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BARING-GOULD, Sabine. The Book of Were-Wolves: being an account of a terrible superstition. London, Smith Elder 1865. Octavo publisher's gilt decorated cloth; frontispiece. Mild signs of use, inner front hinge splitting; a rather good copy. Au$850

First edition in remarkably good shape of the must have werewolf book.


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Minamimura Takashi. 自動たいほ器 [Jido Taiho-ki]. Original illustration for a double page spread in Shonen magazine. n.p. [195-?] Pair of illustrations in ink and gouache on card, each 32x22cm. Tape marks on the backs. Au$500

Minamimura is best known for his outer space and apocalyptic monster and alien illustrations but it's clear he could work happily with any new wizzbang invention. And what could be better than this FBI automatic crook catcher for banks? How many bank robbers would it catch before they started looking at the counter skirting and standing a foot or two to the right?


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THOMSON, Sir William, Baron Kelvin. Mathematical and Physical Papers. Collected from various scientific periodicals from May, 1841, to the present time. Cambridge Univ Press 1882 - 1911. Six volumes octavo publisher's green cloth. An excellent, bright set. Au$1850

Thomson saw the first three volumes through the press and included supplementary articles written for that third volume. Then there was a twenty year gap till volume four (in which, of course, the subtitle has been dropped) when Joseph Larmor took over, arranging and annotating the remaining papers.


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Chinese in Australia. Chinese Question: Correspondence, and Report of Conference Held at Sydney, June, 1888. [Hobart] Govt Printer, 1888. Foolscap, modern plain wrapper; 39pp. Au$450

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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KRASNOV, Pyotr Nikolayevich, Oki Atsuo & Onchi Koshiro. 双頭の鷲より赤旗へ [Soto no Washi Yori Akahata e]. Tokyo, Ars 1930. Octavo publisher's printed cloth in white, yellow, red and black; printed card slipcase; title page printed in red and black. A bit of wear to the case, a touch of browning or dustiness to the book. Neat owner's name on box and back endpaper. A rather good copy. Au$400

First and probably only edition - and near impossible to find in decent condition - of volume one of Krasnov's virulent anti-communist novel, published in English in two volumes as From Double Eagle to Red Flag. Volume two in Japanese apparently never made it to print.
A splendid bit of book design by Onchi Koshiro and a curious convergence of over sized personalities. Krasnov was the commander of the Russian army who carried his fight against the Bolsheviks to Europe and cozied up with the Nazis. He surrendered to the British with the promise he wouldn't be turned over to the Soviets. He was and was executed in 1947. The translator, Oki Atsuo, was a decidedly nationalist poet whose military songs and verses won awards during the war and seemingly worked against him afterwards. He ended up writing school songs.
If artist, printmaker and designer, Onchi, had any politics they haven't been translated into English. He was at the head of modern Japanese art from the teens pretty much up until his death in 1955. Still he has managed to create what could be taken as a strident fascist emblem until we look at the box where that Soviet flag looks almost heroic behind those bars.
Onchi designed a few books for Ars between 1919 and 1934 and given house styles for their art titles - from drab to downright ugly - I wonder why they hired him in the first place and then why they didn't use him a lot more.
Note how Onchi used the as yet unset modernisation of reading and writing. The title reads left to right on the box and on the title it reads left to right on the black band and reverses on the red band.


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SWIFT, Benjamin [ie William Romaine Paterson]. The Tormentor. London, Fisher Unwin 1897. Octavo publisher's cloth. A rather good copy. Au$125

First edition of this mildly disappointing tragic thriller. Disappointing for fans of traditional crime thrillers fooled by the title and chapter headings. But we are given poison and death and any book that received reviews like, "Its story is unwholesome and its style deplorable. One hates to receive such a book for review, for it is filled with darkness, meanness and crime," can't be without value.


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ROBERTSON, Constance [ed]. Ink No.1. 1932 [all published]. Sydney, Society of Women Writers 1932. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper; 96,xxiv(advert)pp, numerous illustrations. Minor signs of use. Au$125

Contributions by Mary Gilmore, Ethel Turner, Dulcie Deamer, Katherine Susanna Prichard, &c; illustrations by Thea Proctor, Margaret Preston, Pixie O'Harris, May Gibbs, &c, as well as some men. An Ink No.2 was published in the seventies but is not really the same thing.


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Catalogue - wallpaper. Clarkson Ltd, Adelaide. Wallpaper [cover title] ... presented with the compliments of Clarkson Limited, Wallpaper Merchants ... Adelaide, Clarkson [1936?] (London printed for Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd). Quarto publisher's decorated card wrapper with mounted sample, spiral wire binding; 56pp and 13 wallpaper samples, colour and photo illustrations. A bit bumped and knocked but quite decent. Au$290

An Australian agent's sample book with coloured illustrations of suggestions and ideas and some sample papers, including ceiling papers. Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd consisted of almost every British company. A few of them - like Sanderson, included here - kept their own identity.
Clarkson were paint makers in an earlier incarnation but by the twenties had expanded into all things decorative. A scattering of varied catalogues and sample books - only one other wallpaper book, from 1939 - can be found in Australian libraries but I couldn't find this. There is a copy in the Hocken Library, presumably for the New Zealand agents.


