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BATCHELOR, John.

Sea-girt Yezo.

Glimpses at Missionary Work in North Japan.

Published: London: Church Missionary Society, 1902

Stock code: 102897

Price: £95

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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”.

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.

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