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 ,  $100000 Reward [Hyakumandoru no Kensho].
$100000 Reward [Hyakumandoru no Kensho].
Tokyo, Shunkodo 1920 (Taisho 1920). Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper printed in red and black and colour illustrated dustwrapper (the spine of this insect nibbled); two photo plates and illustrated title. Stab holes indicating this had been in some outer binding; natural browning of the paper; an outstanding copy. An owner's seal and brushed inscription inside the front cover and on the back cover suggests this is some kind of file copy.
¶ A pulpish film edition in Japanese translation of the 1920 serial thriller $1,000,000 Reward starring Lillian Walker. The film itself is lost and from what I can figure out not much more than production credits and a partial list of chapter headings survives in English. This book is near as lost, I can't find only one record of another copy - not in a library.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 10471
AUD 475.00 [Appr.: EURO 293.5 US$ 329.89 | £UK 264.25 | JP¥ 35457]
Keywords: literature fiction thrillers c20th Japan modernism film cinema

 [ERSKINE, THOMAS]., Armata. A fragment. [with] The Second Part of Armata.
[ERSKINE, THOMAS].
Armata. A fragment. [with] The Second Part of Armata.
London, John Murray 1817. Two volumes octavo, together in 19th century half calf, spine elaborately gilded. A bit of browning, a handsome pleasing copy.
¶ Second editions of both parts. This now obscure Antarctic imaginary voyage to another world connected to ours at the south pole might have been popular, in a mild and genteel way: there were supposedly five editions of the first part in 1817 and the second part likewise reached five editions by 1819. It is possible they were manufactured as part of Erskine’s joke in the preface of part two that histories such as this were doomed to obscurity whereas if he called it a romance it was guaranteed two editions at least by the lending libraries alone. While the first and second edition of the first part are different settings, the second and fourth editions are from the same setting. The first and second editions of part two are from the same setting, as is the fourth edition up until signature K which is where Erskine added some footnotes. Erskine's Armata is dystopian in intent but he is too polite and good natured to go overboard about it and although a couple of hundred or so sailors, from earth and from Armata, are obliterated at each end of the book they are dispatched in a sentence each. Even the narrator's beloved Morvina, who is literally killed by her induction into society, is done to death in a quiet half page, the narrator apologetic for being tactless enough to mention it. But, skimming past the legal religious stuff - I couldn't follow the outrageous fraud the clergy put over the government and justice system - there are some delightful scenes of bone crunching mayhem once Armata society sets off for an evening out. Erskine, also now obscure, was once described as the "greatest advocate as well as the first forensic orator who ever appeared in any age" (James High as quoted in Patterson's 'Nobody's Perfect'). He remained all his life a fierce defender of freedom of speech and the liberty of the press with one startling lapse: after defending Thomas Paine at the cost of his own position he prosecuted a bookseller for distributing Paine's writing. Apparently he later returned the retainer in remorse but he remained open to accusations of self interest in that case.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 10416
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 463.25 US$ 520.88 | £UK 417.25 | JP¥ 55986]
Keywords: literature science fiction fantasy utopia imaginary voyages c19th Antarctic thrillers

 [MEDICINE]., Australasian Medical Conference. Transactions of the Ninth Session, held in Sydney, New South Wales, September, 1911.
[MEDICINE].
Australasian Medical Conference. Transactions of the Ninth Session, held in Sydney, New South Wales, September, 1911.
Sydney, Govt Printer 1913. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth; plates, illustrations, tables. An excellent set.
¶ A wealth of papers including contributions by Jung ('On the Doctrine of Complexes') and Freud ('On Psycho-Analysis'), this latter at least written specifically for the congress. Were these published anywhere else? and is this the first publication of either in Australia?
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 5326
AUD 100.00 [Appr.: EURO 61.75 US$ 69.45 | £UK 55.75 | JP¥ 7465]
Keywords: science medicine psychology Australia c20th