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Catalogue - wallpaper. Alexander, Fergusson Pty Ltd, Melbourne. AF Wallpapers for 1956-57 from Melbourne's Centre of Decoration [cover title]. Melbourne, Alexander, Fergusson 1956. 25x43cm, cloth covered screw binder titled on the front; 244 of 250 samples, being 144 of 150 papers and all 100 borders. Price list for July 1956 pasted inside the back cover. Usually it's borders torn out of these sample books; the neat removal of the papers might suggest they were out of stock. Au$575

A substantial mid-century merchant's book - ie Alexander Fergusson did not make wallpaper, they sold imported paper. Almost no-one made wallpaper in Australia. A lot of the stuff in this book is unchanged since the twenties and thirties but the fifties do make a bright and cheerful appearance.
HHT has two copies of the 1952-53 book, one complete, I can't find any others anywhere.


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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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Catalogue - spectacles etc. Societe des Lunetiers, Paris. Societe des Lunetiers. The company [192-?]. Cloth screw binder 28x20cm; 350pp, illustrated throughout. A nice copy. Au$325

An exemplary catalogue of everything for improved vision and those in the trade. Spectacles, goggles, lens of all kinds, and all the bits and pieces for ophthalmologists and optomerists.
The Societe was a conglomerate that began as co-operative in the mid 19th century and set out to conquer the optical world. They are still doing so under some forgettable name. There is no mention here of their radical new Stigmal lens which dates this before 1927.


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Catalogue - Pharmaceuticals. Weeks & Potter, Boston. Revised Catalogue of Foreign and Domestic Drugs, selected powders, fine essential oils, waters and extracts ... wines and liquors, proprietry medicines, druggists shop furniture ... sundries and surgical appliances, sponges, fancy goods, and toilet articles. Boston 1890. Octavo publisher's limp cloth, the front titled in black (spine browned and a bit rubbed); 468,130pp, profusely illustrated with wood engravings and a handsome full page colour lithograph of a bottle of their Beef, Iron and Wine. Used but solid and very decent. The second section consists of advertisements. Au$300

The advertisements include a warning by Dr S.A. Richmond of Tuscola, Illinois, against fraudulent companies selling bogus versions of his justly celebrated Samaritan Nervine. He prints the text of a judgment against such a company and invites the many thousands of those he has saved from epilepsy, insanity and death to join him "lashing these ignorant, impotent, piratical scoundrels through the earth with a whip of scorpions."


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Catalogue - Photo albums. Seiundo Co. Tokyo. Catalogue of Album. Tokyo [193-?]. 16x10.5cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper with metal pin; 18 leaves printed one side, b/w photo illustrations. Au$50

A neat little catalogue of photo and other albums in a varitey of styles, available in different sizes. Japan was by the thirties camera crazy as well having a large population of avid ephemera collectors. A good time to be in the album business.


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Catalogue - magic. Bernard's, Melbourne. Bernard's Quality Magic. Melbourne, [c1940?]. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper; 40pp, illustrated throughout. An old fold, a couple of small splodges, quite good. Au$150

Bernard's opened in 1937 and vanished only recently. This, as far as I can see, seems to be their only catalogue.


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Catalogue - home cinema. Pathescope, Sydney. The Pathescope General Catalogue 1931 [with] Pathescope Home Cinema Film Catalogue. [London] 1931 & Sydney [1931?]. Octavo publisher's colour illustrated wrapper (worn with some insect nibbles); 18pp & 16pp self wrapper. The English printed list has illustrations of the projector and accessories, and a three page Australian price list pasted inside the back cover. All somewhat rumpled and used, a few short tears, and completely acceptable. Au$125

The genesis of home cinema. Pathe developed their first home film projector in 1911 and by 1931 were pretty much out of the game. Kodak put paid to them with 16mm film in the mid twenties in the US and the European home film business was sold in 1929 and died altogether in 1934. The Sydney list urges customers to join the film exchange library and I suspect such libraries lingered on a while after Pathescope itself was gone. I can't find any Pathescope catalogues in Trove or OCLC, am I looking in the wrong place?


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LANGE, Otto. Dekorationsmalereien fur das Burgerhaus. Stuttgart, Julius Hoffmann [1907?]. Folio 49x33cm, loose as issued in publisher's portfolio, decorated boards, printed label, (cloth spine detaching but lining and hinges firm enough); title and 24 chromolithograph plates printed by the firm Emil Hochdanz of Stuttgart. Title with some creasing round the very edges, two plates with insignificant crease in one corner. Au$750

A handsome pattern book of modern painted interiors by the young designer, later expressionist painter and printmaker. Maybe this is all a bit tasteful but it is quite smart. If Lange has stuck to handsome tasteful interiors, perhaps gone a bit more Bavarian folk art, he might not have lost his professorship in textile design come 1933 and ended up in the Degenerate Art bin.


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Asylums. Report from the Committee on Madhouses in England. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 11 July 1815. Folio modern cloth backed boards with printed label; 214pp and eight plates (six double page), a full page plan in the text. A couple of spots but a nice copy, the top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Au$1200

This consists of the report, the minutes of evidence, divided into four reports, and appendices. The plates are plans, elevations and sections for intended asylums, including a panopticon plan, by the architect James Bevans, and of the new Bethlem Hospital.
Bevans was scathing about the faults of Bethlem in the first report (as was the committee on such basic stuff as no glass in what windows there were and no heating) but the Superintendent of Works at Bethlem, Richard Upton, responded to the criticisms in the fourth report.
Altogether a horrifying document but it galvanised the movement for reform and marked an important step in the new acts regulating the treatment of the insane. As the writer in the 'Eclectic Review' of 1816 wrote: "we feel convinced that much and lasting good will be conferred upon the community by the recent labours of the House of Commons to improve the condition of Madhouses in England."


