In Many Wars.[Tokyo]: Tokyo Printing Company,  Stock Code: 129228
Signed by 39 of the 49 correspondentsFirst 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 offered a short article recounting their most exciting war story to date, and the entire proceeds of the final collection were donated to Teikoku Gunjin Yengokwai, an organisation which provided aid to those serving in the army and navy.
Amongst the correspondents whose signatures are included are William Levington Comfort, William Dinwiddie, William Henry Donald, James H. "Jimmy" Hare, Melton Prior, Sydney Smith, and Jack London. Writing at the time for the Hearst Press, Jack London contributed "A Camera and a Journey" (p. 123), which was also published the same year in the San Francisco Examiner under the title: "How Jack London Got in and out of jail in Japan". In the article London recounts his misadventure taking snapshots in Moji, which led to his arrest for unauthorized photography, a 5 yen fine, and the subsequent confiscation of his camera.
Octavo. Original silk covered card wrappers with white silk cord ties, titles to front cover in gilt, large illustration printed to silk to front cover, blue coated endpapers.
Frontispiece and six plates.
Slight loss to cloth at spine ends, small tear to cloth at join of spine and rear cover, cloth lightly soiled, dampstain to rear cover and endpaper, front cover illustration and gilt crisp and fresh; an exceptionally bright copy of this fragile production.
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