Japan: Valley of the Temples Corporation, 1968. Hard Cover. First Edition. Folio. Collection of 32 photographs, plus color frontispiece photograph of Amida in this beautifully designed book. Light stain on frontispiece tissue at lower left corner. Commemorates the replica of Japan's Byodo-In Temple constructed in Hawaii between the years of 1966 and 1968 by the Valley of the Temples Corporation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. Very Good.
Paris: A. Falaise, 1832. Wraps. First Edition. 118 pp. 48mo. White paper wraps are foxed, a bit soiled and edgeworn, but marvelous for their age. The tiny book has a fold-out map inserted first, with maps of both France and Europe on one side; the world and the solar system on the reverse. A second t.p. reads: "Cadeau des Muses, ou Almanach Universel, Etrennes Utiles et Agreables. Annee bissextile 1832." A fascinating little tome in French. Very Good.
Liege, France: Musee de l'Art Wallon, 1975. Soft Cover. First Edition. Folio. Pagination is by sections: preliminaries, 96 pp.; "Catalogue," 214 pp. and "Planches" (b/w and color plates), 51. Front cover has a golden orb surrounded by fleur de lis, of various sizes, on a royal blue background. Rear cover and spine are white. Spine has blue lettering. Covers and spine are slightly aged, soiled, creased and shelf-worn. Edges are slightly soiled. A few page corners, at rear, are curled. Text, in French, is followed by the separate section of, mostly full-page, mostly b/w plates. Interior is occasionally very slightly soiled, otherwise crisp and tight. Very Good.
Paris: Furne et Ce, 1839. Quarter Leather. First Edition. Brown leather spine with four raised bands, titling in gold, slight chipping at head and foot of each volume in set. Brown marbled paper-covered boards with some bumping and chipping at corners. Pastedowns are a brown and blue marbled paper. Foxing throughout, plates present. An attractive set. Very Good.
London: Illustrated London News and Sketch, 1935. Cloth, Paper. First Edition. 3 vol. set Vol. 1, 72 pp., Coronation Record Number, 1937, of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. 24 color and other plates. Color plates include castles, charts of descent, coronation robes, much more. Navy paper binding with elaborate gilt embellishment and lettering is reinforced inside with tape. Vol. 2, Coronation Number of Queen Elizabeth II, pub. 1953. 68 pp., 16 color plates and 594 "portraits and illus." Similar navy paper cover with gilt. Vol. 3 is the Silver Jubilee Record Number 1910 - 1935, the recap of 25 years' reign of King George V and Queen Mary. 16 color plates, numerous charts and illustrations. Hardback cover w/ pasted-down imitation leather covers in red with gilt embellishment. Absolutely wonderful compilation of historical events and people, lavishly illustrated. Very Good.
Philadelphia, PA: Moses Thomas, 1816. Full-Leather. First Edition. First U.S. Edition. 275 pp. Mottled brown leather cover w/gilt bands on spine. Corners, bottom edges worn. Occasional chips in leather. Any lettering is worn off. Foxing on eps and interior does not affect readability. A collection of letters written by a young Englishman as he travels in Europe after the Battle of Waterloo. Recipients included his sister Margaret, cousin Peter, cousin the Major, and other anonymous recipients. Comments on political events and military history of the region, plus a few poems in French. Speculation is that "Paul" may have been Sir Walter Scott, but this has not been verified. Very Good.
London: Parry, Blenkarn & Co., 1847. Hardcover. First One-Volume Edition. 434 pp. B/w ills. Rebound. Black cloth cover has a few "bubbles" on front. Red leather title block on spine, set off w/ gilt rules. Spine worn at both ends. Previous owner's name in ink on first free endpaper. Prelims lightly foxed, with occasional foxing throughout. Frontis and title page w/ills by "Phiz," H.K. Browne, his first appearance in print. 19 more b/w plates intact. Binding clean and tight. Very good.
Paris: Furne et Ce, 1839. Half Leather. As. Five volume set: 655, 607, 646, 653, 702 pp. Set is uniformly and attractively bound in marbled boards with leather spines. Spines have blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering, ornamentation and rules. Covers and spines are aged, soiled, shelf- and edge-worn. Hinges are occasionally cracked and/or have been repaired. Spine ends and corners are bumped, chipped and worn to the boards. Page edges are marbled, as are eps. The marbling on the boards, edges and eps complement one another but do not match. B/w engraved frontises, with tissue guards. Text is in French and is augmented by a few additional engravings, with tissues. Interiors are slightly aged and foxed to varying degrees. An aged, but rather attractive set that...
Shanghai, Hongkong and Singapore: Kelly & Walsh Ltd., 1925. Hard Cover. Fifth Edition. 766 pp. Cover titled on spine in bright gilt. Title and pagoda design stamped on center front. Something red which ran was put on this book cover, causing a tie-dyed red and yellow cover. Spine appears to have been damp. No color run into text block. Dj has been similarly affected - original color is uncertain. Dj chipped at corners and spine ends, else intact (and multicolored) in protective cover. Faint red traces on bottom of paste-downs. This useful reference is arranged as an encyclopedia, describing aspects of Chinese life and character in non-technical English. Between the fourth and fifth revisions, the form of government in China changed, making this edition an...
London: Edward Stanford, 1878. Full Leather. First Edition. Five raised bands, elegant decoration in each panel, burgundy leather patch title, all in gold embossing. Double rule border to front and rear cover. Foot of boards rough and worn, 2" slit starting along hinge at top of rear board. Marbled endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown, foredges marbled. Clean and crisp within, 19 plates, 13 maps, some folding. Very Good.
New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., 1927. Hardcover. First Edition. 300 pp +/- per vol. Color, b/w photos & ills. Red cloth covers embossed on front w/ gilt circle containing ship. Spines, lettered in gilt, are sunned. V. 1 has a few black marks (ink tracings?) near front ditch and on lower spine. Top edges are red speckled. Contain printed bookmark on fpd. A handsome set, tracing the sea-sailing ships prior to 1857. The first volume starts at the earliest known shipping history and goes to 1697, the time of the earliest explorers. Vol. 2 covers the 18th centure, 1698 to 1783. Vol. 3, 1784-1814, looks at the Navy from Nelson to the steam age, including privateers and the early days of oceanic commerce...
Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988. Hard Cover. First Edition. 141 pp. B/w photo ills. Blue/white cloth cover has bright blue on spine. Photo illus. of boat on dj, which is unclipped, unpriced. Eps are blue on gray maps of subject area. A detailed record of the boat necessary to the survival of the Bering Strait Eskimos. Anthropologist author traces the changes to this boat as outside influences and more modern technology appeared. A history of the region as well as the development of a boat type. Fine / Fine.