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Creped silk - chirimen. 太位号 [Dai-i Go?] Sample book of Chirimen - Japanese creped silk. n.p. [1880s?] 14x21cm heavy embossed wrapper with manuscript title label; 59 mounted fabric samples on 13 heavy double folded leaves; 44 are 7x5cm mounted in pairs, the rest are 4x5cm. Proper signs of use, a pleasing copy. Au$375

A vibrant Kyoto kimono draper's sample book of high quality chirimen - creped silk - dyed in small patterns with synthetic dyes. A fair bit of trouble has been taken - the samples are mounted with black borders and all are neatly numbered suggesting this, while a working book, was to be shown to customers. Many samples are marked with a stamped circle beside them - maybe in or out of stock? Maybe a pricing code?


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THOMSON, James. Collected Papers in Physics and Engineering. Selected and arranged with unpublished material and brief annotations by Sir Joseph Larmor ... Cambridge Univ Press 1912. Octavo publisher's cloth (a bit used); civ,484pp. Au$200


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No fury like a charlatan hoodwinked

HENRY, T. Shekleton. "Spookland" A record of research and experiment in a much-talked-of realm of mystery, with a review and criticism of the so-called spiritualistic phenomena of Spirit Materialization and hints and illustration as to the possibility of artificially producing the same. Chicago, Clyde Publishing 1902. Octavo modern cloth, original wrapper preserved; 74pp, four spirit photo illustrations, other diagrams and line drawings. Tiny chip from the front wrapper, a nice copy. Au$475

Second edition I believe, this first appeared in Sydney in 1894. A magical bit of peeve. Henry was a Sydney architect, painter and clairvoyant who - according to him - was convinced by medium Mrs J.B. Mellon - nee Annie Fairlamb - and her materialisations. She was famous for her three guides or controls: Cissie, a small black child; Florence, a beautiful young woman; and Geordie, a crusty old man. The book culminates in the Woollahra sceance in which Henry grabbed hold of Cissie and called to his friend for light. A match was struck and blown out. Another match was struck and blown out. Mr Mellon seized Henry by the throat but he hung on to Cissie. When lights were brought up he discovered he was holding Mrs Mellon, on her knees, without shoes and stockings, hiding stuff under her petticoats.
Henry himself was exposed as an unreliable and untrustworthy character who "carried his spiritualism to an egregious degree" in the Counterblast to Spookland written by Psyche and published in Sydney in 1895.


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Woogaroo lunatic asylum. Report from the Joint Select Committee on the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum, together with the proceedings ... and minutes of evidence. Brisbane, Govt printer 1869. Foolscap disbound; [4],73pp and nine litho plates: plans and elevations. Au$450

Woogaro, Queensland's first lunatic asylum, was opened in 1865 and was a disaster: built in the wrong place, badly staffed, badly managed, with woefully inadequate buildings. Two inquiries were held in 1869, one by public servants and this one by a parliamentary committee. The focus here is on the buildings, the general plan and proper management. From this inquiry came the 1869 Lunacy Act.
The committee recommend buildings on the "cottage" system and given the choice between plans by Tiffin and Suter - both illustrated here - chose Suter's. He crammed twice the number of patients into each building at a saving of £18 per head.


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Kawakami Sumio. ゑげれすいろは人物 [Egeresu Iroha Jinbutsu]. Tokyo, Hangaso 1935 (Showa 10). Small quarto by size (26x18cm) publisher's cloth backed illustrated boards, illustrated slipcase; title and 26 woodcuts with facing text on double folded grey card leaves. Cover and box a bit browned, a nice copy. Au$500

Kawakami's work is charming, simple to the point of naive so of course it isn't. Kawakami nursed a nostalgia for a time he did not experience. I'm sure there's word for that which isn't nationalism, xenophobia or popularism. In his case it was the Meiji enlightenment and the confusion of westernisation that fascinated him and it is easy to see the models of early Meiji primers for children in his prints.
But there is also sly fun. In this alphabet V is for Virgin but U is for Uncle who you can bet will make sure V is disqualified. J is for Jack, maybe Jack is a sailor, maybe what either or both will have by the time they are done with each other. I'm pretty sure I for Instructor is a self portrait - Kawakami was an English teacher for quite some time.
There are much later reprints of this which are easy to find in libraries and for sale, not so this.


