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Exhibition - Tokyo 1922. 平和記念東京博覧会事務報告 [Heiwa Kinen Tokyo Hakurankai Jimu Hokoku]. Tokyo Fucho 1924 (Taisho 13). Two volumes 26x19cm, publisher's embossed wrappers (browned); 681pp, heaps of illustrations: folding colour plans, architectural elevations and plans, photo plates, etc. Browning and foxing expected from the paper but still a rather good fresh copy. Au$1850

The official report on the 1922 Tokyo Memorial Peace Exposition is the very model of what an official report on an exhibition should be. You could just about rebuild the whole thing from this. The detail extends to measured drawings of light fittings, plans of the garden beds and coloured reproductions of the tickets and advertising.
The 1922 Peace Memorial Exhibition, celebrating the League of Nations and a bright future, was the most lavish national Expo ever held. The pavilions were a mix of stately, ultra modern and funfair fairy tale.
Worldcat finds no copies outside Japan, neither do searches of likely library catalogues.

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Exhibition - Amsterdam 1883. Report of the Executive Secretary on the Amsterdam International Exhibition, 1883. Sydney, Govt Printer 1884. Foolscap modern wrapper; 53p, four photo plates and a folding colour plan. Some browning. Au$300

Amsterdam seems pretty much forgotten among the cavalcade of international exhibitions thronging the later 19th century. Even the Smithsonian collection - recorded in Books of the Fairs - has a scant gathering. This is a useful report on the fair, on everything New South Wales sent and how they fared. More than once Bonnard, who wrote the report, remarks on how carelessly some exhibitors packed their goods. These arrived unfit for display.


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Exhibition - Paris 1878. Paris Exhibition of 1878. (Letter From Agent General Respecting.) [with] Paris Universal Exhibition, 1878. (Report of New South Wales Commissioners for.) [with] Report of the Executive Commissioner on the Paris Exhibition, 1878. Sydney, Govt Printer 1877, 1880, 1880. Three volumes foolscap, modern wrappers; 17pp; 16pp; vi,112pp, folding plate and folding plan. Au$300


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Yamada Seijiro [ed]. 大江橋淀屋橋意匠設計図案集 [Oebashi Yodoyabashi Isho Sekkei Zuanshu]. Osaka, Shiyakusho Mikuraban 1924 (Taisho 13) Folio, 40x27cm, loose as issued in card portfolio with mounted label (a bit worn with some short tears); 36 leaves: a wrapper-like title, three leaves of text and 49 illustrations on 32 plates - perspectives, elevations, plans &c. Au$875

The three winning designs and five honourable mentions for the competition for a new bridge - or pair of bridges to flank the brand new Osaka city hall. That impressive pile was demolished by Godzilla in 1955 and by the city in the 1980s.
The winner, Otani Tatsuo, did design the built bridge but as is the way with competitions nothing as splendid - nor as peculiar - as these designs was built. What is there seems a drab, if dignified, patchwork of the least expressive particulars of more than one design. It took thirty years to do, finished in 1954.
I can't find a copy of this anywhere outside Japan and not too many inside.


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A photograph album of Darwin. c1916. Commercial album 24x15cm; 48 leaves each with two 71x95mm framed windows; 79 silver gelatin prints, two with handcolouring. sold

An amateur but not clumsy group of photos of Darwin and surrounds at a comparatively undocumented time. It seems harder to find photos from the early 20th century than the 19th. The photo of the Bathurst Island Mission church is, as far as I can find, the only photo of that first church.
Several photos are identified and dated in the negative while others are clearly more personal: unidentified photos of life on a station that must be home to the album owner. There are a couple of intriguing mysteries: why the photo of a young aviator who seems a long way from Darwin is next to a venerable cabbage farmer who doesn't; and was that group of Aborigines used to being photographed by this time - are some of their poses instinctive or learnt?
I've never been to Darwin so I'd like to think it's a place where grass still grows on the main streets and goods are moved by camel and water buffalo carts.


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CHAMBERLAIN, Houston Stewart. Immanuel Kant - a study and a comparison with Goethe, Leonardo da Vinci, Bruno, Plato and Descartes. London, John Lane 1914. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth (spines faded); eight portraits. Au$90

First edition in English, translated by Lord Redesdale with Chamberlain's approval and assistance. Perhaps one of Chamberlain's more respectable works; it is usually held to exemplify the breadth of his erudition. Online research on Chamberlain brings up so many racist and neo-Nazi websites that I retired from the job feeling sick and anxious.
A small confusion with dates had me thinking that Redesdale was the father of the Mitford girls, a puzzle. Not his admiration for Chamberlain but any sign of scholarship. It isn't him, it's his father.


