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A Woodblock-Printed gBasic Guide to Western Clocksh

Seiyō Tokei Benran

[Yanagawa, Shunzō].

Tōkyō : Yamatoya Kihē, [ca. Meiji 2 (1869)].

 

A woodblock-printed booklet published to help Japanese readers understand ‘western time’ and the reading of western clock faces. The change in Japan from the old lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar was made in November of Meiji 5 (1872), and this accordion-folding ...

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Inscribed by Greey to Mrs. Fenollosa, with an Original Sketch

The Golden Lotus and Other Legends of Japan

Greey, Edward [written and with covers designed and drawn by].

Boston : Lee and Shepard, 1883. First edition.

 

A first edition copy of Greey's 'The Golden Lotus', inscribed by him to Mrs. (Lizzie) Fenollosa (dated 1882, before the official publication of the book). Ernest Fenollosa taught political economy and philosophy at the Imperial University ...

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Seven Woodblock-Printed Chirimen-e

A Collection of Crepe Paper Illustrations, Woodblock-Printed

Hiroshige, Andō ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

[Japan : publisher not identified, ca. 1920-40s].

 

A collection of seven colour woodblock-printed chirimen-e (crêpe-paper illustrations) printed in the Taishō to early Shōwa period, possibly earlier. The collection includes two large reproduced illustrations from Hiroshige's ‘Fifty-t ...

US$275.00
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A Collection of Postcards and Letters from, and relating to, Edmund Blunden

[Ca. 1923-1930].

 

A collection of two letters and two postcards from Edmund Blunden to English bookseller J.S. Billingham, along with four postcards from Blunden's Japanese students to the same bookseller, and two blank postcards sent to Billingham by Blunden. Blunden was the Professor of English at the University of Tokyo from 1924 to 1927, and the letters and postcar ...

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First Steps in Geography

Chiri Shohō

Tōkyō : Monbushō, Meiji 6 [1873].

 

A Meiji-period illustrated textbook on geography compiled by the government. Books such as these were used after the opening of Japan to trade in the Meiji period to introduce scientific information from overseas to the Japanese population. Woodblock-printed, with several illustrations, including one in colour of a world ma ...

US$85.00
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Illustrated with Japanese Motifs

A Crepe Poster for a Japanese Festival Overseas

[Belgium : A. Siffer, ca. 1880s?].

 

A crêpe paper poster in French and Dutch advertising a Japanese fête, with attractions, games, waffles, a theatre, buffet, and so on, at the Place du Lion d'Or. The poster was printed by Siffer, a Prussian publisher with a shop in Belgium, and it is presumed that the paper was crêped at his workshop. In the 1880-90s ...

US$875.00
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Inscribed by Mademoiselle Chrysantheme and Illustrated by Foujita

Les Huit Renommees

Yamata, Kikou; Foujita, Tsuguharu [illustrated by].

Paris : Andre Delpeuch, 1927.

 

Yamata Kikou’s ‘Eight Recommendations’ for sightseeing in Japan, illustrated with 47 images of the landscapes and people of Japan by famous artist Foujita Tsuguharu. The book has been inscribed on the half-title by Yamata, who refers to herself as ‘Chrysanthem ...

US$485.00
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The Japanese Novel That Caught Conan Doyle's Attention

I am a Cat (Chapter I, Chapter II)

Natsume, K. [Kinnosuke; Natsume, Soseki]; Ando, K. [Andō, Kanichi] [translation by]; [Hashiguchi, Goyō (illustrations by)].

Tokyo : Y. Okura, 1906 [actually 1908]. First edition, later printing.

 

The first English translation of Natsume Soseki's classic of modern Japanese fiction. The translator, Andō, a fan of Conan Doyle, went to the great writ ...

US$945.00
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An Illustrated Scroll of Bugaku Imperial Court Dances, Delicately Coloured

Bugaku Zukan

Ca. late Edo period (early to mid-1800s). Manuscript. 

 

“Alongside the closely-allied music practice of gagaku, the establishment of the bugaku tradition during the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods reflected a growing interest in cultural and religious practices outside Japan and became part of the Japanese imperial court's broaden ...

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A Commemorative Booklet Celebrating Saint Nicholas of Japan's Elevation to Archbishop of All Japan

Jūkanroku: Sōga

Mizushima, Kōyō (Isaiah) [edited by].

 

Tōkyō : Seikyō Honkai Henshūjo, Meiji 39 [1906]. First edition.

