Glimpses at Missionary Work in North Japan.
First edition. Attractive little picture “book written for young people … intended to give a few peeps at missionary work as carried on in the Hokkaido Jurisdiction – North Japan”. Batchelor is best known for his full-dress works on the culture of the Ainu, a people among whom he lived for over 60 years. Prize bookplate dated 1915 from St. Barnabas’s Mission School, Grangemouth, Cardiff, presented to Annie Virgin for “Regular Attendance and Good Conduct”.
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Square octavo. Original red cloth over bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the front board together with a large gilt block of an Ainu in his canoe, and bamboo design, all edges gilt, green flower-sprigged endpapers with fine gilt dotted lines. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations to the text, most from photographs, some full-page. A little rubbed, the spine a touch sunned, some mild mottling to the edges, remains a very good copy.