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Kawaraban. Perry and the black ships. 北亜墨利加合衆国帝王ヨリ献上貢物品々 [with] アメリカヨリ大日本ヘ献上貢物品々 [Kitaamerika Gasshukoku Teio Yori Kenjo Mitsugimono Shinajina] with [Amerika Yori Dainihon e Kenjo Mitsugimono Shinajina]. [np 1854] (Kaei 7). Two woodcuts joined 62x24cm. Rather good. Au$1500

These illicit illustrated news sheets - kawaraban - for the streets were produced by the million for a couple of hundred years so of course few survive. They were produced for anything more interesting than the drop of a hat and the arrival of the Black Ships, the American squadron commanded by Perry, in 1853 and 54 eclipsed any and all tiresome earthquakes, fires, plagues, famines, murders and scandals. For most Japanese this was the same as a squadron of alien space ships arriving on earth now. These prints are the kurofune kawaraban.
This pair illustrates the gifts Perry presented to the emperor in March 1854. Like most (or all?) kawaraban it's obvious the artist was nowhere near their subjects and ran up drawings from reports, copies of copies and imagination. This is why these things are so much better than official renderings and photographs. I have found copies of the right hand print - the train - in a few Japanese collections but Waseda and the Kyoiku Library in Yokohama are the only ones I've found with both.


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Sydney Harbour Bridge. Bridge to the North Shore. (Correspondence relating to the construction of.) [with] ... (Further correspondence ...) [with] (Further correspondence ...). Sydney, Govt Printer January, March, April, 1883. Three papers, foolscap, disbound in modern plain wrappers; 9pp; 7pp; 2pp, one plate and folding elevation and plan. Au$300

These three papers begin with an 1878 memo by William Bennett, Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, in which he sets out the case for a high span bridge or opening bridge and gives both the thumbs down. He prefers a punt system running night and day to a "costly and inevitably unsightly monster bridge." The rest of this paper holds the wrangling between the government and J.E. Garbett, representing a company that proposed to build a bridge provided that the government guaranteed three and a half percent return on the cost. Parkes' ministry approved the deal.
The second paper covers the agitation of north shore residents for a bridge and the excitement of British engineers upon hearing that the government intends to build a bridge.
The third paper covers the plan submitted by the engineer William Dempsey, with a view and folding elevation. It isn't inspiring but that isn't why it was rejected. The government changed in January 1883.


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空の乗物 : 飛行機や飛行船 [Sora no Norimono : Hikoki ya Hikosen]. Tokyo, Kano Hakko 1930 (Showa 5). 19x27cm colour illustrated wrapper; 12pp including wrapper all in colour. Definitely used with some chipping; the covers are flimsier paper than the inside light card leaves for some reason and have some creases and short tears. Au$200

Second printing maybe and not a great copy but worth it just for the centre spread - the sky full of wondrous machines. Now that monster airliner and three of the smaller aircraft appear over a very similar city in another transport picture book published in Osaka in 1930*. As our book was first published in 1928 I charge the Osaka publisher with plagiarism. Of course it could be the same artist and, having invented such splendid aircraft, why wouldn't you use them again?
Notice how the back cover has been titled in English so a western kid could just start at the other end. I can't find another copy of this anywhere.

*See Norimono Taikai: From Dutch Studies to Beach Bunnies p5.


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Palace of Peace. International Competition of the Carnegie Foundation. The Palace of Peace at The Hague. The 6 premiated and 40 other designs chosen by the society of architecture ... London, Jack 1907. Folio (49x38cm); eight parts loose as issued in publisher's printed wrappers and cloth portfolio (the portfolio a bit marked and bumped); 76 plates (eight colour) - elevations and plans. An excellent set. Au$600

