Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.
From Old Japanese MSS.London: Printed for Private Circulation by John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1905 Stock Code: 147665
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 Japan" (preface). The recipient is believed to be Sir Charles John Holmes (1868-1936), the painter, art historian, and museum director. Holmes travelled to Japan in 1889 and had a long-held interest in Japanese art and design.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles and sword design to spine in gilt, Rising Sun design to front board in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, partly unopened.
With 52 black and white illustrations of swords.
Spine sunned, small dent to foot of spine, the binding otherwise sound, endpapers foxed, else internally fresh and clean; a very good copy.
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