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FOWLER, O.S. [Orson Squire] and Hashizume Kanichi. - [Danjo Kogo Shinron].

Tokyo, Shunyodo 1888 (Meiji 21). 19x13cm publisher's illustrated cloth backed boards (mild red splodge across the top); 160pp. Natural browning of the paper. Most of the contents are loose. This was put together with an approach to cheap binding that was maybe too experimental: the pages were to be held together by two ribbons of paper punched through the inner margin. It looks like something went amiss and while the pages have been punched, the paper tape only got part of the way through or snapped immediately. It explains why the book vanished so thoroughly. So, I claim this as quite a good copy. ¶ Sixth edition of the sex part of Orson Fowler's 'Creative and Sexual Science' translated into Japanese. Hashizume, the translator, produced quantities of handy guides to English and useful translations. I guess he considered that learning about American phrenological approaches to sex would be interesting, and so it proved. The colophon tells us the book was registered in 1878 but I'm unable to find any copy earlier than 1887; worldcat finds one entry in Japan, none outside. I can tell you it reached the ninth edition by 1892.
AUD 100.00 [Appr.: EURO 60.5 US$ 63.13 | £UK 52.5 | JP¥ 9462] Book number 10623

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