A luxurious production. According to the report judging took several days, votes were close and there was some argument before Cordonnier's baroque wedding cake was given first prize, largely, the report suggests, due to its sympathy with surrounding buildings.
Of the now revered competitors, Otto Wagner got fourth prize and Berlage and Saarinen were further down the lists. Despite stylish aspects of their designs and the idiosyncratic splendour of Debat's Indo-Mayan stupa - which looks to me like it could have inspired Burley Griffin's parliament house for Canberra - it does seem, from this distance, that the judges got it right. I'm sure they'll all sleep easier in their graves knowing that.
Cordonnier's building has a joyous optimism that matches the crusading zeal for world peace of patron Carnegie and any number of seemingly sensible exponents of world unity at the time. Wagner's building is an opulent museum or theatre, Saarinen's ideal for a mausoleum, Berlage's a Byzantine basilica, and most of the others studied lumps of classical monumentalism. Cordonnier's building did suffer paring down to meet budget and lost some of its airy charm but still ended up closer to the original design than many winners of other competitions.


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Wada Sanzo. 色名帖(増訂版) [Shikimeicho ( Zoteiban)]. Tokyo, Japan Standard Color Association 1935 (Showa 10). 11x3cm; title, nine leaves of text printed on one side, 171 colour cards identified in Japanese and English; two leaves of text, bound with a brass(?) pin at the top; worn but decent printed card slipcase. Au$175

Revised edition of this pocket swatch fan, not for choosing the season's new colours but part of Wada's relentless pursuit of a Japanese colour standard in concert with international standards. The back leaf mentions Ridgway's 'Color Standards and Nomenclature' and the 'Standard Color Card of America'. This is part of his contribution to colour naming. I found mention of what I presume to be the first edition of this - 1932 - but no copies and no mention of this revision.


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JONES, Owen. The Grammar of Ornament ... illustrated by examples ... London, Quaritch 1910 [reprinted 1928]. Small folio publisher's gilt decorated cloth; 112 colour plates including the extra title, illustrations through the text. Inner front hinge cracked but firm; cracking is common with this heavy book. A rather good copy. Au$500

The last proper edition, it can still stand comparison with the 1865 edition.


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Chinese Immigration. Chinese Immigration. Correspondence with the governments of New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria ... [with] Chinese Immigration. Despatch respecting treaty concluded between ... China and the United States ... [with] Conference on the Chinese Question. Proceedings of the conference, held in Sydney in June 1888 ... Brisbane, Govt Printer 1880; Sydney, Govt Printer 1888; Sydney, Govt Printer 1888. Three items, foolscap modern plain wrappers; 3pp; 4pp; 15pp. Au$225

The Chinese Question - ie how do we get rid of them? - brought the colonies together as few other problems ever could but it wasn't quick and easy to get together. The first item here starts with Parkes' 1880 letter to the other colonies suggesting a conference and Queensland's answer that since they've already figured it out with their 1877 Chinese Immigrants act they don't see the point.
At the end of the conference Parkes telegrammed the Secretary of State, Knutsford, informing him that the colonies can't hang about negotiating with the Imperial Government in the face of imminent peril of being "overrun by an alien race" and sends the draft Bill for the Restriction of Chinese Immigration.
Appended are memorials and petitions from Chinese residents in NSW and Victoria.


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Bawden. HEATH, Ambrose. Good Food Without Meat. London, Faber 1940. Octavo publisher's illustrated boards and dustwrapper (piece torn from the top of the blurb of the dustwrapper) and most of the extra wrap-around; cover and title page by Edward Bawden. Au$60


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Blackbirding. James Patrick Murray. Brig "Carl" - James Patrick Murray. (correspondence, &c, as to admission of Murray as an approver.) Sydney, Govt Printer 1873. Foolscap, disbound in a modern plain wrapper; 16pp. Au$200

Atrocity, massacre, mass murder - you choose. Seventy or more kidnapped men from the Solomons and Bougainville trying to break out of the hold of the Carl were shot from the deck and thrown, dead or alive, into the sea. Murray, owner of the Carl, when evidence of kidnapping during the second voyage began to surface, discovered religion and turned Queen's Evidence.
The captain and members of the crew were tried in Sydney. Two were sentenced to death but of course not hung. Murray's father wrote to the Melbourne Herald that if anyone went to the gallows, his son should be the first. Murray disappeared from Sydney before the trial was finished and not much more is known about him.
Collected here are sworn statements given by Murray and others to the Consul in Levuka and proceedings of a Naval Court held in Levuka before sending the prisoners to Sydney. Reading Murray's account I wonder that he wasn't strung up on the spot, for mealy-mouthed hypocrisy as well as murder. He must have had some persuasive skill not conveyed in the words themselves.