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CAMPBELL, W.D [&] R. ETHERIDGE. Aboriginal Carvings of Port Jackson and Broken Bay; measured and described ... [with] I.- The Cylindro-Conical and Cornute Implements of Western New South Wales .. II. - The Warrigal, or "Dingo", Introduced or Indigenous? [with] The Dendroglyphs, or "Carved Trees" of New South Wales. Sydney, Govt Printer 1899; 1916; 1918. Three volumes quarto bound together in cloth; v,73pp, folding map and 29 plates (some folding); viii,54pp, 12 plates (one a folding map); viii,104pp, frontispiece & numerous illustrations & photos on 29 plates, the last a folding map. Repairs to gutter of the first few pages of the first book, a few minor flaws or signs of use here and there; all rather good. Mem. Geol. Surv. NSW. Ethnological Series, Nos 1, 2 & 3. Au$1500

Campbell's work on rock carvings is careful survey, the first such, undertaken to provide "some permanent record" as the "spread of metropolitan population .. rapidly destroyed" all vestiges of Sydney's former inhabitants. Originally issued in wrappers but virtually impossible to find like that. Tom Austen Brown complained that he could never find one, despite twenty or thirty years tireless hunting, and he made do with a rebound library copy. It was listed as still being in print in 1918 when Etheridge's book on carved trees appeared but I suspect that the map, like the wrappers, ran out quite early; most of the few copies that have appeared in recent years don't have it.
Etheridge's book on carved trees is still the essential work and now quite hard to find. Etheridge was convinced that "at no distant date dendroglyphs will have ceased to exist," as was E.S. Hartland in his review of this book: "In years to come it will remain as the only record of these efforts of native art, beyond the few specimens preserved in museums" (Folklore; v31p4). Indeed some of the specimens here were already in museums.
While it is true that further examples have been discovered much of what is recorded here has perished and, so I was told by a central west grazier a few years ago, the average property owner who found carved trees on their land would often destroy them as quickly as possible before word got out, the authorities moved in and they lost control of their land.


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Chinese in Australia. Report from the Select Committee ... on the Chinese Immigration Bill. Sydney, Govt Printer 1858. Foolscap, modern wrapper; 10,24pp. Au$500

The colony's first foray into what later became The Chinese Question. In comparison to parliamentarians of the following decades this bunch seems remarkably humane. Of couse "filthy and dirty habits"are never far away along with contagious disease. Most of this is the minutes of evidence - the testimony of ten witnesses including two Chinese residents: 'Henry Leau Appu' and 'Chin Ateak', shopkeeper and merchant respectively. The Assembly passed the restriction bill but the Council rejected it. Not, it appears, with any sympathy other than for landowners wanting cheap labour.
Now, while reading about the 1858 bill I came across this grand academic phrase: "the broader maieutic horizons of the nascent Australian colonies". Can anyone explain to me what the hell a maieutic horizon might look like?


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Chinese in Australia. Correspondence Relating to Chinese Immigration into the Australasian Colonies, with a return of acts passed by the legislatures of those colonies and of Canada and British Columbia on the subject. London, HMSO 1888. Foolscap, very good in a modern wrapper; x,87pp. Au$400

An essential Yellow Peril document gathering details of policy, procedure and personality during a particularly active, perhaps turbulent, period of antagonism and legislation. Collected here are official dispatches and unofficial enclosures, news from all parts of the world and protests from the Chinese.
Much of the proud tradition of strict quarantine in Australia has its origin in intercolonial co-operation in declaring ports of embarkation for Chinese immigrants as Infected Places. Prior to this attempts to establish a national quarantine policy had little success.


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Camel Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. Camel Sewing Machine ... Himeji Japan. n.p. [Japan c1930?]. Glazed colour lithograph 103x73cm with metal strips at top and bottom and hanging loop. A stain down the right edge and a few minor creases, a small nick in the left side; a good survival of an extra large shop poster. Au$400

It seems so obvious once you see it done - putting sewing machines and camels together - you wonder why early sewing machine manufacturers wasted their time with small birds and flowers.


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Mitsukawa Hisashi. 宇宙旅行 [Uchu Ryoku]. Tokyo, Seibundo Shinkosha 1940 (Showa 15). Octavo publisher's printed and embossed boards, printed slipcase; folding colour frontispiece and three colour plates, numerous b/w illustrations. A rather good copy of a book that didn't wear well. The design is by Hatsuyama Shigeru. Au$500

First edition. The volume on space travel is, I think, by far the best of the mostly mundane kids' series Bokura no Kagaku Bunko - a scientific library - published as the war was about to start in earnest. It's the hardest to find in decent condition, usually a good indicator of fascination.
Worldcat finds no copies outside Japan.


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Benedictine. Four fairy tales: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge; Cendrillon; Barbe Bleue; Le Chat Botte. n.p. n.d [Benedictine 190-?]. Four volumes octavo colour illustrated wrappers; each fourteen pages with six or seven colour illustrations. Each is numbered to have eight leaves but has seven - ie the last leaf does not have a conjugate at the front - but they are apparently complete. One with a tiny nibble of one corner, a few other signs of use, pretty good. Au$150

A set of advertising fairy tales properly fashioned to reflect how essential Benedictine is in the way of all things. If Cinderella's fairy godmother hadn't given her those two tiny bottles in case the feast was too rich we would never have a happy ending. Perfect lessons for every child.
I can't find a record of these anywhere.