 
[PRINTING].
The Australasian Printer's Keepsake. A selection of tales, essays, sketches, and verse, illustrative of the craft in Australia. By Victorian compositors.
Melbourne, Fitzgerald 1885. Octavo contemporary half roan (rubbed); viii,168pp. Library gilt stamp on covers and label inside the front; title a little marked; not a bad copy.
¶ Originally issued in wrappers but rarely seen still in them, rarely seen at all for that matter.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 2771
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 185.25 US$ 208.35 | £UK 167 | JP¥ 22394]
Keywords: printing history c19th Australia trades work

 , Barque "Norna." (Correspondence relative to). [with] ... Further Correspondence.
Barque "Norna." (Correspondence relative to). [with] ... Further Correspondence.
Sydney, Govt printer 1861. Foolscap disbound; 6pp and 1 page on blue paper.
¶ A sordid story of the treatment of Lascar seamen and, to me, surprising use of authority. Seems if a ship's officer complains to the Water Police that his crew are refusing to obey orders said crew is rounded up and thrown into gaol. The Norna's crew were arrested on the charge of Captain Crawford. The Water Police Magistrate's account here is more defensive than clear but it emerges after much to and froing that one seaman had possibly been murdered at sea and another came close to death in Sydney, due to mistreatment by the captain and second officer. These two were held and charged. Then, the near dead sailor was put back on board the Norna, told that sea voyage would be good for his health and the Norna set sail with a new captain. Probably not a great decision: the Norna was wrecked somewhere round the Coral Sea and most of the crew pretty much marooned by the new captain. But that's another story.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 9769
AUD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.75 US$ 24.31 | £UK 19.5 | JP¥ 2613]
Keywords: maritime history c19th Australia race racism law crime nautical

 , [Bokura Norimono].
[Bokura Norimono].
Osaka, Tamura Kyube 1919 (Taisho 8). 17x19cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, rivet bound; six double folded leaves, including cover, giving 12 pages of full page colour illustrations, printed colophon and advert leaf added as back cover (this with a closed tear).
¶ First printing of this rare and appealing cheap picture book of machines and people on the move. A curious new art approach with more than a hint of the emerging sosaku - or artist produced - woodcut movement which abolished the divide between artist, block cutter and printer. Expression became more important than technical perfection. The series was produced under the directorship of writer Sazanami Iwaya but the artist remains a mystery to me.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 10637
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 185.25 US$ 208.35 | £UK 167 | JP¥ 22394]
Keywords: childrens juvenile transport trains automobiles aeroplanes aviation technology progress modernism graphic art c20th Japan Asia reform

 [STEELE, JOHN V]., The Bush Pets' Party.
[STEELE, JOHN V].
The Bush Pets' Party.
n.p. [c1938-39]. Largish quarto (320x270mm); eight leaves stiff card, all printed in colour. A little used, quite good. A shabby copy of the companion Mrs Possum's Adventure can be thrown in if wanted.
¶ Four of these large colourful cardboard books, three illustrated by John V. Steele, are known. This is one of the more socially acceptable these days, they are about bush animals. The third is an Australian version of Ten Little Niggers. Having them printed in Japan and saying so on the front cover maybe wasn't great timing. Of the surviving handful of copies known, of all four, a high percentage are missing their front covers. Presumably the rest of the copies went straight into the fire or paper drive bins after Pearl Harbour and Singapore.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 10668
AUD 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 52.5 US$ 59.03 | £UK 47.5 | JP¥ 6345]
Keywords: literature childrens juvenile illustrated c20th Australia

 
[EDUCATION].
Copy of Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education. (1841-42).
[London] Ordered to be printed .. July 1842. Foolscap folio half calf; 303pp.
¶ The appointment of the committe in 1839 was the first direct step towards public responsibility for education - and pretty well failed. Here, after the correspondence with various educational societies (and some letters from the Sub-Committee on Singing) are a series of reports on the state of schools in several counties.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 6331
AUD 100.00 [Appr.: EURO 61.75 US$ 69.45 | £UK 55.75 | JP¥ 7465]
Keywords: education government reform progress c19th England children schools social sciences