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HUME, Fergus. The Jew's House. London, Ward Lock 1911. Octavo publisher's black cloth blocked in gilt, red and blind; colour frontispiece. A bit of browning of the edges and at the ends, minor signs of use; quite a good copy. Au$185

First edition. How is that so many unpleasant millionaires had delectable daughters? It certainly isn't true today. The delectable girl here is not an unpleasant millionaire's daughter but that doesn't save him from being murdered at the end of chapter one. She is a quaker farm girl - or is she? A convoluted plot with plenty of spectacular admissions and secrets unveiled. The Jew of the House - Ben-Ezra of Tanbuck Hall - is a millionaire but not the murdered one, rather one falsely accused of murder. He is really the hero of the story and still ends up badly.


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PRATT, Ambrose. Vigorous Daunt: Billionaire. London, Ward Lock 1905. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth blocked in gilt, black red and white (some marks and smudges); frontispiece and 12 plates by Stanley L. Wood. Signs of use, a pretty decent copy. Au$225

First edition. An English gentleman on his scuppers in Berlin becomes a German spy in France, meets and is foiled by Vigorous Daunt, the Australian "mad billionaire". Daunt then, naturally, saves him from certain death on Devil's Island, recruits him as assistant and the adventures begin.


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Shop windows. 店舗陳列照明競技会 : 入賞写真集 [Tenpo Chinretsu Shomei Kyogikai : Nyushu Shashin Shu]. Sendai City Electricity 1937 (Showa 12). 18x26cm publisher's stiff wrapper with cord ties; 14 leaves, being a title, a page of portraits and 12 plates of shop windows, most two a page. These are original photographic prints on glossy or textured card. Scuff on the front cover. Au$165

This appears to be the fifth Sendai city shop window competition sponsored by the power and water authority. That's pretty much all I can tell you. I can't find a mention of anything about the competition anywhere.


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Ship's newspaper. The Sorata Scorcher Vol. 1 No. 2. October 10(?) 1883. Printed on the ship Sorata, 1883. Six sheets foolscap with ten pages printed by duplication from manuscript, fastened with a split pin. Some separation along the fold and insect nibbling; the first page very faded, others vary from faintish to dark. Au$95

The Sorata plied the London Sydney route through the seventies and eighties and presuming other passengers were as enthusiastic as this lot there must have been a lot of Sorata newspapers at the time but I can't find any mention of any of them. This was a London to Sydney voyage - arriving on November 4 - and this was issued just before calling at Capetown. It has the expected amount of whimsy and one correspondent has contributed a lost child in the Queensland bush tale.


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SLADEN, Douglas. Fair Inez. A romance of Australia. London, Hutchinson [1918]. Octavo publisher's cloth; 16 page publisher's list for spring 1918 at the end. Minor signs of use and some spotting or browning, a pretty good copy. Inscribed affectionately and signed by Sladen in June 1935 to "Dorothy ... another English soul who married an Australian." A small pencil note on the front paste down suggests that Sladen paid 2/6 for this copy in April 1935. If so, he's not the only author to buy their own books to give away. Au$400

First edition of this futuristic fantasy which opens in the year 2000 with the great airship Murrumbidgee from London coming into land at Melbourne. Returning home is Pat Lindsay Gordon, son of Adam Lindsay Gordon IV and great-grandson of Adam Lindsay Gordon II, in turn the grandson of a cousin of the revered poet. The Gordons obviously breed hard and fast. His sister Inez will doubtless be the femme fatale of the book. Read on yourself.


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支那事変 : 聖戦博覧会 [Shina Jihen : Saisen Hakurankai]. Osaka Asahi Shinbun 1938 (Showa 13). 26x20cm, colour printed four page leaflet. Extra folds. Au$350

The theme park to end all theme parks one would hope. This is a guide to the China Incident - Holy War exposition mounted by the Osaka newspaper Asahi Shinbun, some 25 acres of thrilling re-enactments and up close experiences of battles in China. I will get both overexcited and queasy trying to describe what was on offer so I have included some close ups of the bird's eye view. But I must draw your attention to the monumental bomb fountain.


