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ASA 3 1968: the Association for Study of Arts: Poetry, Music, Art

By Niikuni, Seiichi, editor and Association for Study of Arts (Japan)

Tokyo: ASA (Takara Printing Co.), 1968. Octavo (20.6 × 14.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 63, [1] pp. Twenty-six illustrations showing works of concrete poetry. Very good. Single issue of this rare Japanese periodical of international concrete poetry, founded by Seiichi Niikuni (1925-1977), the Japanese poetic pioneer and calligrapher. "Niikuni co-founded the Association for Study of Arts (ASA) with Fujitomi Yasuo in Tokyo in 1964 to promote experimental poetry. The ASA journal began publication in 1965, and Niikuni published most of his concrete works there after Zero-on. Featuring spatial treatments of kanji, Niikuni's concrete pieces were frequently curated for local and international concrete poetry exhibitions in the 1960s" (Elaine Wong, "Interlingual Encounter in Pierre Garnier and Niikuni Seiichi's French-Japanese Concrete Poetry"). This issue is particularly important for containing the "Tokyo Manifesto for the Spatialism" (dated February 20, 1968), in Japanese and English. Side by side, the booklet presents works by Alvaro de Sa, Yuaka Ishii, Seiichi Niikuni, Ferdinand Kriwet, Shoji Yoshizawa, L. C. Vinholes, Yasuo Fujitomi, Haroldo de Campos, Alain Arias-Mission, Claus Bremer, Pierre Garnier, Jochen Gertz, Hansjörg Mayer, Timm Ulrichs, E. A. Vigo, and others. With an essay on concrete poetry in Germany, translations and book reviews of foreign publications. In total, seven issues of ASA appeared. As of October 2019, we can only trace three incomplete sets in North America (Getty, MoMA, Northwestern).

$350.00

Archive of Documents from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming

Collection of 27 mimeographed documents and 2 bird's-eye-view photographs of the barracks from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center dating from January 1, 1944 to October 17, 1945, spanning most of the time of the camp's operation and comprised mostly of Community Council meeting minutes, together with notes from the first session of the Study Committee for the Opening of the West Coast, a job description for a Block Coordinator, 3 issues in Japanese of the War Relocation Authority's Washington Daily News Digest from August 1945, a chart of all committee members as of May 1945, and the camp's criminal code. Not illustrated. Some light wear, a few edge tears or minor chipping, overall very good. 4to., the documents on letter and legal sized paper. Loose as issued. (Heart Mountain, Wyoming) 1944-1945. The Heart Mountain War Relocation Center, located midway between the towns of Cody and Powell, Wyoming, was one of ten government camps used for the internment of Japanese Americans evicted from the West Coast Exclusion Zone during World War II. Construction of the military-style barracks and guard towers began in June of 1942, and the camp opened on August 11, when the first Japanese Americans arrived by train from the Pomona, Santa Anita, and Portland assembly centers. Over the next three years, the camp would hold a total of 13,997 Japanese Americans, with a peak populcation of 10,767, before it closed on November 10, 1945. This center in particular was known for its high rates of draft resistance, encouraging fellow internees to refuse military induction until they and their families were released and had their civil rights restored. This archive in particular is a wonderful if bleak record of the activities of American citizens trying to carry on with some semblance of regular life while being imprisoned by their own government. The minutes of the Community Council meetings highlight issues such as communication received from the ACLU, clothing allowances, rice and other food provisions, invited visitors and guests, property losses, enforced Americanization, the formation of committees such as the Evacuee Relocation Planning Board, the Heart Mountain Cemetery, athletic fields, summer school, coal shortages, provisions put in place for after the Army departed Heart Mountain on September 1, 1945, and the closing of the internment centers.