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Toy book. The Hearty Old Boy Who Looked Always the Same. London, Dean & Son [c1865-70]. 25x17cm colour illustrated boards; advertisement front endpapers and eight leaves, the last mounted inside the back cover, each with a handcoloured wood engraving and verse. A head made of some composition with tiny glass eyes is mounted inside the back board and a hole cut through all pages and the front cover. Inner lining and stitching somewhat loose but holding well enough. Quite a good copy. Au$1200

This grotesque bit of gimmickry must have been less disturbing when new. Maybe. Two companion titles are listed on the front cover but I don't think these things took off in any big way. All are rare. I've found a couple of images of one title and they don't look any less worrying than this. I've found no images of another copy of this or the third title.
This charts the progress of ploughman Jackey Hodge to Sir John Hodge, mayor of the town. Why he started life a Hearty Old Boy is beyond me.


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HALSEMA, Ary. Doko. De avonturen van een kleine Moorsche jongen. Amsterdam, J.C. Dorlas [1932?]. Largish quarto publisher's illustrated boards (minor marks & wear); 32pp illustrated throughout by Halsema with alternating double page openings in colour or b/w. A few signs of use; a rather good copy. Au$300

A charming and stylish bit of casual racism run up to advertise Dorlas coffee. Definitely under represented in the world's libraries: Worldcat finds one copy outside the Netherlands (Chicago) and not many inside.


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Kakumoto Jazz Song. Album of labels all advertising Kakumoto. n.p. 1929-30. 18x26cm album with grained paper wrapper; 147 labels - many metallic ink on glazed paper - on both sides of eight leaves and another five blank leaves. Au$975

I bought this as the most unusual and chic album of match labels I've seen but I'm not sure now what these are. There are a squillion albums of Japanese match labels and many of them are interesting in some way or another but this one stands alone.
These labels were all produced for what I first took to be a nightclub, bar, or cafe where jazz ruled. Now I wonder whether it was predominantly a cinema. Most labels centre on Kobe where jazz took root in Japan in the twenties but some mention Tokyo and the eight part labels with the line of dancing girls is dated September 1929 and presumably advertises a particular show related to the movie and or song Pale Rose - a hit of 1929.
Jazz, booze, cinema, girls ... what could be more up to date? The big puzzle for me is that I can't find anything about Kakumoto Jazz Song, or vice versa. How can anything so smart, so thoroughly modern, be so forgotten? There is a growing heap of stuff about modernism, modernity and licentious behavior in pre-war Japan so where is Kakumoto amongst all this?
The first label in the album is a menu - called Jazz Song Program ("Jiazu Song Purogramu ... Kobe") - of sixteen labels - those that are sketches and come in variations of colour and paper. These seem to be all names of films.
I guess it's possible some avid fan set out to own every Kakumoto label in every colour but it's more likely this is the house compilation.


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KENDRICK, John B. History of the Wallingford Disaster. Hartford, Case Lockwood & Brainard 1878. Slender octavo publisher's brown cloth titled in gilt on the front; 76 pages and eight fabulous wood engraved plates. 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.


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Game. Melbourne Cup Race Game. n.p. n.d. [190-?]. Board game, 21x42cm open, 21x21cm closed. Printed label on the front. A bit used, pretty good. sold

The National Library has a copy of this. I can't find another anywhere.


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Sugoroku. 家庭教育世界一周すごろく [Katei Kyoiku Sekai Isshu Sugoroku]. Osaka Mainichi Shinbun, 1926 (Taisho 15). Colour printed broadside 109x80cm. Rumpled with some short tears repaired; used but not bad for a particularly large and vulnerable sugoroku. Au$350

You must have a smarter brain than me. I'm sure you do. 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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Aviation Sugoroku. 訪欧大飛行記念飛行双六 Ho-o Daihiko Kinen Hiko Sugoroku. Osaka, Asahi Shimbun 1925 (Taisho 14). Broadside 54x79cm; printed in colour. Some expected browning, small holes in a fold; pretty good. With two small planes in the bottom margin which could be cut out for playing pieces. Why only two? Au$350

A sugoroku - racing game - celebrating the first Japanese flight to Europe by four aviators in two planes in 1925. We start in Tokyo and follow the aviators across Russia, zigzag around Europe and finish in Rome. This was issued as a treat by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun who sponsored the flight.


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Aviation game. Verkade's Melbourne Race Spel. Zaandam, Verkade's Fabrieken [1934]. 43x62cm printed both sides on paper, the colour race game on one side, monochrome promotional material with a couple of illustrations on the other. Folded as issued, and a bit more. A little rumpled, pretty good. With the printed playing pieces - three trios of planes ready to be cut out - down the right margin. Au$225

A racing game following a fanciful path of the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race from Mildenhall to Melbourne. The heroes here are the biscuit maker sponsored Dutch team who won on handicap.


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Sunday Chewing Gum. サンデーチウィンガム [Sande Chiuingamu]. Yamazaki Seika Kenkyujo [193-?]. Colour lithograph poster 56x19cm. Some minor creasing and natural browning of the paper, rather good with the original metal strips and loop. Au$150

A shop poster for Sunday Chewing Gam (sic) against an unexpected wintery background. I guess chewing gum really has no season.