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KENDRICK, John B. History of the Wallingford Disaster. Hartford, Case Lockwood & Brainard 1878. Slender octavo publisher's cloth titled in gilt on the front (spine faded); 76 pages and eight fabulous wood engraved plates. Rather good. Au$275

Only edition of this most appealing and essential piece of disaster literature and of storm literature. Wallingford, Connecticut, was wiped out in minutes on August 9th, 1878 by a tornado - Kendrick calls it cyclone or tornado randomly - which killed at least 29 people. Warning: many of the descriptions are gruesome.
The wood engravings, though, are wonderful; the best of the Police Gazette school. They are after photos and they have both an extraordinary vivacity and stillness. The now still detritus of terrific destruction matches the calm insouciance of the observers; the awkward forms are engraved with absolute surety. These are the exact qualities that later generations of artists consciously tried to capture, some did better than weak imitation but not much better.
One of plates has the name Beckley as engraver. This might be Arthur Beckley, wood engraver of Southington. Whoever it is, Beckley is the star of this book.


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Australia. 濠洲航路案内 [Goshu Koro Annai]. NYK Line 1934 (Showa 9). Octavo publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; [12],55pp, photo illustrations on six plates, folding map. Au$125

Fourth edition of NYK's guide to the Australian route, first published in 1925 and updated every so often.


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CANNING, A.S. (Algernon Stratford). New Guinea. Report of Inquiry into Allegations of Flogging and Forced Labour of Natives. [Melbourne], Govt Printer 1924. Foolscap, stapled as issued; 18pp. Short tear in a couple of margins. Au$425

All is well in New Guinea. "I have decided, after careful consideration and examination of their testimony ... that their evidence is not trustworthy - more particularly as all the official and other evidence available is in conflict therewith." Besides, they all changed their stories soon after. Two statements that appear again and again may seem paradoxical to you: 'natives are untrustworthy and will lie'; and 'all natives denied they had been mistreated'. You are wrong.


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HEARNE W.G. (William Goodall). Treatment of Diseases: a short treatise to secure advancement in the science of medicine. Melbourne, printed by Sands & McDougall 1880. Octavo publisher's blindstamped limp cloth (a bit rubbed); 48pp. Some spots and signs of use but a most acceptable copy. Early inscription of Nurse Elaine Evans and small book label of Brian Gandevia - making it one of the copies cited by Ford. Au$380

The interesting part of this is the preface, the rest is Hearne's attempt to show medical authority. This little book is Hearne's challenge to the medical establishment: Hearne and whichever real doctor took the bet would each put up a thousand pounds, each treat a thousand patients - diseases set out here - and whoever killed fewer patients would pick up the kitty.
Hearne was a manufacturer of patent medicines, later the maker of Hearne's Bronchitis Cure which recently won him a Geelong lane, now named for him. One of his sons became a doctor.


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Printing. 印刷大鑑 [Insatsu Taikan]. Osaka, Nihon Insatsu Kaisha 1915 (Taisho 4). Folio (39x27cm) publisher's patterned silk over bevelled boards with cord ties (silk worn through at the corners and edges); 12 preliminary leaves including two colour plates and a preface in French, 101 specimen leaves by different printers on different papers is a variety of techniques: chromolithography, four colour process, photo engraving, gravure, embossing, etc, with two plates on metal sheets; 11 more leaves at the end including a couple of plates. Defunct library stamps on a front endpaper, minor flaws and signs of use inside. The silk covers of this did not wear well; this is comparatively a pretty good copy. Au$1500

A luxurious bit of showing off by the Japanese printing industry announcing that they have done their apprenticeship with western printers and now match them in skill. Fine printing, book work, advertising ... some kitsch and some very smart. For such a grand book this was not distributed as widely as you might expect. Worldcat finds two copies, in the US, CiNii finds five copies in Japanese libraries, and my searches of specialist libraries found no more.