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Sugoroku. 愛国婦人双六 [Aikoku Fujin Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Aikoku Fujinkai 1934 (Showa 9). Colour broadsheet 64x92cm. A nice copy with its original printed envelope. Au$750

A splendid large game from the patriotic women's association offering inspiration and lessons to the women of Japan as the increasingly military driven country dreamt of an expanding empire. From education to air defence, there is a place for every conscientious woman.
There are two near identical games with the same title issued in the same year - this laid out horizontally, the other vertical.


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Canberra. Information, Conditions and Particulars for Guidance in the Preparation of Competitive Designs for the Federal Capital City of the Commonwealth of Australia. Invitation to Competitors. Melbourne, Govt Printer 1911. Foolscap, without wrapper; 12pp. It looks like the wrapper was overglued at the front and has been roughly removed. Au$100

Not the prettiest copy but rare enough to excuse many flaws. The invitation to come design a new national capital along with background and requirements. Applicants that established their bona fides would then be sent information - a box with maps, views and so on. General plans were to be drawn on the provided contour map.


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Canberra. GRIFFIN, Walter Burley. Federal Parliament House Architectural Competition. [Melbourne], Govt Printer [1914] foolscap folio printed wrapp; [4],10pp, 6 plates of views, plans, elevations &c, folding colour plan. With the registration leaf (to be detached) intact. A bit rumpled and used, piece about an inch square torn from the bottom of the back cover; decent enough. Au$350

Conditions, specifications &c for the failed competition. The judges were to include Otto Wagner - after the outbreak of war Griffin suggested he could be replaced by Saarinen - and Louis Sullivan though it is seems clear that Griffin has all but set out the winning design here. Something between a ziggurat and a stupa. He is still working with the Preliminary Plan of his Report Explanatory without, as yet, further revisions. The department immediately set out to subvert the competition and its results, against which Griffin was still battling in May 1915. It was briefly revived in August 1916 but in November was indefinitely postponed.
It is a pity the competition failed. I do wonder how much the increasing small mindedness of our politicians over the last thirty years is due to them spending their days in a bunker. But that doesn't explain their mean spirited colleagues in other parts of the world.


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Sugoroku. 家庭教育世界一周すごろく [Katei Kyoiku Sekai Isshu Sugoroku]. Osaka Mainichi Shimbun, 1926 (Taisho 15). Colour printed broadside 109x80cm. Short tears in the margins and small holes; used but not bad for a particularly large and vulnerable sugoroku. Au$300

It took me a few moments of slackjawed wonder before I realised this is a world map turned sideways and sat on. From where in space did the artist choose their viewpoint, unpeel the globe and spread it out flat? This a self titled educational game for the family. What does it teach us about our place on the planet and relationship to each other? Maybe that all maps are fiction.
The Japanese flag flying in the Canadian Rockies marks the first ascent of Mount Alberta by the Japanese Alpine Club in 1925.


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Advertising sugoroku. かたた商賣繁昌双六 [Katata Shobai Hanjo Sugoroku]. Katata Shimbun 1936 (Showa 11) Colour broadside 54x79cm. A somewhat rumpled but decent copy. Au$200

A rare, cheerful advertising game featuring local businesses, issued as the new year gift by the newspaper Katata Shimbun. I'm not sure where the Katata Shimbun originated. I can't find a record of it. Katata is an area now in Otsu, near Kyoto but that in comes from there is a guess.


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Nakamura Keisuke. 勇ましい兵隊双六 [Isamashi Heitai Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Seugaku Ninen 1937 (Showa 12). Colour broadside 54x79cm. Minor signs of use. Au$350

This new year gift from the magazine for second grade kids is Merry Melody style cartoon romp through war. Until we get to the bottom left hand corner and there is the hospital tent and a wounded soldier who is no cartoon at all. This is a baffling and brave anti-war message in an otherwise exemplary bit of now disturbing pro-war fluff. I wonder how Nakamura got it past the boss. Maybe the message is that soldiers do get wounded, not killed, and they each get a lovely nurse.
The name Nakamura Keisuke appears on another manga sugoroku - an African adventure with Tarzan - the next year and in children's magazines and kamishibai over the next few years so this did not end his career.


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Ikeda Terukata 新案少女雙六 [Shinan Shojo Sugoroku]. Tokyo Shojo Gaho 1916 (Taisho 5). Colour broadside 79x54cm. A used copy, rumpled with some blotches and small holes in the folds; decent enough. Au$200

This, the new year gift from the girls' magazine Shojo Gaho, is another decorative lesson in the qualities of the perfect girl. She may wear pants and boots but she will hold the umbrella over her traditionally dressed companion come rain. She is neat, industrious and quiet, always quiet, and she will be rewarded with lovely children.
Ikeda, a student of Toshikata, vanished for some years to churn out commercial prints. After the death of his artist wife, Ikeda Shoen, he took to the bottle and died of TB, young, in 1921.


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世界發明發見双六 [Sekai Hatsumei Hatsuken Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shogaku Shinensei Furoku 1929 (Showa 4). Colour broadsheet 54x78cm. A rather good copy. Au$300

An inspirational, if odd, game celebrating great inventors. This was the new year gift from Shogaku Shinensei - a magazine for 4th graders. I'm not sure whether you get to be a god or hang out with a god, join his procession.