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Wada Sanzo. 色名総鑑 (増訂版) [Shikimei Sokan (Zoteiban)]. Tokyo, Hakubisha 1935 (Showa 10). 19x11mm publisher's cloth case with 171 mounted colour samples on 57 accordian folding leaves and card bound book; 182,8pp and a folding table. Colour samples named in Japanese, English and occasionally French or German; table of multi language lists of colour names. A little browning, an outstanding copy in printed card folding case. And a further 36 page supplementary booklet I've not seen with this work before. Au$500

Second edition, enlarged and revised, of Wada's first serious attempt at colour nomenclature published in 1931. I can tell you there are a few more pages and eleven more colour chips in this edition but not what changes and revisions there are.
Wada, though at the top of the art ladder in Japan, insisted on pursuing new directions and founded the Japan Standard Color Association - now the Japan Color Research Institute - in 1927. In these early years science, art and aesthetics went hand in hand. Yet another significant book missed by the peurile Osborne 'Books on Colour Since 1500'.


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Wada Sanzo. 色彩配合板 [Shikisai Haigo-ban]. Tokyo &c [193-?]. 250x175mm, publisher's colour illustrated boards which open to three panels: one with explanatory text; a framed panel with eight colour strips which holds eight separate coloured cellophane(?) filters in card frames; and a rotating volvelle with cellophane colour filters. The three panels separated, a couple of cellophane pieces cracked. A definitely used copy but a complete copy. Au$150

A nifty device for blending colours. Wada is coupled here with the British Colour Council - both names appear. Wada founded the Japan Standard Color Association - now the Japan Color Research Institute - in 1927, before the BCC existed and the relationship may be known to some Japanese researcher but I can't find out anything. Nor can I find any record of this.


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Ueda Chikuo. 手風琴獨案内流行歌曲集 [Tefukin Hitoriannai Ryuko Kakyokushu]. Tokyo or Osaka? 1897 (Meiji 30). 14x22cm publisher's colour illustrated wrappers; 70pp. Certainly used but an acceptable copy. Au$50

Third or fourth edition I think, all dated the same year. The innocent children of Japan are introduced to the accordian, harmonica, flute and blow accordian. A lot of songs notated with numbers.
The book opens right to left which may be modern enough but the title reads right to left on the cover and left to right on the title page. Song titles seem to read right to left but I got confused long before I got to the music.
There was an almost identically titled book from the same stable a couple of years earlier. What the difference is I can't say. I found no copies of either outside Japan.


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SPRENT, James & William Hogan. This Map of Tasmania in 1859, ... is dedicated to his excellency and the parliament by James Sprent, Surveyor General. Hobart Town, Walch &c, 1859. Engraved map, coloured, diced and mounted on linen, 170x120cm folding into original gilt titled morocco binding 29.5x22.5cm (scuffed and spine torn at the top). Small holes in the margins showing this map was at some time hung on a wall. Routes marked in ink. Pretty good for a map meant to be either hung on the wall or laid out on the floor and crawled over. Au$11,000

The grande-deluxe edition of Tasmanian maps and the first accurate survey. Is there a bigger c19th map of the place? Another version with the same title is less than half the size of this. A recent Surveyor General, Peter Murphy, wrote of Sprent and this map with near religious awe (James Sprent and the Trigonometrical Survey of Tasmania; 2010). It is an astounding achievement in the face of physical and technical challenges. Even more astonishing is that it survived the indifference and antagonism of both government and bureaucracy.
Some adventurer has marked in ink a couple of apparent journeys, one merely between Hobart and Launceston, a short trip from Deloraine to the top of The Great Lake and a more serious trip from Brighton up through the centre to the western shores of The Great Lake and then winding west, skirting the north end of Lake St Clair, to Queenstown. This is a route you couldn't follow now without a boat or wetsuit.
I think this is also a deluxe issue of this map. The Walch morocco case with gilt patterned lining paper, gilt dentelles and so on, was not standard.


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Advertising - Lotus Margarine. Lotus Margarine. Fine de Table. Recettes de Cuisine. Lotus [192-?]. 21x11cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; 32pp, b/w illustrations and decorations throughout. Cover (and inside?) by Duzolle. Au$85

A nifty little book, packed with style and cordon bleu recipes.


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FIELDING, Henry. The Modern Husband. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. London, for J.Watts 1732. Octavo later gilt calf (spine darkened). Some browning, a good, fresh copy, complete with the publisher's list at the end. Au$475

First edition. A 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. This binding isn't signed but looks Riviere.
The Modern Husband was so thoroughly modern that it took a brave company to perform it and they were hissed on the first night. That a man could sell his wife to pay his gambling debts and then sue his customer for not paying enough was no surprise to London audiences but many did not want to see it dissected on stage. Enough did though and it had a respectable run. Fielding "began to think it was a good play till the Grub-street Journal assur'd me it was not."