$4750.00

Teikokukan ny su [Teikokukan news]. Group of forty film programs
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Teikokukan ny su [Teikokukan news]. Group of forty film programs

By Asakusa Teikokukan (Cinema Theatre)

[Tokyo]: Asakusa Teikokukan, circa 1930-1934. Small octavos (15 × 11 cm). Original pictorial and photo-illustrated wrappers; between 6 and 14 pp. per issue. Contents illustrated in black and white with numerous film stills and photographs; wrappers (rectos and versos) in color. All but nine issues with the weekly schedule of screenings cut-out, affecting upper half of one page per issue. Rear wrapper detached to no. 195; otherwise very good. A visually striking and well-preserved ephemeral source of information on domestic cinema in interwar Japan, and an appealing example of the vibrant modernism of Japanese graphic design. The wrappers incorporate both selections from film stills and advertisements in interesting photo-montage designs, usually printed in two colors, often on variously colored stock. With additional designs to the insides of wrappers, as well as black-and-white photographs, film descriptions, and weekly programming within. These weekly film programs (which range from issues 87 to 284 - inquire for a list of issues), were issued by the Teikokukan cinema chain, which first emerged in Tokyo's Asakusa neighborhood and later spread to other districts and cities. As of August 2019, we cannot trace any copies in either KVK or OCLC.

$2250.00

Manshu teikoku shashin takan. (A Grand Photographic Atlas of the Manchukuo Empire.)
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Manshu teikoku shashin takan. (A Grand Photographic Atlas of the Manchukuo Empire.)

Large album of 60 photographic plates printed on thick paper, published to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, edited by Sakata Yataro, and distributed as a sort of propaganda targeted at a Japanese audience, the plates depicting scenes including the Mukden or Manchurian Incident, the signing of the founding of the Manchukuo state, Emperor Puyi and his visit to Japan, the Kwantung army and its leading officers, government offices, elementary school education, the Manchukuo central bank and its currency, railroads, the postal system, agriculture, fisheries, salt production, street scenes in Harbin with signage in Japanese, English, Chinese and Russian, monuments to martyrs, the Great Wall, marriages, funerals, and many others, as well as texts such as the national anthem of Manchukuo and documents regarding Japanese-Manchukuo friendship and solidarity. Some scattered foxing and toning. Folio. Original cloth portfolio box case, one closure missing, plates unbound as issued. Some minor soiling, abrasions to case. n.p. Manshu Kyozai Shuppan, 1937. The publisher of this volume was an educational materials company, and this collection of plates may have been used to explain the founding of Manchukuo and Japan's imperial project. The volume also comes with an endorsement from Minami Jiro, the Governor-general of the Japanese colony of Korea, in the form of a calligraphic inscription which reads: "Korea and Manchuria as one." As of September 2019, we were not able to locate this work via WorldCat.

$5500.00

T ky  kangy  hakurankai jimu h koku j kan [Tokyo Industrial Exposition Report, Vol. 1]
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T ky kangy hakurankai jimu h koku j kan [Tokyo Industrial Exposition Report, Vol. 1]

By Tokyo Prefecture (T ky fu)

331 pp. volume representing the first part of a two-part govermental report on the 1907 Tokyo Industrial Exposition, covering the overall operations and organization of the exposition including maps and plans for the arrangement of the pavilions within Ueno Park, and interior plans describing the use of the pavilions and displays within. Profusely illustrated throughout with black and white reproductions from photographs of the exposition, architectural and engineering plans, site plans, floor plans, and pavilion elevations, some in color, including approximately 30 folding plates. Some light toning and foxing scattered throughout. 4to. Original embossed wrpps. with title printed to cover, some sunning and foxing, minor scuffing. Tokyo (T ky fu/Meiji 42) n.d. (1909). This volume includes many photographs and architectural plans of the pavilions which made up the Industrial Exposition, as well as the configuration of the exhibition. Through the exhibition, the organizers had a goal to visually communicate a narrative about modern, industrial Japan in a period of colonial expansion just after the Russo-Japanese War. The exhibition was also hoped to help Japan to increase consumption in a time of post-war economic depression. This was the 6th industrial exhibition to take place at Ueno Park, and was the grandest. Many of the main exhibition buildings were western in style, which differed greatly from Japanese pavilions in previous international expositions, where a greater focus was placed on traditional Japanese artistic styles and crafts. The features of the exposition itself included Japan's second Ferris Wheel, foreign products and processes, and a Crystal Pavilion which became the target of Korean protests and was eventually removed. An estimated 35,000 light bulbs, or 4% of all of the light bulbs availble in Japan at the time, were used at the fair. "The main buildings, Gothic, in the park proper, were built around a huge foundain, on six levels, surmounted by Bacchus and bathed in lights of red, blue, and purple. A water chute led down to the lower level, on Shinobazu Pond, where special exhibitions told of foreign lands and a growing empire." (Seidensticker, 2011) Scarce; as of September 2019, WorldCat does not locate a single holding of this volume in North America.