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New Zealand advertising agents Charles Haines Ltd's album of proof pulls &c of their advertising for Austin and Ford dating from the late twenties and early thirties. n.p. 1929 - 1934 A quite large folio cloth album with printed labels (covers detached); 30 leaves with mounted proofs of magazine (and presumably newspaper) adverts, posters, as well as a quantity of posters, brochures &c loosely inserted. Most of this dates from 1929 and 1930, a few of the loose things date from 1934. Au$850

Pretty terrific. Some of this stuff was for the dealers and there are two rather good poster size sheets of stock cuts (illustration and advertisement blocks) for Ford dealers, one for new and one for used. There are a few good "news" posters, one of the amazing results of two baby Austins against "German giants" in the "world's greatest road race"; another on the journey from Sydney to Melbourne in an Austin 12 bolted in top gear.
With the Ford advertising there is an emphasis on the Britishness (Scottishness really) of the Fords and one is specifically on "Wool and the Ford Car".


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Naito Ryoji. 現代カット図案集 [Gendai Katto Zuanshu]. Tokyo, Koransha Shoten 1931 (Taisho 6). Quarto publisher's decorated cloth (edges rubbed); title, hundreds of illustrations on 78 plates printed on one side, [4]pp. A used copy, a better than new copy. Au$225

This pattern book of modern designs for vignettes, borders and other small cuts was rightly popular. First published in 1929 this is claimed as the 12th edition.
This copy has been defaced or enhanced - you decide - by being extra-illustrated with every blank covered with cut outs from papers, magazines, brochures, packages and, I'm sorry to report, a couple of covers from the Shochikuza News. This has caused browning of many plates but, like me, you can choose to see this as exercises in tonal pattern or ignore it altogether. A good eye at work has made a damn good album of Japanese commercial art from the early thirties.


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NORDAU, Max [Simon Sudfeld]. Degeneration. London, Heinemann 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth; xiv,560pp and publisher's list for October 1894. A few spots to endpapers and minor signs of use; a quite good copy. Au$150

First English edition of one of the great works of reactionary bile, published in dozens of editions in almost every western language over the next several decades. Nordau sits comfortably within the school of heredity alarmists but carries the battle into the fields of art and literature. His dedication to Lombroso points out this gap in the literature: "Degenerates are not always criminals, prostitutes, anarchists, and pronounced lunatics; they are often authors and artists".
Despite his prognosis that the "hysteria of the present day will not last," his hit list - and it is a hit list, he writes with invigorating fury and savagery - almost forms the modern Pantheon of mid-to-late 19th art, literature, music and thought: Flaubert, Baudelaire, Wagner, Nietsche, Tolstoy, Huysmans, Zola, Ibsen, Whitman, Wilde, the pre-Raphaelites, the Symbolists. Much the same way that the Nazi's own model of Nordauism - Jew and Zionist that he was - the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) gallery encapsulated what is now most celebrated in 20th century art.


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TAUT, Bruno. アルプス建築 [Arupusu Kenchiku] Alpine Architektur. Hagen, Folkwang 1919 [ie Tokyo, 1944]. Folio (35cm high) publisher's cloth; title page in Japanese and 37 leaves consisting of 29 monochrome mounted leaves (title and contents leaves, five section titles and 22 plates) and eight colour lithographs. Sometime recased with new endpapers; an uncommonly bright copy; without the booklet containing the Japanese translation. Au$1250

