt lettered direct on gilt-decorated spine which shows at the bottom library call numbers in gilt. The contents include a Hindustani grammar, a vocabulary, and reading lessons, including 35 fables, primarly from Aesop. First published in 1827. OCLC locates three copies only, all in the UK. The Trubner catalogue notes only the 7th edition of 1845.
Bangalore: Wesleyan Mission House, 1864. 8vo, pp. vii,  ads, 128; spine and spine label faded, else very good and sound in original brown cloth. First published in 1859. This is based on McKerrell's "valuable but chaotic" manuscript grammar, "which was for years laid aside as useless, has now been carefully revised ... many additions and improvements have been introduced into the second edition" (Preface).
New York: Orville A. Roorbach, 1828. First American edition, 12mo, pp. x, 206; engraved frontispiece and 5 plates, each with 2 vignette illustrations; browned throughout;; orig. roan-backed glazed pictorial boards, the upper cover with the additional imprint of "New-York: published … and sold at his store in Charleston, S.C."
New York: Orville A. Roorbach, 1828. First American edition, 12mo, pp. xii, 211; engraved frontispiece and 5 plates, each with 2 vignette illustrations; browned throughout with several minor marginal tears; orig. roan-backed glazed pictorial boards, the upper cover with the addition imprint of "New-York: published … and sold at his store in Charleston, S.C."