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BAN GENPAI. - [Kakubiki Shinsen : Kaisei Shobai Orai].

Osaka, Akashi 1883 (Meiji 16). 12x9cm publisher's textured wrapper; 36 leaves engraved throughout, double page title spread, two double page and one single views, small illustrations throughout, all coloured. Minor signs of use; rather good. ¶ This revised business guide is a nifty little book. There were many versions and reiterations of such books over two hundred years and you will find a few books with much the same title come the Meiji restoration. Don't be fooled, most of these are dull affairs. The views at each end are of named expos and trade fairs. As a small exhibition of these books in Osaka in 2006 pointed out in an understandably chauvinistic way, the Shobai Orai (business practice) can be said to be the origin of the modern Japanese businessman. This is not necessarily a compliment. Worldcat finds no copies outside Japan.
AUD 400.00 [Appr.: EURO 248 US$ 290.44 | £UK 212.5 | JP¥ 32193] Book number 10799

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