This might be the most curious Japanese book on western architecture. It's officially part of the collected works of Taut in Japanese (Tauto Zenshu) but while his other works were translated and collected into five solid sensible octavo volumes, here the original has been followed faithfully, lavishly. A translation was provided as a booklet inserted at the end.
It has been sorted out thanks to the generous diligence of a librarian at the Art Institute of Chicago (the only library I could trace that had both versions) who, twice, compared them side by side and sent me a list of seven plates that vary in image size, that this isn't a re-issue of original sheets - once a common claim.
So this is no photographic process reprint; the colour plates are proper colour lithographs that match the originals. While there's no doubt that elaborate and fine printing could be and was done in war time it still doesn't make sense. The flimsy translation booklet is what we expect from wartime printing - why not do a better job with that? The binding is war time, the printing is not.
So when were these plates produced? Were they prepared with Taut when he was in Japan - by 1936? The whole business of a collected edition of Taut in the middle of the war becomes something of a circular puzzle. Japan's ties with Germany are clear enough and the Japanese showed their appreciation of radical German modernists, or expressionists, like Taut and Mendelsohn pretty much even before Germany did, and Taut had spent years in Japan - but he was part of the exodus from Germany in 1933 and had died in Turkey in 1938. Still, a devoted band of fans did manage what seems unimaginable and got the job done.


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RICHARDSON, Benjamin Ward. Hygeia a City of Health. London, Macmillan 1876. Octavo publisher's printed tangerine wrapper (rubbed, worn along the spine); 48pp. A bit used; pretty good. Au$350

The sanitary reformer's outline for an utopian city of 100,000 people which he is confident that, within two generations, will reduce mortality to five per thousand. An outline it is, but a closely worked one; from the laying out of streets - with subway trains beneath - to their paving and camber. It is to be, more a less, a garden city but the detail is in the details, to coin a paraphrase.
Housing is treated particularly: nothing is to be below ground; the brickwork is to be impermeable but laid with removable wedges that allows cavity air to be flushed or heated; the interior walls and arched ceilings are to be of glazed brickwork (of colours and patterns to the inhabitants' taste and purse) which makes unnecessary the poisons of glues, papers and distempers and allows the complete interior to be washed down with water. Each room is worked out by purpose, placement and design; communication and ventilation provided.
Outside, factories, sanitation works, abbatoirs and suchlike are removed some distance from the city and trades (tailoring, shoe-making, lacework) are taken out of the homes to convenient blocks of offices and workrooms. Small, almost portable, model hospitals are provided every few blocks and the insane, infirm and incapacitated are cared for in houses indistinguishable from the rest.
Given the debate on cremation vs burial, Richardson plumps for tradition but not current practice. The dead are to be interred in shrouds only, into artificial carboniferous soil where they can return to dust in no time at all. Monuments can be erected in some hall or temple.


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Ishii Usaburo. 新撰大匠雛形大全 [Shinsen Taisho Hinagata Taizen]. Osaka, Seikado 1897 [Meiji 30]. Six volumes small quarto by size, publisher's embossed wrappers with title labels; illustrations throughout, a couple folding - all lithographed. The cover surfaces well grazed by insects, excellent inside; a rather good set. Au$850

First edition of this excellent builder/architect's pattern book - it was reprinted in 1910 - published just at the time when there was both a cultural argument and a government led reaction against the wholesale importation of western architecture into Japan.
This particular book bridges the confrontation between a nationalistic return to ancient temple forms and the fervour for modernisation. Two thirds of this book is traditional Japanese design, structure and carpentry but the last two volumes introduce western building designs and, in the details, western building methods. Here nuts, bolts and metal brackets replace traditional carpentry and masonry forms are described. In the last volume are a series of profiles of mouldings, architectural hardware and fairly elaborate gates, fences and entries in western styles.
At this time architecture itself was an innovation - the first generation of trained architects were beginning to replace the craftsman, until then designer and builder. But the Imperial Palace, despite the Emperor's push for modernity for the country, was not built to the designs of any of the western or western trained architects who submitted designs; it was built by the Imperial Carpenter, who went on to teach many of these young, new architects then, in turn, responsible for the resurgence of Japanese historicism.