 EXHIBITION - OSAKA 1903, [Daigokai naikoku kangyo hakurankai jonai jitchi shukuzu]. Fifth National Industrial Exhibition ... Osaka.
EXHIBITION - OSAKA 1903
[Daigokai naikoku kangyo hakurankai jonai jitchi shukuzu]. Fifth National Industrial Exhibition ... Osaka.
Osaka 1903 (Meiji 36). Colour lithograph 55x79cm; folded as issued. A couple of smudges and spots; a rather good copy with its original colour illustrated outer wrapper,
¶ A pretty good bird's-eye view. The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition in Osaka in 1903, while the last of the series begun in 1877 was the largest and included a lot of firsts. It was the first with a court for foreign countries - quite a few exhibited their wares. It was the first held at night - electricity and illumination was a great feature - and the Japanese public was introduced to wireless telegraphy, American automobiles, x-rays and cinema. A sixth exhibition scheduled for 1907 was to be an international exhibition but that plan fizzled. The Tokyo exhibition of 1907 was pretty grand but not what was hoped for after 1903. It was 1970 before Japan held an international exhibition.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 10263
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 185.25 US$ 208.35 | £UK 167 | JP¥ 22394]
Keywords: graphic art international exhibitions c20th Japan progress modernism manufactures bird's-eye reform

 [RYMER, JAMES MALCOLM]., The Dark Woman; or, the Days of the Prince Regent.
[RYMER, JAMES MALCOLM].
The Dark Woman; or, the Days of the Prince Regent.
London, John Dicks 1861-62. Two volumes largish octavo half gilt calf; 104 wood engravings after Gilbert, Sargent and Standfast.
¶ Rare - any and all of Rymer's novels are rare - and an outstanding copy, made more so by being in a handsome contemporary binding of dark green half calf, spines satisfyingly rich with gilt and contrasting labels (the labels consign authorship to Errym, Rymer's most common pseudonym) - almost unknown on penny (or halfpenny) dreadfuls. On the endpapers is the inscription of John Gordon Edward Sibbald, 7th December 1866 and the bindings speak of a well-heeled reverence for what was a trashy thriller but the book itself is unthumbed. Perhaps Sibbald had another reading copy? It seems inconceivable that it was an unwanted gift. According to Summers, The Dark Woman was issued in 104 weekly parts at a halfpenny each; in monthly parts at threepence (which seems dear) and as two volumes supplied with titles and contents on completion - as here. All are made up of the weekly parts. One of Rymer's later novels, well after his successes of the forties like The Black Monk or Varney the Vampyre, but Rymer never ran short of thrilling deeds - dastardly, dare-devil or gruesome. Any page or two will exhaust the meek reader.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 8023
AUD 1850.00 [Appr.: EURO 1142.5 US$ 1284.83 | £UK 1029.25 | JP¥ 138098]
Keywords: literature fiction thrillers penny dreadful horror c19th England

 [DILLON, JOHN]., The Decision of the Three Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, pronounced seriatim Monday, 11th of April, 1836, on the Applicability of the Marriage Act of England to this Colony; with a report of the case, and a review of the arguments.
[DILLON, JOHN].
The Decision of the Three Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, pronounced seriatim Monday, 11th of April, 1836, on the Applicability of the Marriage Act of England to this Colony; with a report of the case, and a review of the arguments.
Sydney, printed by William Jones 1836. Octavo unbound as issued (an early if not original strip of paper down the spine); [2],40pp (last blank), [1] (blank). Title and last blank quite dusty. Inscribed and signed by Dillon - then a solicitor to the Supreme Court - to John Gurner who arrived in Sydney in 1817 as Barron Field's clerk, became the chief clerk, and later a commissioner of the Supreme Court.
¶ Rare and one of the earliest authoritive attacks on legal judgments published in the colony - and worthy of notice as the case hinged upon the concept of legal independence from Great Britain. Ferguson (2116) appends an uncommonly long note indicating that he at least found it of interest ("important case" are his words). A John Maloney was convicted of bigamy but made representation that as he had first married after, and not in accordance with, the passing of the Marriage Act then his first marriage was invalid. The Chief Justice (Forbes) and Justice Dowling determined the Marriage Act had no application in New South Wales and found him guilty; Justice Burton disagreed as does Dillon in this pamphlet. He has found himself unable to merely report the case without comment as this decision now left the colony with "no law prevailing here as to marriage". Ferguson found three copies including his own and since then only one more copy seems to have found its way to an Australian library.
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Book number: 7558
AUD 600.00 [Appr.: EURO 370.5 US$ 416.7 | £UK 334 | JP¥ 44788]
Keywords: law social sciences history c19th Australia marriage bigamy