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Russian ship. Putyatin. A Bunkindo woodcut of a supposedly Russian ship. Nagasaki, Bunkindo 1853? Coloured (by stencil or hand?) woodcut on brown paper, 25x37cm. Minor rumpling. Au$475

This presumably is one of Putyatin's ships that arrived in Nagasaki in August 1853 in attempt to match any treaty Perry managed to force on Japan. Like most of these hurried prints produced to capitalise on such dramatic occurrences old, sometimes ancient, woodcuts were dusted off and reworked. In this case it's clear that a Dutch ship has been rebranded Russian. Russian enough: there are still Dutch flags flying. This saved a lot of mucking about, sending an artist down to draw each ship. Few customers would ever see the actual boat.
The British Museum has a more expected Nagasaki print which I swear is from the same block, with text and a crude added vignette. That text labels it a Dutch ship - "Hollandsche Schip" even though flags have been made Russian. I'd guess the block cutter couldn't read that bit and left it alone.
I've yet to find the original - still all Dutch - print and I'm not sure it matters. It was likely adapted from another print anyway. The grandfather of this print, as far as I'm aware, is the print of the Dutch ship Shellach from 1782 and Bunkindo published 'Hollandsche Schip' prints galore drawn from that Shellach print. There is no text but Bunkindo's seal, lower left.
Bunkindo were prolific publishers of Nagasaki prints of things foreign from the late 18th century into the 1850s. I wonder whether the band on deck playing large twirling horns was an improvement introduced for Koops' arrival in 1844 when Bunkindo went to town with prints showing the visiting band's French horns.
I also wonder if the paper here as been dyed with persimmon juice, it's certainly persimmon colour. Books expected to be used a lot - like a lending library - were often dipped in persimmon juice to strengthen the edges of the paper but I've never seen another c19th print on brown paper like this. My guess is that Bunkindo were looking for ways to brighten up a well thrashed image. This is not a beautiful print. It's no triumph of Japanese craftsmanship but it is an intriguing example of the souvenir industry that thrived in Nagasaki on visiting Japanese tourists.


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Hikifuda. 新村商店 ... 下諏訪木之下 ... 和洋織物商 ... [Niimura Shoten ... Shimosuwa Kinoshita ... Wayo Orimonosho ...]. n.p. [1900]. Colour woodcut 26x38cm. Minor stain, really only noticeable in the bottom margin. Au$250

This smart hikifuda - large handbill or small poster - advertises, I think, the Shimosuwa department store Niimura Shoten where they sell Japanese and western textiles.
Shimosuwa is a town in Nagano, east of Tokyo. There are Niimura department stores still in a few towns around Japan but I suspect that it is a common name; it translates more or less as 'New Town'.
This is also a tribute to modern transport and a helpful train (and ferry?) timetable for 1900 is provided.


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Album of specimen wine labels titled on the cover: 'Album G - Enveloppes Sachets Etiquettes-Dennison' with the initials G.M.C. under a coat of arms. n.p. [190-?]. Folio cloth backed silk paper album album, 36x25cm, titled in silver and black (covers shabby but strong); some 180 chromolitho and colour printed labels mounted on card leaves, 26 pages including the inside covers. Used and rightly so. Au$475

This album was not, or at least this copy was not, sent to customers. This is a shop working album. Specimens have been crammed in, some have been removed and others pasted over. The labels have serial numbers but no particular order, a few European languages are used and wines from France to Greece are included. Most are generic and many unlettered. There are, as well, a few labels for things like oils and soaps.
G.M.C. remains undeciphered by me. Though titled in French my guess is that G.M.C. are Belgian printers, this is aimed more at German wine makers and merchants than anyone else and that the name is some variation of Moor: Mohr, Moer, etc.
A pleasing gathering of florid fin de siecle commercial art with some smart nouveau and jugendstijl design and the never stale sumptuous gold on glazed midnight blue.


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Ikeda Eisen [aka Keisei Eisen]. 新版江戸花呉服屋大雙六 [Shinpan Edo no Hana Gofukuya Sugoroku] [Tokyo], Yamashiroya Matabe [1820 - 1850?]. Woodblock print 67x46cm, printed in black, blue and pink; folded. Smudges and soiling, a couple of small chips from the top edge. A pretty decent copy. Au$1250

Another lesson, if we need it, that the Japanese had connected and mastered the important stuff of life long before the rest of us: advertising, fun and shopping. In this sugoroku - a racing game - Eisen takes us through the most prestigious dry goods stores and drapers - ie high fashion - of Edo (Tokyo) until we reach Ebisu and Daikokuten - gods, respectively, of merchants and wealth. In other words, who isn't this game for? Every working Edo inhabitant with a speck of ambition will want a place among the great merchants, rubbing shoulders with such gods while their wealthy patrons have confirmed that their shopping habits are blessed by the gods.
The titans of fashionable commerce here include Echigoya (now Mitsukoshi), Shirokiya (which lasted some three hundred years, its ghost is a department store in Honolulu), Iwaki Sotoya, Matsuzakaya (still going), Ebisuya, Daimaru (still going), Shimaya, Sawanoi and Izukura.
Eisen did more than one sugoroku: this, one of more prosaic sights of Edo, one of the Tokaido road, and an elaborate sort of fourth one - the set of courtesan prints which together form a game - are the ones I've traced. I've found two other copies of this shopping adventure, in the UC Berkeley library and in the fabulous sugoroku collection of the Edo Tokyo Museum. They are printed in yellow rather than blue.


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Kimoto Motoo. 新案 明治婦人双六 [Shin'an Meiji Fujin Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1910 (Meiji 43). Colour lithograph 51x79cm. Laid down on paper sometime recently; a closed tear, few small holes, pretty good. Au$150

An aspirational record of the life of the modern Meiji woman. Women do work, as telephonists, as teachers, typesetters, maybe even as a doctor. All can be balanced with a satisfying family life. This was the new year gift from the magazine, Fujin Sekai: Woman's World.


