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  1. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.
    AH FONG PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.

    Shanghai & Wei-Hai-Wei : 1937

    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 111970

  2. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.
    ALLEN, Bernard M. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British diplomats, allowing him to... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129203

  3. [Title in Japanese:] The Last Word from Paradise.
    BEARD, Peter. [Title in Japanese:] The Last Word from Paradise.

    Tokyo : 1979

    First edition, first impression. Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, held at the Seibu Museum of Art in Tokyo in March and April 1979. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 129888

  4. Original handbill for the John Coltrane Quintet Japan Tour 1966.
    COLTRANE, John. Original handbill for the John Coltrane Quintet Japan Tour 1966.

    Japan : 1966

    Terrific handbill for Trane's 1966 tour of Japan, his name printed in yellow in an eye-catching font and featuring a mirrored image of the great tenorist in full flight. This two-and-a-half-week excursion was to be Coltrane's final foreign tour - he died the following July. In his study Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007), Ben Ratcliff comments that... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 130678

  5. American Roulette.
    FUJIWARA, Shinya. American Roulette.

    Tokyo : 1990

    First edition, first impression. This work by renowned Japanese photographer Shinya Fujiwara (b.1944) was featured in Parr and Badger's The Photobook: A History Volume III. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 125457

  6. Partings at Dawn.
    GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Partings at Dawn.

    San Francisco : 1996

    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 123282

  7. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.
    GOLF; JAPAN - WHITE, Cyril T. H. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.

    1890-1906

    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the first Japanese... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 117485

  8. War in the Far East.
    GREW, Edwin Sharpe. War in the Far East.

    London : 1904-6

    First edition. Attractive, well-illustrated history of the Russo-Japanese War edited from contemporary accounts by a respected journalist and editor, who worked on the staff of the Educational Times and the Daily Graphic, editor of the Illustrated Scientific News and Knowledge. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 119129

  9. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.
    HAMAGUCHI, O., & Talbot Clifton. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Clifton on the title page "to Charles Holmes from the author Talbot Clifton, 1905".

    This work, translated by the hunter and explorer John Talbot Clifton (1868-1928), collects together "two or three books on fortune telling by swords" which Clifton discovered "while wandering in... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 147665

  10. 146072
    HEARN, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.

    Tokyo : [1931]

    First edition thus of the illustrated 5-volume set of Japanese folklore stories. These five tales were first published on plain paper between 1898 and 1922 in a larger format than this one. They were also issued separately in small crêpe-paper editions (the crêpeing process was applied after printing) sometimes simultaneously as the first plain paper... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 146072

  11. How to Make Origami. The Japanese Art of Paper Folding.
    HONDA, Isao. How to Make Origami. The Japanese Art of Paper Folding.

    New York : 1959

    First US edition, originally published in Tokyo in 1958, scarce in such excellent condition with all specimens intact. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 105639

  12. The Mineral Springs of Japan.
    ISHIZU, Risaku. The Mineral Springs of Japan.

    Tokyo : 1915

    First and only edition, outside America WorldCat shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, Library Hub lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions of Japanese mineral... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129488

  13. Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. (Memorial photobook of the China Campaign.)
    ITO BUTAI (Eastern Troops). Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. (Memorial photobook of the China Campaign.)

    Shanhai : 1939

    First edition. This is Part I; we have not been able to trace a second part. Scarce, with WorldCat showing only three locations. A photo-book showing many scenes from the Sino-Japanese War, along with portraits of Japanese commanders. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 130010

  14. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57846

  15. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57845

  16. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57843

  17. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57842

  18. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57841

  19. Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.
    JAPAN Geishas at their Traditional Rituals.

    c.1920

    Original Japanese woodblock prints. Vibrantly coloured print of young geishas in traditional costumes. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 57839

  20. [Manuscript title:] Abstract Log of "USS Wyoming" maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce.
    JAPAN - PEARCE, Walter. [Manuscript title:] Abstract Log of "USS Wyoming" maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce.

    At sea : 1861-64

    Fascinating Civil War naval log maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce during service aboard the USS Wyoming and incorporating his important eye-witness account of the action in the Shimonoseki Straits on 16 July 1863, the first clash between the US Navy and Japanese vessels.

    At the opening of the Civil War the Wyoming, a wooden-hulled screw sloop,... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 129594

  21. Daimyō scroll.
    JAPAN. Daimyō scroll.

    Japan : c.1870

    Highly attractive and distinctly uncommon early Meiji-period scroll showing the flags of 29 daimyōs (feudal lordships) and giving details of annual revenue (recorded in kokus of rice, approximately 280 litres, originally defined as enough to feed one person for one year), provinces, capitals of their respective territories (or han), and the cadet branch... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127747

  22. Hinokami Magokoro-Ryu kan [Hinokami Pure Heart Style Scroll].
    JAPAN; swordsmanship. Hinokami Magokoro-Ryu kan [Hinokami Pure Heart Style Scroll].