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松阪有名会社商店双六 [Matsusaka Yumei Kaisha Shoten Sugoroku]. Matsusaka Shimbun 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 54x79cm. A nice copy. Au$600

A rare and most charming advertising sugoroku from the Matsusaka newspaper as the new year gift for 1935. Who could resist a game that features factory girl twins, drunks and Mickey Mouse? Matsusaka is in Mie Prefecture, east of Osaka.


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Advertising Sugoroku. Sugorku issued by the Osaka Mainichi newspaper Sunday supplement Osaka, Mainichi Shimbun 1922 (Taisho 11). Broadsheet printed in brown. Several small tears in folds and edges, not bad for such a flimsy game. Au$60

A cheap game advertising local businesses printed in that grim brown that newspapers fondly imagined was more lively and attractive than black. It was part of the supplement for January 1st - far drabber than those colourful sheets produced by other papers and magazines and given as a new year gift. On the other side are typical photos of the Sunday supplement kind including puppies in the snow.


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Advertising Sugoroku. 商賣繁榮雙六 [Shobai Hanei Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Sankosha 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 80x56cm, folded as issued. Minor signs of use, a pretty good copy. Au$400

Prosperity and glamour is the reward for the perfect modern girl: good husband, handsome family and shopping, shopping shopping.
This shopping game advertises the glamorous range of businesses in Notagawa - now part of Higashiomi, more or less half way between Kyoto and Nagoya. The same game, relabelled, was used for businesses of Matsumoto City. A very similar - a few panels the same - but not so modern game - more kimonos, fewer cars, furs and bobbed or marcelled heads - with the same title was issued the year before by the newspaper Tokyo Nichinichi Shinbun for readers in the Iwamurata-machi area. You don't waste a good idea and a decent bit of artwork.


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COLSON, C. Notes on Docks and Dock Construction. London, Longman 1894. Octavo publisher's cloth (marked); x,426pp & catal.; 365 illustrations, plans, diagrams (some full page, 2 folding). Scattered spotting. Au$75

First (only?) edition; one of the 'Civil Engineering Series' - always good books. This doesn't pretend to be an exhaustive treatise but notes from Colson's own observations and experiences that cover a wide range and use world wide examples.


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WHEELER, W.H. Tidal Rivers, their (1) Hydraulics (2) Improvement (3) Navigation. London, Longman 1893. Octavo publisher's cloth (marked); viii,467pp, 75 illustrations, plans (two folding). Au$65

First edition; one of the worthy Civil Engineering Series. An historical account precedes solid treatment of technical detail and principles, discussion of the requirements of navigation, buoying and lighting, surveying, the use of working tidal models (a recent innovation) and examples of river improvements around the world.


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de CHABRILLAN, Celeste. Les Voleurs d'Or. Paris, Levy 1857. Octavo contemporary cloth backed mottled boards. Expected browning and spotting, a pretty good copy. Au$1750

First edition, and rare, of this pioneer thriller of the Australian gold fields by the former prostitute, dancer and toast of Paris, now wife of the French Consul in Melbourne. Like who knows how many women writers of the 19th century, Celeste took to novels and plays, starting with this, to climb out of a poverty pit dug by a malevolent or feckless husband. In her case, her blacksheep noble husband - the comte de Chabrillan - was feckless, careless enough to die in Melbourne in 1858.


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SELBORNE, John. The Thousand Secrets. London, Everett 1911. Octavo publisher's cloth with mounted colour illustration. A bit used, a bit browned; a pretty decent copy. Au$475

First edition of this thriller which surely must be the first emoji mystery. At the scenes of the crimes the villain leaves a cryptic typed smiling face. Did he or she kill only owners of typewriters or carry spares? You might be sure the killer is a he from the cover but I'd say our cover artist never tried to make such a face with a typewriter. Truth in advertising or book covers has never been desirable.
"As is often the case in such tales, the criminals show far more intelligence than their pursuers," (The Adelaide Register).


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Medicine. Nostrums and Quackery. Articles on the nostrum evil and quackery reprinted, with additions and modifications, from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Chicago, American Medical Association 1912. Octavo publisher's cloth; 708pp, numerous illustrations. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board, a couple of inoffensive stamps; a rather good copy. Au$75

Second edition, less than a year later and much larger than the first, and a goldmine of fraudulent, worthless and dangerous cures and their advertising. The American Medical Association has a fiercer approach than the similar books produced by its British counterpart - pretty much following national characteristics. The British book is laconic and offers few opinions, letting the "juxtaposition of the claims made and the facts shown by analysis" speak for themselves, while in the American book "evil" appears five times in the first two paragraphs of the preface.


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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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BELL, Ernest A. et al. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls or War on the White Slave Trade. [cover title: White Slavery Horrors of the Traffic ...]. n.p. n.d. [Chicago, L.H. Walter 1911?]. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 98pp and 32 plates - photos and renderings. A used but decent enough copy. Au$75

The ideal version of this well known book - less words and all the pictures - published as a 480 page cloth bound book in 1910 and here condensed down to 97 pages of salacious and vicarious misery in large print for sale on newstands and suchlike. Apparently there were four issues or editions of this between 1911 and 1917 and later versions either carry advertisements for a book on the Titanic or have fewer illustrations.
Young women of many cities were prey to white slavers but Chicago girls must have been extra attractive or extra gullible. I gather from this that Chicago had been harvested of all women between puberty and thirty and most were lured into evil in ice cream parlours run by foreigners.