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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 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$550

The new year gift from the boys' magazine Nihon Shonen, this is an heroic, an epic, zeppelin journey around the 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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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 extended that hostility to damn 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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Catalogue - cheese boxes. Joseph Lamy Fils, Bois d'Amont, Jura. Fabrique de Boites en Bois. Specialite de Boites a Fromages. Bois d'Amont, The company [190-?]. Small octavo publisher's printed wrapper with mounted illustrations (a touch faded); [6],42pp, line illustrations throughout. A nice copy. Au$60

Wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes for quarter, half and full cheeses, from Camembert to Gruyere via Roquefort, Munster, Port-Salut ... ; followed by specialty boxes for postage, pharmaceuticals and so on. Lamy Fils may have been way over on the very edge of France but as you can see by their cover they weren't behind the times; they had telephone no.1.


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KOCH, Mathias. Vorschlage zur Erzielung grosserer Sicherung vor Feuersgefahr vorzuglich auf dem Lande durch umfassende Benutzung von chemischen, technischen und anderen zweckdienlichen Hulfsmitteln. Vienna, Hirschfeld 1836. Octavo, later but not recent cloth and boards with the title panel of the wrapper mounted; 78pp and folding frontispiece. An appealing copy with the bookplate and impressive stamp - this on the back of the title - of Franz, Count (later Prince) of Thun and Hohenstein. Au$400

Only edition of this rare critical - often very critical - review of current practice in fire protection and firefighting and proposals for improvements. Koch covers a lot in a fairly short space: building materials; protective gear; insurance. He describes and illustrates a new and cheap pump and promotes an 'artificial water' which seems to be based on lye.


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Modern housing

現代住宅 1933-40. [Gendai Jutaku 1933-40]. Tokyo, Kokusai Kenchiku Kyōkai 1941-42. Four volumes quarto publisher's cloth, dustwrappers and card slipcases (dustwrappers mildly chipped here and there, some damage or pieces from the spines of the card cases); profusely illustrated thought with photos, plans and elevations. Some browning of endpapers and edges; a remarkably good set with three of the extra wrappers showing architects featured in each volume (one of these with repaired tears but pretty much all there). Au$2,500

Second editions, each published separately as needed, and a testament to something that international modernism could still be celebrated so lavishly as war started in earnest. An encyclopedic survey of modernist housing over eight years that can stand proud enough alongside anything coming out of Switzerland, Germany or Italy. I'd say it's no accident the jackets and boxes are lettered to resemble film.
Housing has been generously defined to include apartments and hotels. These buildings are well documented inside and out, garden to furnishings. Captions in English identify the house and architect. Architects include Taniguchi Yoshiro, Tsuchiura Kameki, Sugawara Eizo, Sato Takeo, Horiguchi Sutemi, Maekawa Kunio, and emigres and visitors like Bruno Taut and Antonin Raymond.
A large section of each volume is also give over to exploring the rest of the world, from Shanghai to Los Angeles via Czechoslovakia. Worldcat finds three sets outside Japan and a search of likely architecture libraries added one more.


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PLOYER, Otokar. Views, elevations and plans for the Remislavsky-Stome villa and studio in Prague, along with drawings and plans for a 'California Weekender'. n.p. c1930-35. Eight sheets ranging in size from single sheets 21x33cm to a four fold sheet 34x83cm. These are printed by whatever lithographic process on a heavy parchment paper and coloured by hand. All have Ployer's stamps and are signed in ink. As well there is a typed signed letter, two pages on one sheet, and a photo collage card printed on the back. Together in a contemporary portfolio, 36x28cm, with ribbon ties. Au$185

The client and the house are easy to track. Dancer, choreographer and former National Theatre Ballet Director Remislav Remislavsky and his ballerina wife Irmou Stome opened their purpose built dance school in 1934. He joined the resistance during war and was denounced as bourgeois and his villa seized in 1948 according to one biographer. He lived happily and taught on after the war according to another. The building survives and appears to be home now to a number of companies that don't actually do anything.
The architect not so much. One drawing here has a blindstamp: "Ing. Otokar Ployer Amer. Architekt" and the photo collage card with the lot is Remislavsky's announcement that the school will open in September 1934 and was purpose designed by American architect "Playerem" (sic). On other drawings he is Ing. O. Ployer.
The letter, dated January 1 1936, with the lot explains this group of drawings. He suggests in the letter that his friends might like to build his California weekender. I'd say he added a batch of drawings and plans of the Remislavsky villa - his big project - to impress his prospective clients.
He mentions he is working on the design of an air raid shelter, a useful thing to have in central Europe as the thirties progress, and he filed, from Prague, for a US patent for an air raid shelter in 1939 which was granted in 1945. Elsewhere I find the suggestion that he migrated to Sweden at some stage but in 1947 the firm Ployer Otakar of the same address in Prague advertised in a Rio de Janeiro newspaper for contacts with exporters of machinery, rubber, chemicals, coffee, etc and for importers of glass, synthetic stones and toys. 1948 may well have killed that career and seen him off to Sweden. How and where he is an American architect in all this beats me.
The drawings and the photos of the villa built show that a fair amount of rationalisation took place. A grandiose mansion of no fixed heritage is pruned to a large central European Mediterranean villa and built with not a whole lot more trimming down. His California weekender is ... maybe Spanish mission put into a car compactor.