 

A document printed to commemorate a celebration by the congregation of the Japanese Orthodox Church for the 25th anniversary of Bishop Nikolai Kasatkin (1836–1912) and his elevation to Archbishop of All Japan by t ...

US$385.00
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A Collection of Japanese Sheet Music from the 1920s-30s, with Several Designs by Yumeji

47 Pieces of Japanese Sheet Music

Takehisa, Yumeji, and others [illustrations by].

 

[Japan] : Senow, Symphony ... et al., Taishō to early Shōwa period [1920-30s].

 

A collection of 47 pieces of sheet music published in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. Sheet music published during this period in Japan is known for its beautiful Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs, and these exa ...

US$365.00
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On Famous Australian Figures

Gōshū Jinmei Jiten

Nan'yō Keizai Kenkyūjo.

 

Tōkyō : Nan'yō Keizai Kenkyūjo, Shōwa 19 [1944].

 

A booklet in Japanese listing famous Australians and Australian residents, including convicts, explorers, artists, Royal Navy officers, geographers, and naturalists. The figures included are, in order, William Dampier, S ...

US$90.00
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A Beautiful Botanical Diary, in Four Volumes

A Set of Sketchbooks of Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Ca. Meiji 36 to 44 [1903-1911]. Manuscript.

 

A set of four books of skillfully hand-painted flowers and animals, presumed to be by the same, unknown, Japanese artist. Most of the illustrations are captioned with the name of the flower/plant pictured and the date the sketch was made, suggesting that the books were used as ‘sketchbook diaries’ in w ...

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A Book of Stunning Circular Motifs

Moyō Zushiki: Monyō-sen

Mori, Kyokurei [edited by].

 

Kyōto : Okukami Shoshi, Shōwa 5 [1930]. First edition. 

 

A collection of eighty stunning woodblock-printed circular designs of animals, plants, insects, waves, books, and so on, edited by Mori Kyokurei, an unknown artist. The motifs are interpretations of basic Japanese family crest symbols. A  ...

US$805.00
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Twenty-Three Kamon and Katagami Stencils

A Collection of Happi Pattern Stencils

Ca. late Taishō to early Shōwa period [1920-40s].

 

A collection of beautiful stencils for dyeing patterns onto ‘happi’ [traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coats] and/or ‘haori’ [formal coats]. Most of the stencils feature ‘kamon’ [circular family crests], and would have been used for the back panel of such coa ...

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Two Beautifully Woodblock-Printed Japanese Cruise Ship Menus

Two Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki Gaisha Menus from 1928

Watanabe, Kazan ... [et al.][illustrated by].

 

[Tōkyō?] : Nippon Yūsen Kaisha, 1928.

 

Two colour woodblock-printed one-leaf menus from the S.S. Hakozaki Maru and the Taiyō Maru. The menu from the S.S. Hakozaki Maru (Commander T. Sekine) is dated Thursday, 2nd August, 1928, and the Taiyo Maru menu is dated Sunday, January ...

US$145.00
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The Catalogue of a Sidney Nolan Exhibition in Tokyo

Bunmei wo Warau Kaiga no Shizenji: Shidonii Nōran ; Sidney Nolan

Fuji Terebi Gyarari. [Tokyo]: Sankei Shimbun Co. Ltd. ; Fuji Telecasting Co., 1973. First edition. The catalogue of an exhibition of the works of Australian artist Sidney Nolan in Japan, patronised by the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. The exhibition was held from the 10th until the 28th of April, 1973, at the Fuji Television Gallery in Tokyo, and included 26 of Nolan’s mixed ...

US$135.00
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A Highly Pictorial Book on Australia and New Zealand

Gōshū Nanpō Tairiku Oyobi Nyūjīrando Chōhakuun

Tsuchiya, Motosaku. Osaka: Asahi Shinbunsha, Taishō 5 [1916]. First edition. A detailed photographic record of the cultures and geographies of Australia and New Zealand, for Japanese readers, with many black and white photographic illustrations of the native animals, landscapes, cities, and indigenous peoples of the two countries. The book includes images of famous A ...

US$210.00
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The Menu of the 'Japanese Night' Dinner Attended by Oscar Wilde and His Lover

Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, Limmer's Hotel, Friday, June the Third, 1892

[London] : Ye Sette, 1892. 

 

The menu of the ‘Japanese Night’ dinner held in 1892 by members of Ye Sette of Odd Volumes (an English club of bibliophiles founded by bookdealer Bernard Quaritch in 1878) and attended by many members of the Japan Society. The night is known to have been attended by, amongst others, Narinori Okoshi, Cap ...

US$125.00
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