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LAWSON, Captain J.A. Wanderings in New Guinea. London, Chapman & Hall 1875. Octavo very good in a commercial red cloth prize binding decorated in gilt and black; tinted litho frontispiece and a folding map. A bright copy, interesting as an example of the school prize industry. This has a large colourful prize plate - dated 1883 - inside the front cover printed by the London Scholastic Co. who may well have been one of the companies that made their business buying up unsold sheets of books and preparing them for prizes. In this case the binding is attractive enough, if anodyne, and the edges, untrimmed when originally issued by the publishers, have been trimmed and gilded all round. Au$300

Only edition. Like many of the best travel books, completely - from this distance ridiculously - imaginary, it sparked a fair few tight-lipped letters to the editor from both sides of the fact-fiction divide. Even Moresby, in the appendix to his book, printed a long and detailed letter to the Athenaeum refuting many claims made by Lawson. Given the furor it is surprising that not only did the book never reach a second edition but sheets were sold off as remainders. This may say something about embarrassment at Chapman and Hall.
The authorship of this has occupied generations of bibliographers. It has been ascribed to Lieut. Robert Henry Armit - plausible until we consider the other books associated with Lawson - and Ingleton advanced the cause of Lieut. Dawson who accompanied Moresby to New Guinea and wrote this as an act of revenge, though how it's vengeful is not clear.
Captain Lawson was the author of at least one more book - The Wandering Naturalists (1880) - where he also claimed authorship of Travel and Sport in Burmah which seems to be the book that appeared as written by John Bradley in 1876. The Library of Congress links the two authors, confidently gives Lawson the christian name John and suggests that Bradley is the pseudonym. Carrying on we find that Travel and Sport in Burmah has been attributed to James Anthony Lawson by Cushing and to Captain John A. Lawson by Kirk. Here is where I'm ready to give up.


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LAURENCE, Z. Perspective Simplified; second edition, containing a new "preliminary chapter," ... with an additional plate. London, Weale 1839. Octavo publisher's cloth (faded and splodged with some wear to the very tips but firm); xx,47pp, folding frontispiece and nine plates. Seven are folding and two are moveable models that can be popped up and include thread and even a transparent panel of gauze. A bit of browning but a rather good copy of a book fated to be wrecked by enthusiastic handling. Au$325

The Spectator review for the first edition - 1838 - starts as an accolade but, being The Spectator, by the end you wonder why Laurence and the publisher wasted their efforts and paper. Worldcat and Copac find three or four copies of the 1838 first edition and one copy of this.


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Hikifuda of a ship against the rising sun. n.p. [c1900?]. Colour wood engraving? 26x36cm. Minor signs of use, quite good. Au$200

This handsome ship hikifuda - small poster or handbill - advertises something I can't read. It uses the western technique of wood engraving, a technique that had a brief run in commercial printing between traditional woodcuts and lithography.


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Hikifuda of a boy sailor winning a horserace with a crown princess like mother and two other military children cheering. n.p. [190-?]. Colour lithograph 26x37cm. Minor signs of use, quite a good copy. Au$150

An exhilarating conjunction of sport, patriotism and those repulsive chubby infants so popular in the late Meiji period. I don't know what this hikifuda - a small poster or handbill - advertises but it is winning.


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Hikifuda. Hikifuda of a ship bedecked with flags with fireworks overhead Colour woodcut 37x26cm. A small blotch in the upper right side, a nice copy. Au$185

An undeciphered by me hikifuda - large handbill or small poster - featuring some nautical celebration.


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Art Training Institute Pty Ltd. The New Era in Commercial Art. Melbourne, the company [193-?]. Folio (35x25cm) publisher's string tied printed wrapper; 52pp illustrated throughout, much in colour, and 13 translucent leaves, several printed. A rather good copy. Au$185

The fairly deluxe prospectus for the commercial art school. Throughout are examples of the work - posters, advertisements etc - of successful students, the staff, and distinguished contributors, including James Northfield, Ted Scoresby and Ida Outhwaite.
There are a few versions of this book with slightly different titles and contents. This one does not match any of the three noted by Trove. Neither does it quite match a copy that came through here a few years ago with some correspondence dated 1937.


