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ISHIWATARI KENPACHIRO? - Spiritualism [Kokkuri Kaidan - Seiyo Kijutsu - Genmei Supirichuarizumu].

Tokyo, Iguru Shobo Shosetsubu 1887 (Meiji 20) 18x12cm publisher's cloth backed printed boards; [4],48,[4 advert]pp, one double page and two full page illustrations. A used copy with ink writing on the covers, endpapers and two leaves before the text begins. Not bad paper but a slap-happy binding that seems to have been put together with optimism rather than paste and has come adrift here and there. ¶ Enlarged edition, first published two months earlier and a rare book no matter how many editions there were. Seiyo Kijutsu translates as western magic and Japan is introduced to the seance - the popular pastime of hailing passing spirits to bring news from the beyond. Kokkuri - a pun involving fox, badger, both magical creatures, and to bob up and down - or table turning was definitely not a western import welcomed by authorities but it became all the rage through the 1890s. Worldcat finds no copies of this. NDL finds and illustrates the first edition of [4],42 pages and this edition.
AUD 600.00 [Appr.: EURO 392.25 US$ 479.2 | £UK 345.75 | JP¥ 53123] Book number 10387

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