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DICKENS, Charles & Wilkie COLLINS. No Thoroughfare .. being the extra Christmas number of All the Year Round ..; London, Christmas 1867. Octavo publisher's printed blue wrapper (an inoffensive erasure from the front cover, small flaw to the edge of the back cover); 48pp. A few spots and signs of use but quite a good copy. Au$100

First edition of this compact thriller.


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Happy dreams

Takarabune. Two martial new year treasure ship gift prints of the 1930s. Namikoshi Takarabune-kai & n.p. [193-?]. Two woodblock prints 26x38cm & 38x26cm. Rumpled, the first more so. Used but decent enough. Au$220

These treasure ship (takarabune) new year good wishes have been produced by the million for who knows how long. The tradition is heaps of rice, wealth, maybe a lucky god or seven on board. For a few hundred years now the custom is to put these under your pillow and hope for a good dream. A bad dream and you throw your print in the river.
Artists of course played with the form but these two are unlike any others I've seen. Especially the ship loaded with weapons and the lone soldier with his back to us.
I was convinced for some while that this must be an anti-war print but I think now it is an unironical wish for guns and tanks to be sent to China. I have seen another takarabune print produced by the Namikoshi Association around the same time and, while unusual, I see no sign of risky politics. The second print here, in which the ship has vanished beneath mass patriotism, is a cheery wish for a great spring campaign.


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Film - lobby card. Guerra Entre Planetas - Battle in Outer Space. n.p. [1959/60]. Colour poster 26x37cm. A small hole, a rather good copy. Au$150

Spanish language lobby card for the Japanese sci-fi thriller Uchu Daisenso released in English as Battle in Outer Space. This was no low budget shocker. This was a high budget, special effects extravaganza shocker with an international cast - at least three or four American hacks were in it.
This is my favourite of the various posters and lobby cards I've seen - the Japanese and American versions tried too hard to make the movie big budget serious.


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von HALLE, Ernst. Trusts or Industrial Combinations and Coalitions in the United States. NY, Macmillan 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth. Quite a good copy. Au$125

First edition of this influential and widely circulated book; it was circulating in Japanese by 1900.


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Minton, Hollins & Co. Stoke Upon Trent. [Catalogue of art-painted tiles, enamelled tiles and embossed Majolica tiles]. Minton Hollins c1873. Small folio (33x22cm) publisher's cloth backed printed boards (ink stain on front cover); 2pp and 25 chromolitho plates, 12pp price list loosely inserted. Minor signs of use, the ink stain apart a rather good copy. Au$2750

Here we have the arty tiles those for walls, surrounds and so on. Encaustic and paving tile patterns were available separately from the company. Around 1870 there was a split between the partners of Minton and for a short while there were two companies making Minton tiles until a law suit settled the matter. Hence the stern declaration on the cover - and the price list - that the patents and the name belong this firm. Both cover and price list include their 1873 Vienna exposition medal and a slip added to the price list announces a price rise in August 1872 - 10% will be added to the prices here.
Maybe once a week for years and years - this was a long time ago when I kept shop with open doors in Sydney - an unappealing man would come in and ask if we had a 19th century Minton tile catalogue. When I said no, he said, "I do." I think he had some job that would be unspeakably dull but that it allowed him to tour the bookshops of greater Sydney assuring everyone he had a Minton tile catalogue. The last time I went to a Sydney book fair there he was, asking the same question with such anticipation that he barely paused for the answer before his inevitable boast. I don't remember his name, I don't know if he's still alive and I have no wish to see him ever again but still, still, I would like to say, "Why yes, yes I do."

 


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Akashi Seiichi. 婦人生ひ立ち双六 [Fujin Nama Hi Tate Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1918 (Taisho 7). Colour broadside 78x54cm. A used copy with some browning, small holes in folds and a name in ink on the back. An acceptable copy. Au$125

A fortunate life for a girl from cradle to bride. She must have opened her mouth and said something during these years but as she is well brought up we never see her lips move.