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Prison Administration in South Africa. Department of Foreign Affairs [1969]. Quarto, excellent in publisher's gilt stamped limp leatherette; [6],46pp and numerous photo illustrations (some colour). Au$150

The Prime Minister's copy, stamped "B.J. Vorster" on the front cover, of this model for beleaguered governments. Significant here is that it was only the South African Foreign Department, not those directly responsible for prisons, that felt the need to respond to growing international condemnation.
The United Nations resolution of 1968 condemned South Africa so this report was delivered to the United Nations with a defiant letter stating that the UN had no competence to criticise prison management (cf Horrell; Survey of Race Relations in South Africa 1969).
One section addresses the "attempts to discredit the South African prison system" and implicit in the photographs of healthy young black African men being taught trades and cared for by older and wiser white men in clean modern facilities is that any complaint by them would be unforgivable ingratitude. They must be better off since leaving their slums and shanties.
Vorster had been the Minister for Justice and for Police and Prisons until his elevation to Prime Minister in 1966 so it must have been doubly satisfying to see his legacy blossoming under the care of his successor, Pelser.


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ASTOR, John Jacob. A Journey in Other Worlds. A romance of the future. London, Longman 1894. Octavo publisher's blue cloth elaborately blocked in silver and lettered in gilt; 10 illustrations, nine by Dan Beard; 24 page publisher's list dated September 1894 at the end. Edges a bit rubbed and the title page a bit browned. Quite a good copy. Au$125

First English edition, pretty much concurrent with the New York edition. William Waldorf Astor has been described as the richest novelist ever and without knowing the breakdown of the family fortunes I can't argue that, but John Jacob may well be the richest science fiction writer still. William's pair of novels were no great shakes and neither is this in literary terms. But it is a scientific and utopian romance involving a voyage to Jupiter and Saturn, no worse than most of the didactic science fiction of the period and does provide enough thrills and plenty of monsters.
It is set in the year 2000 and Astor's vision of world history over the intervening century can be, with equal or no profit, admired or derided. Astor was caned by the New York Times reviewer - affronted by his view that time wasted learning the classics would be better spent learning science - who remarked that Astor's description of a "weird scene might also serve in a description of a Dutch Christmas festival."


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Slavery. [Gilbert Francklyn?]. A Very New Pamphlet Indeed! Being the Truth addressed to the people at large. Containing some strictures on the English Jacobins ... respecting the Slave Trade. London, printed in the year 1792. Octavo, disbound; 16pp. Au$495

The very model of a modern refutation, our writer has used all the methods still used to condemn reformers; in this case the abolitionists. By the second sentence the witnesses brought forward by the abolitionists have been "committed to take their trial for perjury." Before the end of the first page the abolitionists - Wilberforce, Clarkson et al - are attached to radical fanatics and Jacobins set on destroying Britain - no small charge in 1792. By page two the secret society of "Old Jewry" - a Presbyterian meeting house - has been unearthed and we learn that the testimony offered by these radicals comes from "discarded servants, starving surgeons, sailors taken drunk from the stews, or parsons convicted of adultery."
There are several points of coincidence between this and the anti-abolitionist writings of slave trader Gilbert Francklyn - and "Mr Francklyn" gets one brief mention, for being magnificently humane - but it may be that our author simply mined Francklyn for material. Certainly Francklyn's known pamphlets were never so thoroughly anonymous as this. Whoever the author, this received a snappish note in the Monthly Magazine.
The Critical Review was also hostile and that hostility extended to a reply to this pamphlet, 'Old Truths & Established Facts' which has been ascribed to Thomas Paine. This second work, Paine or not, was condemned for its lack of originality; our pamphlet for its "scarcely defensible" stratagem of joining the abolitionist with latterday levellers.


