BATCHELOR, John. The Ainu of Japan. The Religion, Superstitions, and General History of the Hairy Aborigines of Japan … With 80 Illustrations. London, Religious Tract Society, 1892.
8vo. Original illustrated and gilt-lettered turquois cloth; pp. 336, highly illustrated; apart from a little foxing at beginning and end; a very good copy; provenance: contemporary Japanese bookdealers label inside front cover, slightly later bookplate Lowenac-Camborne.
First edition. John Batchelor (1855-1944) was the Ainu expert of his time, and missionary to the people. In this thorough anthropolgical monograph he defends Ainu culture against Japanese hegemony, and is full of respect for many aspects of Ainu life, society and traditions.