ancient and modern Various Usages of Tokio Japan. Tokio, Y.T.R. Morito, No 34 Muramatsucho. 1885 [Circa 1959]
8vo. Original midnight blue fine fabric binding decoratively blocked with a repeating wave motif in glistening silver to upper cover, Japanese-stitched to spine, with onlaid calligraphed paper title label to upper cover, in original plain paper protective wrap-around, pp. , illustrated throughout in colours replicating the original woodblocks, together with original deep blue paper-wrappered explanatory booklet (in Japanese) calligraphed in silver to covers and stab-stitched to spine with orange thread, pp. 42, both items contained in original decorated presentation card box with large pictorial label to lid; printed throughout on folded Japanese leaves; both books fine, both externally and internally, the protective plain wrapper lightly foxed; the box minimally dusted and rubbed.
A vintage reprint facsimile edition of a work first published in 1885. A pictorial dictionary of traditional and ancient aspects of old Japan with text in Japanese alongside the English translation, with sections on Common Trade Marks, the Figure of Female Hair, Japanese Hats and Capes; the Amusements of Boys and Girls, 'the Kind of Beggar', Japanese Female Clothing, etc.