    Japan : 1804

    Highly attractive scroll, described as an "aide memoire", showing the basic kamae or postures, and the attacking moves to be made from them, as taught by the "Pure Heart" or "Sincere" school connected with Shin Shin Ryu martial arts. The sequential moves are indicated by multiple blade positions around the core figure, the sequence of movements indicated... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 125018

  23. The Newest Pocket Jazz.
    JAZZ. The Newest Pocket Jazz.

    Japan : 1938

    Presumed first edition, rare, with no other copy traced among institutional libraries. A fascinating little publication, an eclectic mix of popular songs from around the world, with scores and lyrics in both Japanese and English; jazz was no doubt used in the present context as a signifier of modernism and excitement, rather than in terms of the musical... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 135719

  24. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.
    KLEIN, Ronald D. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.

    Tokyo : 2016

    First edition, a new publication, "the result of a long-term project to identify, collect and annotate the more than 250 works published by western women during the Meiji era (1868-1912)" (General Introduction), with an index of authors. The work is divided into four chapters, covering Tourists and Travelers, Missionaries, Sojourners, and Writers.

    Published... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 114202

  25. Tokyo.
    KLEIN, William. Tokyo.

    Paris : [1964]

    First edition, first printing, French issue (both the French and Japanese issues were printed in Japan and issued apparently simultaneously). An important association copy, with Klein's contemporary signed presentation inscription on the half title to his friend Germano Facetti, and his wife, "to Germano, man of the future, noblest Roman of them all,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 115928

  26. Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,
    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von. Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,

    Paris : 1821

    First edition in French of the first Russian circumnavigation, one of the most significant Pacific voyages after Cook, presented here in superior condition in a choice period binding, complete with the rare atlas of plates, "very important and difficult to obtain" (Hill). A highly desirable set.

    Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, 1770-1846)... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 143059

  27. Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806,
    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von. Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806,

    London : 1813

    First edition in English of the first Russian circumnavigation. Krusenstern's account was first published at St Petersburg in 1810. Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern) had served in the British Navy in 1793-99. He was given command of the two-ship expedition under "a brilliant corps of officers" (Hill), intended to establish trade with China... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 124187

  28. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.
    KURATA, Otokichi. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.

    Tokyo : 1940

    Second edition, first published 1938. Uncommon, WorldCat records a single copy at Linda Hall Library; CiNii shows copies at Kanazama, Fukushima, Hokkaido and Meiji Universities in Japan, and at Liaoning, PRC; Craig notes only the same author's Japanese-English Vocabulary of Shipbuilding of 1957. This copy with the ownership inscription of "Robert M.... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 82913

  29. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142705

  30. (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.
    MIKI, Teicki Teiichi; TAKAHASHI, Goro; KONISHI, Toyonosuke (ed.). (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.

    Tokyo : Meiji 20 [1887]

    First edition, volume 1, of the biographical instalment of a trilingual publication project celebrating the beautiful land and remarkable people of Japan. The present edition is in English, with a colophon in Japanese.

    The editor planned on publishing two works of ten volumes each, in a style similar to each other, each containing ten illustrations.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 136267

  31. My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation.
    MURAKAMI, Takashi. My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation.

    New York : 2001

    First edition, first printing. Signed on the front cover by Murakami, with a small drawing of himself standing on a mushroom. Published as a catalogue for a travelling exhibition which started at The Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 28 - October 3, 2001 and finished at The Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama, October, 13, 2003 - January 4,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 141793

  32. Shinobi no o musubi no zu [in Japanese] - illustrations of how to tie the cords of a ninja face-guard.
    NINJA FACE-GUARD. Shinobi no o musubi no zu [in Japanese] - illustrations of how to tie the cords of a ninja face-guard.

    1821

    Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 113716

  33. Poems.
    OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.

    Tokyo : 1939

    First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137118

  34. Western Barbarians in Japan and Formosa in Tokugawa Days.
    PASKE-SMITH, Montague. Western Barbarians in Japan and Formosa in Tokugawa Days.

    Kobe : [1930]

    First and limited edition, one of 500 copies, 35 special printed on handmade paper were also issued. A richly illustrated history of foreign involvement in the Edo or Tokugawa period in Japan and Taiwan, referred to here as Formosa. The supplements included are reproductions of The Japan Herald (23 November, 1861) and The Nagasaki Shipping List and... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 129310

  35. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
    POUND, Ezra, & W. B. Yeats (eds.); FENOLLOSA, Ernest. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.

    Churchtown, Dundrum : 1916

    First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 131792

  36. In Many Wars.
    RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR - LYNCH, George & Frederick Palmer. In Many Wars.