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HUNT, T.F. [Thomas Frederick]. Half A Dozen Hints on Picturesque Domestic Architecture in a Series of Designs for Gate Lodges, Gamekeeper's Cottages, and other Rural Residences. London, Longman, Hurst 1825. Small folio, uncut in publisher's boards with printed label on the front (rebacked); [32]pp and 12 litho plates. Foxing but an appealing copy of the issue with proofs on India at 21/-, as opposed to 15/- for standard copies. Au$350

First edition of Hunt's first book, very much an essay in picturesque nationalism, with designs for nine buildings.


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HUNT, T.F. [Thomas Frederick]. Designs for Parsonage Houses, Alms Houses, Etc with Examples of Gables, and Other Curious Remains of Old English Architecture. London, Longman, Rees, Orme 1827. Quarto, uncut in publisher's boards with printed title label on the front (rebacked); [8],34pp and 21 litho plates. Some foxing and a mild tide mark at the bottom of a couple of plates, still a pleasing enough copy. The plates, printed by Hullmandel, are on India, mounted, possibly denoting the proof issue. Au$250

The sequel to Hunt's 'Half a Dozen Hints' (1825), still firmly planted in a pure old England unconfounded by the Gothic. He makes the pointed point that his renderings are uncluttered and unsweetened by "factitious" effects. They are as built, not as they might appear with years of ivy, gardens and mellowing. We need look no further than colleague P.F. Robinson for such abject fiddling.


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Exhibition - Okayama 1928. 岡山市主催大日本勧業博覧会場全景 [Okayama-shi Shusai Dai Nihon Kangyo Hakurankai-ba Zenkei]. Okayama City 1928 (Showa 3). Colour broadsheet 36x53cm on heavy paper, folding to 18x11cm brochure. Au$100

A cheerful birds-eye view of the 1928 industrial exhibition held in Okayama and a birds-eye view of the city on the other side. Hatsusaburo it's not but it's not bad.
In case you are wondering, Okayama has not been moved to a small island. Rather it has been given due prominence. That island is all Honshu. Tokyo is that blot just beyond Fuji.
The main exhibition area was on the edge of the city with two smaller satellite areas on opposite sides of town. At first I was surprised by the lack of airplanes swarming the sky but there is a reassuring zeppelin. No celebration of Japanese modernity and progress was complete without something soaring overhead.


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Exhibition - Tokyo 1922. 平和記念東京博覧会案内図 [Heiwa Kinen Tokyo Hakurankai Annaizu]. Tokyo, Okada Gentaro 1922 [Taisho 11]. Colour lithograph 39x55cm. Folded. A short marginal tear; some light furring caused by stacking sheets too soon after printing. This can be easily removed if you can be bothered. Au$150

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 and the seaplane was one of the hits of the exhibition. From the number of Union Jacks waving about I'd guess that procession heading up the avenue held notable British guests.


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[JACSON or JACKSON, Maria Elizabeth]. The Florist's Manual, or, hints for the construction of a gay flower garden. With observations on the best methods of preventing the depredations of insects. London, for Henry Colburn 1816. Octavo, uncut in publisher's boards with title label on the spine; 74,[2 publisher's list]pp, two folding plans for flower gardens. Rear endpaper removed, still a nice copy. Au$165

First edition of Miss Jacson's most successful book; it ran to at least three editions. According to a great-nephew Maria and her sister Frances took up their pens to bail out their feckless cleric brother, Shallcross; Maria with botany and Frances with novels. It took twenty years or more for Shallcross to drink himself to death so they each wrote four or five books between the mid 1790s and the early 1820s. The booklist at the end announces her sister's new novel 'Rhoda'.
A mix of taste manual and practical gardening this is, according to diligent feminist historians, one of the first gardening books for women written by a woman. Miss Jacson deplores both the habit of ladies leaving the layout of their gardens to the taste of their head-gardeners and the fad for American plants "with their names painted on large headed pegs". Such things "will not produce a gay flower-garden". The consensus is that 'Jacson' is the correct spelling. Librarians of the world take note.


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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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Takaku Aigai. 靄厓画譜 [Aigai Gafu - cover title; inside: 晚成山房画譜 - Bansei Sanbo Gafu]. Tokyo, Jokichi Okawa 1880 [Meiji 13]. Two volumes 160x96mm, publisher's wrappers with title labels; double page woodcuts in black and grey. A nice pair. Au$550

First edition of this posthumous pocket painter's manual - say that three times fast - by the now celebrated late Edo Nanga painter. Nanga, or Bunjinga, the ultra refined intellectual painting based on Chinese precepts, was antithetic to print making and while some Japanese manuals were produced it was only in the Meiji that such manuals and albums of earlier masters proliferated. I can't find any record that Takaku published anything himself. But then he died quite young, in 1843, and he had no time to take on the hundreds of students his teacher, Buncho, did.
OCLC finds no copies outside the Diet Library; the British Museum has a copy but that's all I can find.


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Should this be in a collection of Australian fiction?

