January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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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."
Hong Kong: 1900-1901. Three quarto manuscript letters totaling 22 pages and approx. 6000 words on life in Hong Kong as an American expat. The author, "Katheryn," writes to her friend Jesse in Oregon, describing her daily routine and life in Hong Kong with her husband Tom, who works there. "Hong Kong is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I cannot describe it to you but will send you some Kodak pictures." Her writing is rather slangy and telegraphic, but she manages to convey a sense of her life and times. "We have a rickshaw of our own now, Tom bought it last week. It is a nice one, made in Japan, and better than the ones they make here. Have two coolies so they can drag Tom up the hill. One runs behind and pushes. A tailor is making their uniforms. I chose kahki (sic) trimmed with red for them, Will also have the monogram TWH in red letters on them. People here think you are somebody if your coolies are in uniform." She goes on at length in this manner, explaining that the chair coolies (necessary to negotiate the many steps in Hong Kong) do not like Tom because he weighs 200 pounds. She, on the other hand, goes where she pleases. She discusses her wardrobe (all white clothing) and talks about clothing and Chinese tailors, and about friends of her husband's - other expats. She describes their rooms, a bargain at $160 per month. Then, "Although the Plague is usually worse here in summer it seems now that there are fewer cases than there were a few weeks ago... I go through the Plague district (that is, where it is the worst) Wauchai, a suburb, nearly every day." She also talks about ships currently in the harbor, “trouble in the north" and the Hong Kong regiment. We gather that she's been married just a year, and that her husband pampers her, but that she misses her friend Jessie and is a little homesick. The first twelve-page letter was written between June 19 and 25. The second, a two pager sending condolences for a death in Jessie's family, was written August 27, 1900. The third letter, eight pages, was written in 1901. In it Kathryn talks about cameras and mentions their trip to Canton and Macao. Clean and legible.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852. First edition thus, small 8vo, pp. viii, 313; contemporary quarter black sheep over marbled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers; bottom of spine a bit damaged from removed library label, boards considerably rubbed, extremities shelf worn; textblock uniformly toned, else fine. Shortened translation of the author's "Souvenirs d'un voyage dans la Tartarie, le Thibet, et la Chine pendant les années 1844, 1845, et 1846" (Paris, 1850). Cordier, p. 2119; Yakushi H445d.
Maulmain: American Baptist Mission Press, 1839. 12mo,  leaves; title page in English and Burmese, text otherwise in Burmese throughout; original cloth-backed stiff blue wrappers; some browning of the flyleaves and endpapers, otherwise pretty near fine throughout. With an inscription on the front free endpaper: "To the Rev. W. H. Shailer with the affectionate regards of Cpt. Comstock, Ramsia [?] July 16, 40." Shailer is likely the Rev. William Hosmer Shailer (1807-1881) a Baptist minister from Connecticut. From Rhodes, The Spread of Printing...India, Pakistan [et al.]: "Moulmein [where printing began in 1830] became the most important printing center in Burma..." From the Maulmain Almanac for 1844, from which Rhodes quotes extensively: "There are two printing establishments connected with the [American] missions [in Burma]; one at Maulmain, and the other at Tavoy. In the Maulmain establishment there are seven presses, and fonts of type for printing in Burmese, Peguan, and English...It is devoted almost exclusively to books printed in the native languages, for gratuitous distribution...In the Tavoy establishment there are two presses, and fonts of type for printing in Karen, Burmese, and English...It is chiefly devoted to books for gratuitous distribution in the Karen language, of which about two millions of pages were printed during the last year [i.e. 1843]" (Rhodes, pp. 83-86). Not found in Cordier, Indosinica; Cornell and Huntington only in OCLC where no earlier editions are located.
Fukien, China: Yeh Nan-sung-t’ang, [late Ming Dynasty, ca. 1600]. Four volumes in two, stab-bound in contemporary Korean paper covers, resewn, minor worming, very good in a cloth folding case. Zhu Xi (1130-200) was a Song Dynasty scholar who championed the importance of the Four Books (Analects, the Mencius, the Great Learning, and the Doctrine of the Mean) in Chinese philosophy during a time where the I Ching (Book of Changes) was considered the most important text. His heavily annotated editions of each became standard texts after his death. This copy of the I Ching was printed later in the Ming dynasty, and contains a colophon in the form of a cartouche in the back, indicating the name and place of its publisher.
[Tokyo]: Tsubochi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, . First edition, 8vo, pp. , iv, ,146; recent red cloth, gilt lettering direct on spine; original printed wrappers bound in; very good. Preliminary matter in both English and Japanese. The catalogue, in English throughout, contains only books in languages other than Japanese, and largely published in England and America.
Madras: printed for private circulation only, by Graves and Co., 1862. First edition, 8vo, pp. vii, , 163; a bit of occasional spotting, else very good in original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. With the ownership signature on the front free endpaper of "Dr. Gairdner ... Edinburgh." From the Preface: The accompanying annals of James Macrae ... forms a portion of the annals of Madras, which have recently been published by the author in three volumes small quarto under the title of Madras in the Olden Time. A few copies of the present Memoir have been struck off for private circulation only. James Macrae (1677 - 1744) was a Scottish seaman and administrator who served as the President of Fort St George (Madras) from 1725 to 1730. He is known for naval exploits against the pirate Edward England and for reforming the administration of Madras Presidency. 8 in OCLC only Harvard and one other in the U.S.