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LAFITTE, J.P. [Jean Baptiste Pierre]. The Red Doctor. Translated from the French ... by Huon d'Aramis. Philadelphia, Lippincott 1866. Octavo publishers patterned cloth. Some natural browning and some splodges; a rather good copy. Au$275

First edition in English of this proper sensation novel. It begins with a "frantic and horrible" murder and impersonation in chapter one and picks up speed after that. It is a novel about Mesmer of course, what else could it be after that introduction. The best description is a contemporary review found by Robert Eldridge: "This singular farrago of mystery, murder, and mesmerism belongs to the sensation school of modern French fiction ... it contains an abundance of highly-wrought and exciting passages, which, in spite of their violation of truth, probability, or even possibility, absorb the reader's attention until, to his surprise, he finds himself at the very last page." (The Nation, Sept 20 1866).
Huon d'Aramis, translator of at least one other French book, must be a pseudonym but whose I don't know.


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解放 : 民主統一戰線のための戰鬪的大衆誌 [Kaiho : minshu toitsu sensen no tameno sentoteki taishushi]. Tokyo, Kaihosha, March 1946. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 96pp, b/w illustrations. A bit rumpled, less than expected browning of the cheap paper; quite a good copy. Au$350

No. 1 and all published of this troublemaking red magazine that carried the title in English: 'The Emancipaton (The Kaiho) The Combative Enlightening Magazine for Promoting the Victory of the Peoples Front.' [sic] After some tight and dangerous years Japan's communists - those not killed or disgraced by their apostasy from prison - could come out from under their beds but American occupied Japan was no welcome red resort.
This early and abrupt bit of red defiance appeared in time for the April 1946 general election in which the communist party won six seats and the socialists a healthy 96 seats. The socialists even formed government for a brief heady period. During the war and for a few minutes after, Japanese communists were seen as allies but this magazine is exactly the sort of thing that soured the friendship.
Officially there was no censorship in occupied Japan but likewise, officially all those plutocrat war criminals were purged from government and business. The Civil Censorship Detachment of the occupying forces censored everything they could find. Worldcat finds no copies of this and I find only the NDL copy.


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Kameda Yoshiro (or Kichirobei). 和洋建築新雛形 [Wayo Kenchiku Shin Hinagata]. Osaka, Seikado 1907 (Meiji 40). Six volumes 22x15cm, publisher's wrappers with title labels; illustrated throughout with plans, elevations, measured drawings etc. Wrappers with some surface rubbing or insect grazing; a pretty good set. Au$800

I'm not sure whether this should be described as Japanese principles applied to western design or the other way round. I think both, if it matters. An excellent builder's pattern book that was certainly put to wide use.
There is a 2008 learned paper by Yanigasawa and Mizoguchi that shows how Kameda introduced Japanese carpentry and the modular system into western design but all except the precis of their paper is in Japanese so I have no idea how they go about proving their point. They do tell us that Kameda was a master carpenter in Fukuoka.


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Henry Fielding. The Letter-Writers: or, a New Way to Keep a Wife at Home. A farce in three acts. As it is acted at the Theatre in the Hay-Market. Written by Scriblerus Secundus. London, printed and sold by J. Roberts 1731. Diminutive slender quarto later blind panelled calf by Riviere (wear to spine, front hinge cracked); 48pp. Trimmed a bit close along the top touching "The" on the title but above the headlines throughout; some natural browning but a good, quite fresh copy that marks the heady days of the Fielding craze of the late 19th and early twentieth centuries when every good copy that could be found was banged into smart bindings by Riviere or Sangorski and flogged to millionaires. Au$1250

First edition and hard to find. Rushed through the press and published the day the play opened - the 24th of March - to little purpose. Modern critics have described The Letter-Writers as the best of 18th century farces and as dismal but Fielding's contemporaries don't seem to have had any disagreements. It lasted three days and wasn't reprinted for a long time.