    [Tokyo] : [1904]

    First edition of this remarkable collection of 49 war correspondent's tales, with the signature of 39 of the correspondents on rice paper pasted beneath their submission. The idea for the book was conceived of by a group of war correspondents waiting to be sent to the front line with the Japanese Army at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1904. Each correspondent... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129228

  37. Mr Gladstone's Washi.
    SCHMOLLER, Hans. Mr Gladstone's Washi.

    Newtown, PA : 1984

    First edition, limited to 500 copies printed on mouldmade Hahnemühle paper in Van Dijck types, of which this is number 352. A most attractive production, incorporating a facsimile of Sir Harry Parkes's original report and handsome reproductions of various artefacts that he collected in the course of his inquiry. "At the request of the Foreign Secretary... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 113217

  38. Ammunition Manufacturing Report No. 23. Construction Progress … First Report.
    SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR. Ammunition Manufacturing Report No. 23. Construction Progress … First Report.

    Nanping, Manchukuo : 1938

    An historically significant and fascinating album chronicling the progress of the construction of factories at Ningpo near Fuzhou for the manufacture, mixing, drying, and separation of smokeless yellow and brown gunpowder for the Imperial Japanese Kwantung Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Following their stunning victory in the Russo-Japanese... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 98082

  39. Showa 23-nen Shina Jihen shussei kinen shashincho :Hokushi sensen hen [in Japanese: A photograph album in memory of soldiers at the front lines during the China-Japan Conflict of 1937-1938].
    SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR. Showa 23-nen Shina Jihen shussei kinen shashincho :Hokushi sensen hen [in Japanese: A photograph album in memory of soldiers at the front lines during the China-Japan Conflict of 1937-1938].

    Tokyo : 1938

    First edition of this uncommon Japanese propaganda piece recording the opening campaigns of the Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In his award-winning study of the conflict - China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 114232

  40. Japan: A Chapter of Image.
    SMITH, W. Eugene. Japan: A Chapter of Image.

    Tokyo : 1963

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the authors, inscribed on the title page: "Dear Harvey, here then, with all its mistakes (and its errors) - - on your 100th anniversary, Gene Smith and Carole Thomas". An excellent association copy: Harvey Zucker was the owner of the legendary bookshop The Photographers Place in SoHo, New York. A... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 104479

  41. Japan - a Chapter of Image.
    SMITH, W. Eugene. Japan - a Chapter of Image.

    Tokyo : 1963

    First edition, first printing. Signed by W. Eugene Smith on the title page and dated October 1964. A superb collection of images - stark at times, harsh even, but never prurient. Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 78775

  42. A Treatise of Japaning and Varnishing,
    STALKER, John. A Treatise of Japaning and Varnishing,

    Oxford : 1688

    First edition of one of the earliest and certainly most attractive of the English pattern books introducing the process of japanning ("an art much admir'd by us, and all those who hold any commerce with the Inhabitants of Japan"), alongside accounts of techniques for decorating furniture and small objects, such as varnishing, burnishing, and gilding.... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 138833

  43. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
    SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression, of Suzuki's first own book in English. His work aimed "to refute the many wrong opinions which are entertained by Western critics and to awake interest among scholars of comparative religion" (Preface).

    Suzuki (1870-1966) was an influential Japanese writer, whose publications on Buddhism, Zen (Chan), and Shin... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140608

  44. Photography 1965 - 1974.
    TAKANASHI, Yutaka. Photography 1965 - 1974.

    Berlin : 2010

    First edition, first printing, number 454 of 500 copies only, with the promotional folding leaflet loosely inserted. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 135481

  45. Corregidor: Isle of Delusion.
    UNO, Kazumaro. Corregidor: Isle of Delusion.

    Shanghai : [September 1942]

    First edition of the collected and expanded articles of Kazumaro "Buddy" Uno relating to the battle for the island of Corregidor between Japanese and American forces during the first months of 1942. Uno, an American-born Japanese journalist and member of the Press Bureau of the Imperial Japanese Army, was posted to Manila on 29 April 1942. When the... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 129214

  46. Japanese fan depicting Watt's experiments with steam.
    WATT, James. Japanese fan depicting Watt's experiments with steam.

    [c.1870]

    An attractive, delicate, and understandably scarce Japanese fan depicting the popular scientific myth of James Watt timing the condensation of steam from a boiling kettle, the Japanese caption reading "an illustration of Mr. Watt, born in Scotland, conceiving the idea of the steam engine". We have been unable to locate any comparable fans either institutionally... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141941

  47. Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).
    WORLD WAR II; JAPAN. Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).

    Japan : 1940

    Superb personal photo album portraying the training of a Japanese infantry officer cadet at the junior division of the Rikugun Yonen Gakko - Imperial Japanese Army Academy - at Asaka in Saitama province, at the outset of World War II. Images show his family and friends; his well-appointed room with stacked arms; group portraits of cadets; the buildings... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 98081

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