 
[CLELAND].
The Decorative Work of T.M. Cleland. A record and review, with a bibliographical and critical introduction by Alfred E. Hamill.
NY, Pynson Printers 1929. Quarto, very good in publisher's cloth and mildly dusty dustwrapper; xxiiipp and 99pp plates. Numerous illustrations, some colour, and a mounted folding sample.
¶ Some six years in the making and beautifully produced. It's a pity about Cleland.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 1774
AUD 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 52.5 US$ 59.03 | £UK 47.5 | JP¥ 6345]
Keywords: art monographs c20th America graphic arts typography design advertising illustration

 
[JONES, WILLIAM].
A Dissertation on the Orthography of Asiatick Words in Roman Letters.
[London 180-?]. octavo in elderly but later plain wrapper; pp56, 7 plates.
¶ Extracted from the octavo edition of Asiatick Researches.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 6406
AUD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.75 US$ 24.31 | £UK 19.5 | JP¥ 2613]
Keywords: language linguistics India Arabic Persian Asia c18th

 , [Eiji Kunmo Zukai or Ei Kuno Zukai depending on the transcriber].
[Eiji Kunmo Zukai or Ei Kuno Zukai depending on the transcriber].
Kyoto, Ogawa Kinsuke 1871 (Meiji 4). 225x155mm publisher's wrapper with title label; woodblock illustrations throughout. Some worming and a marginal stain, neat repairs to the first few margins. A very decent copy with its colour illustrated outer wrapper, this smudged and rumpled but complete and untorn.
¶ A rare and most appealing illustrated introduction to English. To an extent unseen in any other non-western culture faced with the colonial ambitions of the west the Japanese controlled their own re-education. They were not showered with unwanted primers by missionaries and other pious businessmen. They produced, printed and determinedly digested their own, using whatever sources they could find, the occasional hired expert and their imagination. The more I look at books like these, which were assiduously studied, the more I wonder how anyone learnt any English. How many Japanese went to their graves calling a camera a desk and hoping for an opportunity to introduce 'pluckant' into conversation? Leaving aside errors, books like these make no sense as tools to me but tens, hundreds of thousands of Japanese students set out with these as guides on the road of bunmei kaika - government sponsored enlightenment and civilization - and got there way faster than anyone should have. In fact the more I think about it the more I wonder how anyone learns any language.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 9673
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 463.25 US$ 520.88 | £UK 417.25 | JP¥ 55986]
Keywords: social sciences language linguistics dictionaries vocabulary c19th Japan progress trade Asia education reform

 [HARRIS, ALEXANDER]., The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler.
[HARRIS, ALEXANDER].
The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler.
London, Smith Elder 1849. Stout octavo, the three volumes bound together in contemporary quarter calf and cloth. An occasional spot but a pretty good copy in what looks like a colonial binding (plain and a bit awkward); bound without half titles.
¶ First edition of this well meaning but somewhat documentary novel.
Richard Neylon, BooksellerProfessional seller
Book number: 8348
AUD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 525 US$ 590.33 | £UK 473 | JP¥ 63450]
Keywords: literature fiction Australia c19th three deckers

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