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Harbours. A Copy of the Report of the Harbour of Refuge Commission of 1846, on the several modes of construction ... copies of the papers connected therewith. London, House of Commons 1847. Foolscap modern wrapper; 52pp, one plate and some small illustrations through the text. Docket title on the last page. Au$90

A stormy commission; one that could well have used a harbour of refuge. While this, the third commission in a few years, finally saw work begun, two of the commissioners refused to sign the report and got truly cranky when the Commission refused to record their dissent. That takes up the first few pages here and the dissent of Sir Howard Douglas several more. Then we have reports and evidence given by the giants of civil engineering - John and George Rennie, Cubitt, Alan Stevenson - followed by reports from America on the Delaware breakwater and France on Cherbourg.


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PLEASONTON, Gen. A.J. The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky, in developing animal and vegetable life, in arresting disease, and in restoring health ... Philadelphia, Claxton, Remsen &c 1876. Octavo publisher's blue cloth blocked in gilt and blind; iv,38,185pp, frontispiece printed in blue and black and a couple of illustrations through the text (which is blue). An outstanding copy. Au$350

Pleasonton won his way from Captain to Brigadier-General during the Civil War but I gather from his multitude of unadmirers it was not due to heroism or competency in the field. Still he was not satisfied and resigned from the army in a huff. In the meantime he had decided to apply his scientific bent to agriculture and built a glass-house paned with blue glass panels to "test the chemical power of the solar ray" with wondrous results. He extended his experiments to husbandry and before long blue light was curing ailments and saving the lives of both animals and humans. The craze made it into song in 1877 with The Blue Glass Galop, The Blue Glass Scottische and maybe others.
He published his first lecture in 1871 and this 1876 book seems to be the definitive collection of lectures, letters and writings. His experiments are now not so easy to read - to alleviate the glare caused by black print on white paper under gaslight this is printed in blue on tinted paper. I have seen a couple of American books of the period printed in a similar manner and had presumed that it was just an unfortunate aesthetic choice - now I know it was progress at work.


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Sagane Ryokichi. 原子爆弾 [Genshi Bakudan]. Tokyo, Asahi Shinbunsha October 1945 (Showa 20). Octavo, publisher's printed wrapper; [6],58pp including wrapper*, photo illustrations and diagrams. Expected browning of the cheap paper and trivial chips and tears to the wrapper; pretty good for such a vulnerable thing.
*Pages 37-40 were removed before the crude side stapling, deleted from all copies. These are the sections, "Genshi bakudan to Nihon" and "Genshi bakudan no koka" - the atomic bomb and Japan, and the effect of atomic bombs. Au$1500

About a hundred years ago I decided that collecting the pamphlets and ephemera published round the world in 1945 on the atom bomb - first response so to speak - would be more fun and profitable than raising chickens. It took me a while to discover there was anything published in Japan. For some time I found nothing in any library catalogue and that, I thought, made sense. The one people unable or unwilling to rush into print would be the Japanese after August the 6th. Then I came across a mention of this pamphlet by nuclear physicist Sagane Ryokichi.
Here it is. Exactly as it should be: unassuming, printed on cheap newsprint stock with diagrams, blurry and uninformative photographs and, best of all, censored after printing.
Sagane was the recipient of the letter from physicist Luis Alvarez and two other former colleagues that was dropped in a canister over Nagasaki a minute before the bomb. The letter in part reads, "We implore you to confirm these facts to your leaders, and to do your utmost to stop the destruction and waste of life which can only result in the total annihilation of all your cities, if continued. As scientists, we deplore the use to which a beautiful discovery has been put, but we can assure you that unless Japan surrenders at once, this rain of atomic bombs will increase manyfold in fury."
Worldcat finds one copy outside Japan - in the Prange collection of occupation material. That copy is marked 'Deleted' in English and Japanese on the cover with the page numbers. The twist that the US occupation censors added that made Japanese writers and publishers wish for the good days of home made tyranny was that censorship itself was forbidden. That is, a publisher could not just blot out any offensive passages; all signs of censorship had to be removed which often meant a complete rewrite and reset.


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Catalogue - hardware. Thivel & Bereziat, Lyon. Quincaillerie, Ferronnerie & Serrurerie Cuivrerie. Specialite pour le batiment ... Tarrif Album ... 1889. Lyon, the company 1889. Quarto publisher's cloth backed printed boards; 32pp, numerous illustrations on 18 pages. Minor flaws or signs of use, rather good. Au$120

An early catalogue of builders' and joiners' hardware from a company that apparently still exists in some form. Early to mid 20th century catalogues pushing pug ugly period furniture from Thivel & Bereziat aren't so hard to find but they don't contribute anything worthwhile to humanity.