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Hamada Masuji and others. 現代商業美術全集 [Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu - The Complete Commercial Artist]. Tokyo, Ars 1928-30 (Showa 3 - 5). 24 volumes quarto, publisher's wrappers & printed card slipcases. Thousands of illustrations, most colour. Minor flaws and signs of use - a few small chips from spines; wear of the card boxes; a couple of leaves mistrimmed during binding causing a clean tear in one text leaf; a rather good set. Au$3500

A complete set of the Shogyo Bijutsu, one of the great monuments of Japanese modernism. Largely the work of Masuji Hamada - credited with the invention of design as a profession in Japan - it is an encyclopaedic gathering of all that is new and exciting in Russia, Europe, Britain and America from art nouveau to bauhaus and constructivism, with futurism, expressionism, dada and everything else along the way lavishly mixed with Japanese responses to, and digestion of, these western ideas. Any number of exciting artists and designers contributed.
Each volume is devoted to a topic or related topics and commercial design here means more than it does to us. So as well as volumes on posters, advertisements, billboards, typography, and similar graphic arts - like bookbindings, magazine, brochure and catalogue covers, packaging, labels, trademarks and placards - there are volumes devoted to the architecture of the shop from the mightiest department store to the most chic Parisian shop window and the display within. Exterior and interior design, showcases and fittings - shops, restaurants, cinemas, even a barber shop or beauty parlour is laid out.
One volume is devoted to lighting: neon lights, the lighting of commercial spaces and illuminated signs. Another volume is devoted to kiosks, pavilions and floats, festive decoration, facades, gateways and entrances, while the following volume continues into international exhibitions. Volume 22 is devoted to traditional Japanese shop signs and banners, a treat in itself, while volume 14 explores photography and humour in graphic art - so German photo-montage and French caricature share a volume.
Odd volumes of this are easy to find but try finding a complete set. I suspect that most customers bought only volumes of interest to them and others sat until they met a sad end. A pilgrimage through the bookshops of Japan would likely net a boxful of volume 10 - no bad thing, it's my favourite - but some volumes will elude you altogether.


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BADHAM, C. David. Prose Halieutics or Ancient and Modern Fish Tattle. London, Parker 1854. Octavo blindstamped straight grained green/blue cloth; xii,552pp. An excellent, fresh and bright copy. Au$200

An enthusiastic delver's book of the best type. Badham has scratched together (much from classical writers) a wealth of recondite facts and fancies about fish - from the water to the table. He begins with ancient and modern fishing and ends with chapters on opsophagy (the eating of delicacies), covering ancient fish-dealers and their tricks, Greek cooks and gluttony. Other chapters wind through such things as fish in medicine, subterranean fish, the Naples fish-market, the etymology of Cod, spurious fish sauces, ancient fishing tackle, the uses of stingray hide, and Pliny's mistakes about Lampreys. While there is enough here to satisfy any student of any aspect of fish (or classics) its greatest value now may well be to those interested in cookery, food and their history.


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HIGGINSON, S.J. [Sarah Jane Hatfield Higginson]. A Princess of Java. A tale of the far east. Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1887. Octavo publisher's printed pattern cloth with paper labels (spine tips a bit chipped). Au$175

First edition of this sometimes thrilling romance, or sometimes romantic thriller. I can't decide whether Mrs Higginson ever visited Java. This begins more like a travelogue - and she wrote a travel book for children about Java a few years later - than a novel and it's the surfeit of local colour and language that makes me wonder whether it all comes out of Raffles.
There is a strong streak of feminism - our heroine princess, infected by association with western women, rejects docile subjection to her arranged marriage and other distasteful traditions - but the extraordinary culmination of this book is the celebration of not one but two interracial marriages. Admittedly the duskier half of each couple is the princess and a handsome young prince and the unions eventuate with some fairy tale inevitability. But the ordeals and dangers, the adventures of the heroines (there are three) are directed by their conflict with the cultural and racist demands of their parents.
In the end it's Mrs Higginson's brave appreciation of and close attention to the beauty of the Javanese that lends me to believe she spent time there; more than her cavalcade of murderous amok, Guwa Upas - Valley of Poison - and ular lanang, a king cobra that blows gusts of poison.


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DAGLESS, Thomas. The Light in Dends Wood and Other Stories. London, Greening & Co 1903. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth blocked in black and white. Marks and splodges, a well read but decent copy. Au$485

Only edition. This would be a long forgotten book but for trumping Amanda M'Kittrick Ros, beating her Irene Iddesleigh for first place in the prestigious 'Fifty Worst Books' gathered by Harry Graham for a select circle that consisted of himself, E.V. Lucas, Anthony Hope, Barry Pain, Edmund Gosse, Belloc and Frank Richardson. Graham had copies of maybe the first five titles specially bound. I still don't what volumes three and four are.
It's taken me fifteen or so years to find a copy of this and learn whether it deserves to be volume one - ahead of Irene Iddesleigh as volume two. No. It doesn't. The title story has a decent premise - half caste Anglo-Zulu youth in England unknowingly falls in love with the woman that spurned his father and drove him off to Africa. Then it gets complicated and Dagless seems unable to remember, paragraph to paragraph, whether he's writing a horror story or a crime mystery and who his main characters are. It's near senseless but it's no Amanda Ros. All four stories are consistent in that you finish them wondering what the hell happened. The other three have plenty of inter-racial lust, murder and maniacs. Don't forget the voluptuous mummy and the vampire apes.