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CLEATOR, P.E. Rockets Through Space or The Dawn of Interplanetary Travel. London, Allen & Unwin 1936. Octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; 246pp, 22 plates, 21 ills through the text. A bit browning to edges and endpapers, rather good in a mildly used dustwrapper. Au$650

First edition and hard to find in dustwrapper; harder in such good shape. The first British book on astronautics and often called the first authoritive work to be written in English, which allowing for some qualifications is not totally untrue. Cleator was the founder of the British Interplanetary Society which, faced with a government hostile to any experimentation - practising rocketeers were charged under the 1875 Explosives Act - saw their role as promulgators and educators.


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SCOTT, G. Firth. The Last Lemurian. A Westralian romance. London, Bowden 1898. Octavo publisher's illustrated blocked in colour; three plates by Stanley L. Wood. Small flaws: inner back hinge cracked but firm; edges spotted and a scattering inside here and there. A rather good bright copy. Au$850

First edition of this west Australian lost race thriller. Who can divine the springs of chance and fate? If our disgruntled hero hadn't set off west at that moment he wouldn't have met the tall bushman and if the bushman hadn't learnt some black jabber he wouldn't have heard the story of the country ruled by a giant yellow woman where boulders of gold lie about the place. An author can divine these springs and a good author doesn't carry on about it but gets on with the story.


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EYLMANN, Erhard. Die Eingeborenen der Kolonie Sudaustralien. Berlin, Reimer 1908. Quarto publisher's half morocco (rubbed, surface scraping of the mottled paper sides; all solid); 36 plates after drawings by Eylmann (a few colour) and photos, folding table and folding map. A suggestion of browning here and there; a pretty good copy.
Baldwin Spencer's copy with his unmistakeable initials and a couple of pencil annotations. Au$850

After reading a paper by Francesca Merlan* that directly compares the work of Eylmann with Baldwin Spencer and Gillen - working in much the same area at much the same time - I'm convinced that I'd rather read Eylmann if this is ever translated into English. Eylmann made friends with Gillen in 1896 but never met Spencer who was, according to Merlan, concerned that Eylmann "might get in his way". Apparently Gillen just lied, telling Spencer that Eylmann wasn't interested in anthropology. This book must have been something of a give away but by1908 Gillen probably didn't care.
*The Australianist work of Erhard Eylmann in comparative perspective in German Ethnography in Australia; 2017.


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MESTON, Archibald. Report on the Aboriginals of Queensland. Brisbane, Govt printer 1896. Foolscap, disbound; 18pp. Small piece from the gutter of the first leaf at the bottom. Au$200

There might well be someone who had a good word for Meston since his obituaries in 1924. I wonder who they are. There is a mountain of stuff written in recent years about Meston, about this fact finding journey to Cape York and the islands, about the ensuing Aboriginal Protection Act and a job as Protector, about the mass of artifacts he gathered on the trip and sold to the Queensland Museum, about his earlier career as a would be Buffalo Bill of Queensland Aboriginals and the troupe he abandoned in Melbourne when the money ran out ... on and on it goes. And the kindest thing said about him I can find is that he had some good intentions.


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Chinese in Australia. Chinese Immigration (Correspondence and Proceedings of Conference Respecting). Brisbane, Govt Printer 1888. Foolscap, disbound; 31pp. Au$375

Queensland's record of the intercolonial conference on the Chinese Question. The Chinese Question - ie how do we get rid of them? - brought the colonies together as few other problems ever could. Gathered here is a useful compilation of official and unofficial correspondence from all the colonies, including letters and petitions from Chinese residents in Australia and news from America about their new treaty with China. The colonies had to find their way round directions from London where measures such as the poll tax were seen as a threat to Chinese-British relations. The result was The Chinese Immigration Restriction Act of 1888.
One point that maybe deserves more attention is that much of the current proud tradition of strict quarantine in Australia comes from the first 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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MANSON, Marsden. The Yellow Peril in Action. A possible chapter in history. Privately published, San Francisco, January 2 1907. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp (including two blank leaves at the end), folding map. Au$125

