Ichikawa City, Japan: Kotosubo, 2014. Softcover. 1 of 60 copies. An exquisite handmade notebook with a silk binding and Japanese paper created by Japanese miniature book artist Miyako Akai. Miyako delights in the miniature book form and has won awards for her work from the Miniature Book Society. The 60 books in the edition have covers done with various Japanese silk patterns. This copy has a brown and cream repetitive design. The binding is stitched together with thin color ribbons. The book's pages have no text but most are printed with delicate designs, ornaments, or illustrations in different colors. The front pastedown has the name of the press and the date, while the rear pastedown has text in Japanese. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated [62 pages] PRI/080117. Fine.
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Garden City: Doubleday & Company. Hardcover. 4to. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor foxing to end pages. Else is clean and bright with 158 photographic illustrations, including 21 in full color. Illustrated dust jacket wiht black tilte to front panel and to faded yellow spine panel. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of dust jacket. Index, 224 pages. JAP/061412. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Japan: The Hokuseido Press, (1940). Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. In dark blue cloth covered boards with silver title to spine and front board. Minor overall wear to cloth and slight bowing to boards. Rear hinge starting. Previous owner's stamp to front paste down and to title page. Else very clean and sound with many black and white as well as color illustrations. Original receipt archivally attached to rear free end page. 225 pages. JAP/091405. Very Good.
Tokyo: Japan Travel Bureau, (1964). Hardcover. 12mo. Near fine in very good illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front panel and black title to blue spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Original japanese receipt laid in. Illustrated. Index, 157 pages. Japanese History. JAP/061512. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Tokyo: Tokyo News Service, Ltd., 1958. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Bright blue cloth boards with gold lettering on spine and front board. Hinges tight and interior clean. Slight browning to front free end page. Ribbon bookmarks bound in. Includes directories of government agencies, summaries of political parties and events, journalists, and other aspects of Japanese government and politics at that time. 133 pages. JAPAN/112105. Very Good.
New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc, 1972. STATED FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Very clean interior with tight binding. Signed by previous owner on ffep. Cock to spine. Grey dj with red spine panel and black title to spine. Very minor wear to edges of dj. A useful reference for any student of Japanese. Preface and notes are in English; Index with characters and translation are in Japanese. 359 pp. JAP/071705. Near Fine in Near Fine dj.
Japan: Japan Travel Bureau, (1953). Hardcover. Very good in flexible red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine. Multiple fold-out maps; endpapers are also maps. Minor browning to end pages. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. Index, 1015 pages. Japan. JAP1/6120. Very Good.