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Ned Nimble Amongst the Bushrangers of Australia. London, Edwin J. Brett [188-?]. Two volumes large octavo, bound together in a modern wrapper with a copy of a cover mounted; original illustrated wrappers bound in. 276pp, 23 full page illustrations. Some repairs and splodges to the wrappers; natural browning of the paper in the first volume; still, rather good. Au$1250

Ned Nimble's Australian romp appeared in the 'Boys of England' in 1882 and in parts and collected editions in two versions. This is the first, coming out of the Boys of England offices. The other comes out of Harkaway House, a name change made in the early nineties. The second version came in, I think, 17 weekly parts adding up to 264 pages.
The wrappers are sensibly recycled with part numbers and price at the top (parts 28 and 30, price 4d) and volume numbers and new price stamped at the bottom (Nimble Series Vol 9 and 10; price one shilling). And the volumes are recycled from unsold parts with the original stab marks visible. I don't get how they could have spun this out to 30 parts, there are clearly 23.
Trove finds two copies of the second version and one of this. But the covers of that one have different Nimble series volume numbers. Confused? Bored?


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Children's ABC. All Aboard ABC. London, Dean & Son [c1905]. Folio (37x26cm), covers and ten colour pages by Frank M. Barton mounted on card and bound as a concertina. Someone has taken Dean's declaration "untearable" as a challenge and managed to put a two inch tear into the top of one card, without loss; in all rather good. Au$300

A delightfully large celebration of transport and movement with a bas relief front cover. Only a couple of letters display some clutching at straws - Q is for quickness and Z is for zebra cart. No book is ever debased by the presence of zebras.


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Kawabata Ryushi. 家庭教育雙六 [Katei Kyoiku Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1915 (Taisho 4). Colour printed broadside 53x77cm. A bit of browning and a few small holes in folds. Au$350

The New Year gift from the magazine Fujin Sekai - Women's World. The modern Japanese girl will treasure tradition; she is conscientious, industrious, gentle, kind, neat, cultured, respectful, obedient, and if she follows her path she will be rewarded with high level shopping.
Kawabata's career took a curious turn during a 1913 stay in America to study western painting. Apparently he was so impressed with the Japanese art he saw in Boston he switched to being a Nihonga painter. Still, he remained being an illustrator for magazines for quite some time. As did most of the early to mid 20th century artists now revered.


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Hirafuku Hyakusui. 婦人身の上双六 [Fujin Minoue Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Jogaku Sekai 1913 (Taisho 2). Colour printed broadside 54x79cm. A bit used with some small holes in folds and a couple of short marginal tears; pretty good. Au$300

The new year gift from the magazine Jogaku Sekai, a magazine aimed at the generation of girls and young women going onto higher education. Still the message is much the same, embrace tradition and the reward is wealth in the shape of an oligarch husband.
Hirafuku, like so many celebrated painters and printmakers supported himself illustrating newspapers and magazines.


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Akashi Seiichi. 子だから双六 [Kodakara Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1919 (Taisho 8). Colour printed broadsheet 54x79cm. A bit used, some browning and a couple of small holes in folds; pretty good. Au$300

The new year gift from the magazine Fujin Sekai - Woman's World - is a colourful hymn to the joys of having children.


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Sugoroku. 子供乗物双六 [Kodomo Norimono Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Seugaku Ninensei 1930 (Showa 5). Colour lithograph broadside, 54x78cm. A rather good copy. Au$500

An exciting and vivid jaunt around the world and all forms of transport is the theme here. This was the New Year treat that came with the magazine Seugaku Sophomore (for the second year of primary school).
I don't know who those two kids are but they never aged and, with updates in fashion and style, seem to have been on a ceaseless whirl of travel and adventure ever after. For decades new but the same sugorokus appeared. The zeppelin vanished of course, square automobiles became sleek cars, trains went diesel and electric, aeroplanes became jets, and on they went. Perhaps they learnt early what many idle wealthy globe trotters know: that a diet of fine demi-sec and pure cocaine keeps you young forever.


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Shibuya Shigeo & Suzuki Omizu. ツエッペリン世界一周双六 [Tsuepperin Sekai Isshu Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Nihon Shonen 1930 (Showa 5). Colour broadsheet 54x79cm. Minor signs of use, a little rumpled; a rather good copy with playing pieces - propellors - in the bottom margin. On the back is a duller game about athletics in red, white and blue. Au$400

The new year gift from the boys' magazine Nihon Shonen, this is an heroic, an epic, zeppelin journey around a world that existed in the minds of writers and illustrators for boys. Every step, every part of nature, every being, is a peril, a hazard to be fought and beaten. Girls win by accepting, boys win by taken a cudgel, or even better a machine gun, to everything in their path.


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SATTERLEE, Marion P. A Detailed Account of the Massacre by the Dakota Indians of Minnesota in 1862. Minneapolis, Satterlee [1923]. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; [4],128pp. Contemporary inscription on the wrapper in Swedish from Axel Lindegard - doubtless the Swedish settler in Hallock Minnesota; an excellent copy. Au$150

First edition and scarce.


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Catalogue - farm machinery. The Farmers Friend Mfg Co, Dayton Ohio. Grain Drills. The company [c1890?]. Square octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper, illustrated. A nice copy. Au$40

With the Hobart agent's name, A.G. Webster & Son, printed on the front. Webster & Son - now Webster Ltd - went big in the 1880s publishing their own Tasmanian Agriculturist and Machinery Gazette and importing just about everything farm that there was.