A salutary piece of yellow peril literature, this is the history of the war between the USA and China - with help from Japan - in 1910. I can tell you now it didn't end well for America.
Manson was the San Francisco City Engineer during the immediate post earthquake years and some of his predilection for technical detail has crept in here. This understandable desire to reinforce polemic with fact is the mark of the amateur and usually the reason why such tales are forgotten but Manson hasn't tried to disguise his aim with fiction: a fair bit is straightforward xenophobic agitprop.
I wonder how much the cataclysm of the San Francisco earthquake and fire had to do with this but I find no direct mention. It's odd that it went to press so soon after the quake - Manson's preface is dated December 1906 - without a word. Did Manson think the shock of the quake was a good prompt for a battered public to take notice of an even greater threat? Certainly there was a movement to push the Chinese out of central San Francisco as rebuilding began. Was this a misguided bit of timing that guaranteed his book would be ignored?


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[LANE, William]. The Workingman's Paradise: an Australian Labour Novel. By John Miller. Sydney, printed by Edwards Dunlop for the Worker Board of Trustees 1892. Octavo publisher's red cloth blocked in blind. Title browned by the endpaper as usual; there was no half title or blank between them. A rather good copy. Au$850

First edition of this influental if fairly impenetrable socialist anarchist novel by the Messiah of the working class. The 1948 edition was on the shelf of every thoughtful Australian in the second half of the 20th century but I've only ever met one person who insisted he read the whole thing. He made many improbable claims.
I think an earlier generation were more thorough: copies of this in good shape have always been hard to find. Lane's preface admits that it's a bit of an unresolved mess but those who want a happy end - like his wife - and those who want Nellie dead of a broken heart - like an unnamed friend - will have to wait for the next book. I dozed off so I'm not sure when the action switched from Nellie to Ned alone and don't know where we left her.


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MAKOWER, Walter. The Radioactive Substances, their properties and behaviour. London, Kegan Paul 1908. Octavo publisher's red cloth; xii,301pp and publisher's list, 34 illustrations and diagrams. An excellent, bright copy. International Scientific Series XCII. Au$135

First edition. Makower started as a chemist but moved to physics studying under Thomson at Cambridge. He went on to work with Rutherford in 1906 and later collaborated with Moseley and Geiger.


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TROLLOPE, Anthony. Barchester Towers. London, Longman &c 1857. Three volumes octavo contemporary half gilt calf. A scattering of mild spots or browning here and there but rather good and handsome. Neat inscription on the first title: Bettington Libry 59, and Bettington on the other two titles. Au$2750

First edition with the desirable issue point. A colonial aristocracy copy I'd say. The James Brindley Bettington dynasty (there were dozens of them, one after the other - if one died in infancy the next boy born got the name) was most definitely colonial aristocracy and Oatlands House stayed in the family from the late 1830s until 1926 when the house was emptied. Which fits well with the Angus & Robertson stamp on a front fly and the hefty price of five guineas.


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Mineda Hiroshi. 世界新式乗物双六 [Sekai Shingata Norimono Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Kodansha 1926 (Taisho 15). Colour broadside, 55x79. Mildly used, a short tear repaired and a nick in the bottom margin; pretty good. Au$350

In this new year gift game the kids already have the glazed faces of over privileged world travellers. The only time they show excitement is when defying death by riding on top of an electric train.


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Yamada Takanori. 少年野球双六 [Shonen Yakyu Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shonen Sekai 1921 (Taisho 10). Colour broadside 55x79cm. Used, a bit rumpled and browned with some short tears and a small chip in the margin. This is - some mitigation - an untrimmed copy with ample margins and trim marks in the top margin. Not bad. Au$500

An early and rare baseball sugoroku, this was the new year gift from the boys' magazine Shonen Sekai. Baseball has cameos in earlier games but I haven't yet found an earlier sugoroku devoted to it.