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Public health, quarantine & sanitation. A collection of sixteen reports on vaccination, quarantine, disease and sanitation in Sydney. Sydney, Govt printer 1881-84. Foolscap, together in modern cloth. Signs of use, a few short tears, a couple of plans with repairs, minor but for the plan of the Little Bay Sanatorium (with report 12 - a revised version of that with report 6) which is in pieces but all there. Au$950

A modern binding but not a modern gathering: there is a contemporary handwritten list of contents at the front. This has every sign of being compiled by a body like the Board of Health. The Report of the Board on the small-pox epidemic has been extensively marked up and corrected by hand.
Each of these is worth its own long maundering note, but. All these papers come in some way out of the small-pox outbreak of 1881-82 and you may not be surprised that it become political real fast. It was a debacle. First among the blameworthy were the Chinese, blamed for introducing the disease, then rightly came the officials, disorganisation, unreadiness and general incompetence top to bottom.
The vaccination paper records the lengthy opinions of fifteen esteemed medicos and largely concerns small-pox - still the only vaccination there was. All but John Le Gay Brereton were in favour. He regarded vaccination an evil worse than disease.
Sixteen pages on schools versus 66 pages on wood pavements may seem unbalanced until you read the board's report and the evidence and realise that given how many roads were paved with wood it's a wonder that anyone was alive - not swept away by yellow fever. Thank heaven for Australian hardwoods.
The Fijian representative to the 1884 conference couldn't make it - the steamer bringing the invitation was placed in quarantine.

(1) Compulsory Vaccination. Opinions of ... ; 55pp; (2) Report of the Royal Commission ... upon the management of the Quarantine Station, North Head, and the Hulk "Faraway"; (xiv),118pp; (3) Second Report ... Quarantine Station ... ; 13pp and folding plan; (4) Instructions to the Assistant Health Officer, stationed at Watson's Bay. 3pp; (5) Quarantine Station, North Head. (Report of Health Officer upon state and conditions ... ; 14pp and five plans, three folding; (6) Report of the Board of Health Upon the Late Epidemic of Small Pox, 1881-1882; 20pp and two large folding plans; (7) Quarantining of Steamship "Gunga"; 52pp; (8) Quarantine of Mail-Steamer "Rome" (Correspondence); 8pp; (9) Board of Health (Attendance of Members of, and Subjects ... ; 2pp; (10) Mortality on Board Immigrant Ships. (Report by Medical Officer ...); 2pp; (11) Management of the Sydney Hospital (Report of Committee of Inquiry into Certain Complaints); 27pp; (12) Hospital Accomodation and Position for the City of Sydney; 10pp and large folding plan; (13) Report of Dr. Clark on the Sanitary Condition of the Public Schools in the City of Sydney, and Suburbs; 16pp; (14) Wood Pavement Board. Report, minutes of proceedings, and appendix; 66pp; (15) The Australasian Sanitary Conference of Sydney ... 1884. Report, minutes of proceedings, and appendix. 70pp and five large folding maps and plans; (16) Ad Interim Report Upon Recent Cases of Small-Pox. 6pp.


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LOW, R. Bruce Reports and Papers on Bubonic Plague, ... progress and diffusion of plague throughout the world, 1898-1901 ... measures employed in different countries for repression of this disease. London, HMSO 1902. Quarto, modern wrapper with printed title; xii,466pp, ten colour maps, some folding, numerous tables. Title page with some creases. Au$350

Historians of the plague have been busy in recent years and in browsing a few of them it becomes clear that Low's report is essential. The best admit that Low is the only source for some aspects of the flurry of epidemics that rushed round the world and the less than best copied Low wholesale only pausing to point out where they think he was wrong.
Australians can congratulate themselves that they weren't the only people to immediately fly into a yellow peril panic and blame the whole thing on the Chinese or some other coloured race. So did the South Africans and Americans in San Francisco and Honolulu. Elsewhere it was more pragmatic to deny that there was plague.