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Catalogue - Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. No.14. 1914. Section XI. Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. Sydney, the company 1914. Largish oblong octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, illustrated throughout. Four page price list inserted and an extra 1913 price list of pumps. Au$150

A now extinct behemoth of Sydney retailing. Agricultural machinery here extends beyond ploughs, pumps and separators to lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and a few mangles.


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Sugar. Manufacture of Beet Root Sugar. Copy of two despatches from the Agent-General ... with estimates of sugar-houses, plans, drawings of machinery, etc. Melbourne, Govt Printer 1871. Foolscap, disbound in a modern plain wrapper; 15pp and eight litho plates (three folding). Au$200

The foundation of a sugar industry in Victoria, an attempt to match the rapidly burgeoning cane sugar industry of NSW and Queensland, was no great success. The Victorian Beetroot Sugar Company was registered in November, crops were planted near Geelong, a mill built nearby and plants built in Melbourne. By 1874 the mill was closed. The fault lay with the quantity and quality of crop and seems to have remained so in later attempts to create a southern sugar industry.
This report contains information gathered for the Warnambool Beet-root Sugar Manufactory giving plans and estimates of plants for works of two capacities. Pretty appealing and useful for the student of industrial architecture, manufactures and machinery. And sugar.


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PRIP-MOLLER, J. Chinese Buddhist Monasteries. Their plan and its function as a setting for Buddhist monastic life. [with] Kina For Og Nu. Copenhagen, Gads 1937 & 1945. Folio publisher's half gilt vellum; numerous photo ills, plans & measured drawings (a couple folding, four folding plans in the pocket at end). The blue paper on the front faded as happens if the book sees daylight for more than a few minutes. [and] Octavo publisher's cloth backed boards; colour extra title, 183pp, photo illustrations, plans. Au$1800

Original and best edition by miles. One of the great scholarly studies in architecture in which Prip-Moller's modesty of style and scrupulous research, devoted to setting exact measurement of the material with historical documentation and spiritual purpose, is set in a scrupulous and stylish design, producing a large and solid book outwardly very elegant and inwardly complex, almost the embodiment of its subject. 'A monumental work which, in its own sphere, has no rival at the present time, and is hardly likely to encounter one in the future.' (Gosta Montell in 'Geografisk Tidsskrift', b.42; 1939).
Prip-Moller preached this intensity of purpose, function and meaning in his architectural polemic and practised it in his own buildings, the best known now is probably the Christian church he designed for Reichelt in Hong Kong in 1930, and his direct influence doesn't pass unnoticed in buildings like Utzon's Bagsvaerd Church.
The second book here is a companion produced to match, on a smaller scale, and not published in English as far as I know. This is his personal account of travels in China gathering materials for his monster book.


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Kon Wajiro & Yoshida Kenkichi. 考現学採集 (モデルノロヂオ). [Kogengaku Saishu (Moderunorojio)]. Tokyo, Shun'yudo 1931 (Showa 6). Quarto publisher's cloth blocked in red and white, rather browned but solid illustrated slipcase; [2],323pp, photo illustrations, hundreds of line drawings and diagrams (one with colours added), endpaper map. Au$750

First edition of the companion to the 'Modernologio' of the previous year - the gospel of Modernology. Kon and Yoshida here collect the data to extend their extraordinary encyclopaedia of the people of modern Tokyo. Their thesis was that those who do the planning, designing and building know nothing of what people actually do, what they own and how they use those things - how they live and who they are. I can't imagine anything you might ever think about and a lot you would never think about that isn't collected here. How you walk, where you walk, what you carry, how you carry it, where you dance, how you dance, how you sit, what is on your shelves, in your cupboards ...


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GROPIUS, Walter. The New Architecture and the Bauhaus. London, Faber 1935. Octavo very good in publisher's cloth and somewhat used but decent dustwrapper with a largish chip from the top of the spine; 112pp, 16 photo plates. Au$250

First edition and hard to find with dustwrapper. Does this Moholy-Nagy wrapper design strike anyone else as grim, if not threatening? Something like a weapon caught in a police spotlight. Or is it just me?


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WHEELER, Gerald Camden. Mono-Alu Folklore (Bougainville Strait, Western Solomon Islands). London, Routledge 1926. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth. Anthropologist Harold Scheffler's copy. Au$100


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J.G. Goodenough. MARKHAM, Clements R. Commodore J.G. Goodenough. A Brief Memoir. Portsmouth, J. Griffin [1876]. Octavo publisher's cloth blocked in gilt and black; [4],64pp and publisher's list, frontispiece portrait. Some marks and smudges, pretty good. With the bookplate of H.J.C. Christchurch - Henry John Chitty Harper, the Bishop of Christchurch and primate of New Zealand and the later - 1897 - confident signature of one James Barton on the half title. Au$150

Goodenough, Commodore of the Australian Station, died a proper hero's death, poisoned by arrows in the Santa Cruz Islands, in 1875. Indeed he became the subject of an edifying pamphlet called The Christian Hero of Santa Cruz.


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HOAR, Allen. The Submarine Torpedo Boat. Its characteristics and development. NY, van Nostrand; London, Crosby Lockwood 1916. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth; xvi,211pp, three folding plans and profiles, 80 photo illustrations, plans and diagrams through the text. Au$175


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