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Niizeki Kennosuke (?) 冒険漫画宝島探険双六 [Boken Manga Takarajima Tanken Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shogakukan 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 54x78cm. A bit used: rumpled with some short tears in folds. Not bad. Au$325

This exciting adventure with the natives, giant apes and tigers of a coral island was the new year gift from the Shogaku magazine for third graders. An exemplary lesson as to why every eight year old should be issued a service revolver before they leave the house.


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BOOTHBY, Guy. Love Made Manifest. London, Ward Lock [1899]. Octavo publisher's decorated blue cloth blocked in gilt. Endpapers a bit browned as usual, a pleasing bright copy. Au$125

First edition. From Apia to Sydney to Belgrave Square our hero wins his way to fame and fortune only to find a peril worse than any of Boothby's opium addled Asiatic fiends lying in wait for him.


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SHIEL, M.P. The Dragon. London, Grant Richards 1913. Octavo publisher's illustrated ochre cloth blocked in red and black. A couple of spots; a particularly good copy. Au$650

First edition.


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HASKOLL, W. Davis. Railway Construction, Second Series. Also Railways in the East, and generally in high thermometrical regions. London, Atchley 1864. Two volumes quarto, publishers blindstamped cloth (one spine repaired); iv,201pp, 91 plates (most folding). Some spotting but quite a good copy. Au$650

Despite the misleading title this is a re-issue of Railways in the East - published the year before - with a new title page. Why it was re-issued this way is puzzling.
Essential for the engineer in Asia Minor, Haskoll's earlier work Railway Construction laid out the principles and Railways in the East applies the lessons. With chapters on labour and materials, a chapter specific to Turkey, tunnels, bridges, stations, docks and jetties, rolling stock, masonry ... illustrated with working drawings of executed works.


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Kagawa Genteki [or Gen'yu or Shikei] & Kagawa Genetsu. 産論翼 [San Ron Yoku or Sanron Yoku depending on the transcriber]. Tokyo, Osaka &c Heian Saiseikan &c 1775 (An'ei 4). Two volumes* 260x178mm, wrappers with title labels and added manuscript; 32 more or less full page woodcut illustrations. Covers dusty, a small stain to the top edge at the very end and a mild patch of stain or discolouration on three leaves of illustrations. Signs of use but a pretty good copy. The owner's signature and seal reads Yazawa I'm told.
*Plus - a bonus - another two volumes sold and bought as Sanron Yoku but which turn out to be volume two - with the illustrations - of Sanron Yoku and volume one of the original Sanron. By the same publishers at the same time. So we have two sets of the illustrations and one and a half times the text of the one along with half the text of the other. A most handy thing, I think. Au$900

First edition. According to the experts, Japanese obstetrics has a definite birthdate. In 1765 Kagawa Genetsu published Sanron, the first Japanese book on obstetrics and in 1775 his pupil Kagawa Genteki followed up Sanron Yoku - a revision and supplement to the Sanron which includes case histories and, more important to me, pictures. The Sanron was not illustrated.
This is a bridge between traditional and modern - western influenced - medicine. Kagawa the younger disavowed the more terrifying of his master's tools and introduced new techniques based on European methods. This work was the basis of obstetrics until way into the 19th century. The captivating woodcuts are of gracefully formed, raven haired babies-to-be that can only be Japanese.


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Kingsford Smith. Van DIJK, Evert. Over den Oceaan Onze Oost-West Vlucht Europa-Amerika. Amsterdam, Scheltens & Giltay 1930. Octavo publishers cloth; photo illustrations. Signs of use, the usual browning of the paper. A decent second hand copy. Au$50

Only edition? The account of the 1930 Kingsford Smith trans-Atlantic flight by his his co-pilot.


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