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PORTER, Hal. Short Stories. n.p. n.d. [Adelaide, the author 1943]. 235x185mm, printed wrapper, 64pp. Cover a touch marked and used; a pretty good copy. Numbered and signed by Porter; an edition of 200 copies? Au$1500

Porter's first book by a long way and scarcer than an edition of 200 copies would suggest.


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Jewellery. The Jewellers, Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, and Watchmakers' Monthly Magazine. Vol. I. [All published?]. London, Henry Lea 1863. Quarto contemporary cloth (spine worn and chipped at the ends); [8],188pp and 21 plates - five colour. Smudges, mild stains and signs of use; very decent. Au$1200

Apparently a complete run of this rare trade journal. The Winterthur Library also has a copy of volume 1, no-one else does so well. Now, this must have begun life as 'The Jewellers', Goldsmiths', Silversmiths' and Modellers' Journal of Art and Manufacture' - also published in 1863 by Henry Lea. Even someone as busy as Lea can't have had two identical journals running at the same time. The V&A has three numbers of that.
Doubtless spurred by the interest generated by the 1862 exhibition - also a rich source of material - Lea squeezed this enterprise in between his 1862 and his 1864 bankruptcies. I'd guess unresponsive modellers were dumped along the way in the hope that watchmakers would come aboard. The 1862 exhibition was mined assiduously and there is a brief dismissal of Australian efforts at goldsmithing. More telling perhaps are continuing remarks on the staggering amount of gold coming out of the colony.
Whoever edited this worked hard and gathered stuff critical, historical, technical and social from all over the place. Is this the first English language trade journal for jewellers and smiths? There was a Weimar Zeitschrift in the 1840s but I can't find anything else in English, nor any other language, much before the 1870s.


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LIPS, Julius E. The Savage Hits Back or the White Man Through Native Eyes. Yale University Press 1937. Small quarto publisher's cloth with paper title label, dustwrapper (a touch chipped at the tips) ; xxxi,254pp, 213 photo illustrations and line drawings. Endpapers a bit browned, a rather good copy. Au$325

The dustwrapper of the English edition is more arresting but the dustwrapper of this is more political. First American edition, using the English sheets, published more or less concurrently - and uncommon in such good shape - of this remarkable book with a history that, if half of what Lips tells us is true, makes it even more remarkable.
In March 1933 Lips resigned his directorship of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in protest against the edicts of the new Nazi regime and found he "was the only 'Aryan' ethnologist to do so." What followed over the next year is the stuff of every nightmarish thriller about that period; threat, persecution and false accusation by a former student and a former assistant - now in control of the museum - the mayor of Cologne and the secret police in pursuit of his manuscript and photographs. "An uproar was produced by the simple fact that a Cologne professor had lying in his house a manuscript the theme of which was the criticism of the white race by their coloured brethren. In addition there were among the illustrations portraits of high German military and Government officials which were the work of blacks, one of the 'lower races'. The mere possession of the pictures was a crime against the State, how much more criminal the attempt to publish them!" The "idea of the illustrations had become a semi‑official mania; although only the students had seen them, it was now the State, i.e. the Nazi party, that wanted them." The mayor "had cultivated a feverish curiosity about the vanished pictures, which were supposed to be lurid with "nigger atrocities" and "insults to Hitler"."
Finally a moonlight flit with his pictures and manuscript on the eve of his arrest was his only option. This left his "wife as a hostage for the production of the manuscript" - which is where I hope Lips is being overly dramatic about the whole affair - while Lips made his way to London and found Lovat Dickson who agreed to publish before he had read a line of the book.
The book is revolutionary. It was the first time a mirror was held up in such a simple graphic way to the west who were shown how most of the world - the supposed savage world - saw them. And how keenly it saw them.


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MONTGOMERY, A. Geological Notes in and Around Launceston. Launceston, printed at the Examiner &c, 1892. Octavo publisher's self wrapper; 12pp. Natural Science Association of Northern Tasmania. Au$50


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