HILLCOAT, Captain C.H. [Charles Henry]. Ida Hall or a Mystery of the Suez Canal. Glasgow, David Bryce [1896]. Narrow octavo publisher's red cloth (mild signs of use). A bit canted, pretty good. Au$300

Only edition of this uncommon thriller which sees our young Miss Ida Hall of Berkley Square [sic] snatched by slavers from a Port Said hotel. Despite the thousand pound reward posted nothing has been known of her until this account. Fear not, she will be alive and well at the end of the book despite her terrible sufferings. This wasn't Captain Hillcoat's most successful book, his Notes on Stowage went through at least three editions.
Now - at the risk of drawing too long a parochial bow - can we claim some place for this in Australian literature? Captain Hillcoat (Charles Henry Lorenzo Westernra Hillcoat in full) was of a clan of emigres. His immediate family, after time in India, emigrated to America when he was a child while at least one uncle headed for Australia. His sister Cecilia joined the Australian rush in 1866 so the place was soon packed with cousins, nieces and nephews. He certainly sailed Australian waters, as the captain of the Anglo Indian in the eighties and as captain of the Futami Maru in the late nineties. His wife died in Townsville during a voyage, in 1883, and he himself died in Gosford, NSW, in 1902.


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ROSENKRANTZ, Baron Palle. The Magistrate's Own Case. London, Methuen 1908. Octavo publisher's red cloth decorated in gilt (spine a little discoloured); 32pp publisher's list for 1911 at the end - clearly not a fast seller, this book. Prize inscription for spelling on the front fly; quite a good copy. Au$165

First English edition of this thriller which, despite what the sloppy Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction says, is not a translation of Mordet i Vestermarie (1902), Denmark's first detective novel. This particular Danish crime is the murder of an English lord in Germany and the magistrate is German, most cosmopolitan.
Rosenkrantz was maybe Denmark's busiest writer in the early 20th century - he had to support a noble's lifestyle which had already seen him in trouble when he was arrested for misuse of public funds and bankrupted.


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Furuya Korin. 竹づく志 [Take Zukushi]. Kyoto, Unsodo 1906 (Meiji 39). 18x25cm publisher's boards; 50 colour woodcut designs on 25 double leaves, accordian folding. Light signs of use, a rather good copy. Au$1650

Exquisite printing, with metallic inks and dustings of mica, of often exquisite designs by the foremost of neo-Rimpa designers. One of three independent portfolios of designs by Korin each devoted to one plant. This one is bamboo. The others are pines and plums.
Korin, whose name is taken from the original master, started as a gifted but unsurprising designer - prolific and workmanlike in ambition compared to Sekka. But come the twentieth century - the final years of his life; he died young in 1910 - his albums of designs (rather than art) need no apology.


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Kawarasaki (or Kawarazaki) Kodo. 花詩集 [七]. [Hana Shishu (7)]. Kyoto, Unsodo 1936 (Showa 11). 30x22cm publisher's cloth with printed label; 30 colour woodcut plates, accordian folding. A bit browned. Au$100

The last volume of this series of textile designs by prolific designer Kawarasaki. The inspiration is nature, the printing exemplary.


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Tobacco. Three price and retailers lists of cigars, cigarettes and tobacco and a manual of rules and regulations from the Imperial Japanese Government Monopoly. [Tokyo?] 1908-1911. Four items, varying octavos, publisher's printed wrappers; ranging from 20 to 72 pages, errata slips. Minor signs of use, pretty good. In English and Japanese but for the regulations (1910) which is in Japanese. Au$100

A neat little precis of the tobacco market in the early 20th century, domestic and imported, at a time when decent cigarettes most likely came from Egypt, often with a gold tip. In 1904 the government nationalised all tobacco products in Japan, pushed by outrage at the multi-million dollar purchase of Japanese tobacco interests by the newly formed British-American Tobacco Company. The English sections of the lists are for foreigners in Japan.


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Hikifuda. Specimen hikifuda. n.p. [c1910?]. Colour lithograph broadside 26x38cm. Stab holes in right margin indicating that it was in an album. Some offsetting, an excellent copy. Au$250

A chic Taisho couple in their motor against a backdrop of beaux-arts elegance with a spattering of airplanes across the early springtime sky. These hikifuda - handbills or small advertising posters - were often produced with blank frames for customers to have their own wares and business details printed over. I'd guess this was aimed at the fashion industry. This handsome, rosy couple want no motoring coats to hide his coat, boa and buttonhole, nor her kimono. And no cap, goggles or paraphenalia to obscure her diadem.


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Russo-Japanese War. 名譽 - 砂山庄次郎 ... [Meiyo - Sunayama Shojiro ... ]. [c1905]. Colour lithograph 77x39cm. Some light browning, a couple of insignificant marginal tears. Au$500

A splendid poster advertising ... I'm not sure what apart from the crown prince and princess and their pluck. That is Tsar Nicholas under there by the way. There are great slogans and company names galore but I can't work out if they are actual businesses or generic examples, ie - this is a specimen poster produced for companies to consider using. In which case it is a poster advertising advertising.


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EVANS, Bob [ed]. Surfing World Vol 1 No 1 ... Vol 2 No 6. Sydney, September 1962 to August 1963. 12 issues quarto together in contemporary cloth titled in gilt, all covers preserved; thoroughly illustrated. A couple of old tape repairs; rather good. Au$625

The first year of the pioneering surf journal, begun as a sport went viral and became life but still more wholesome than not - a subculture rather than the drug raddled counterculture it would soon be. Trove finds no complete run, only two libraries hold issues from the earliest years.


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