$2250.00

Shika-shu Jintai-Shoka
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Shika-shu Jintai-Shoka

By Onchi, Koshiro, & Katsuji Fukuda

42 pp. compendium of poems by noted figures including Koshiro Onchi, who also designed the book and its layout, accompanied by 8 reproductions of photographs by the noted avant-garde photographer Katsuji Fukuda (1899-1991) mostly showing images of the female nude. 4to. Stiff printed and illustrated wrpps., sl. shaken. Tokyo (Fugaku Honsha) 1947. A rare and important work and a collaborative effort by noted cultural figures in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Onchi was a leading book designer in Japan, responsible for some 1000 titles in his long career, as well as a noted photographer, printmaker, and poet. Fukuda's images, some of which present the female nude as abstraction, offer serenity in the midst of the cultural unease of the time. As of Juen 2015, WorldCat locates only one copy of this work worldwide.

$2250.00

Choshunkaku Kansho.  (Catalogue of the Kawasaki Collection)
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Choshunkaku Kansho. (Catalogue of the Kawasaki Collection)

By Kawasaki, Shozo, & Yoshitaro Kawasaki (editors)

6 vols., with approx. 390 superb plates (30 in color, the others in photogravure on fine paper) accompanied by interleaved commentary on the objects, documenting the major collection of mostly Japanese, with some Chinese, art including paintings, lacquerwork, sculpture, ceramics, etc. Large folio. Silk-covered boards, elaborately tie-bound in the Japanese manner, each volume housed in chitsu case (most cases rubbed and chipped). Tokyo (Kokkasha) 1914. A complete set of the catalogue of a major collection put together at the turn of the 20th century; Choshunkaku is the name of the private museum established by Kawasaki Shozo, the founder of the Kawasaki Shipyard Company in Tokyo and Kobe who attained great wealth at the end of the 19th century. His adopted son, Kawasaki Yoshitaro, who is primarily responsible for compiling the present work, had to sell the collection in the 1930's. Notable for its plethora of masterpieces, some of which have appeared on the market in recent years, the catalogue remains a landmark work in the historiography of Japanese collections and is often the only source of information on individual masterworks. The work is lavishly produced and features some 30 superb color illustrations.

$5500.00

Chi to Baro ("Blood & Roses"); Le Sang et la Rose: Revue de Erotologie, Homosexualité, Sadisme, Masochisme, Fétichisme, Narcissime, Infantilisme, Magie, Occultisme, Humour Noir, Complexe, Psyschisme.  Nos. 1 (Oct. 1968) to 4 (June 1969) (all published)
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Chi to Baro ("Blood & Roses"); Le Sang et la Rose: Revue de Erotologie, Homosexualité, Sadisme, Masochisme, Fétichisme, Narcissime, Infantilisme, Magie, Occultisme, Humour Noir, Complexe, Psyschisme. Nos. 1 (Oct. 1968) to 4 (June 1969) (all published)

The only four issues published (each approx. 200 pp.) of a periodical (mostly in Japanese, with some French translations) devoted to stretching the boundaries of human sexuality and gender identity, exploring sexual customs, mores, and deviance cross-culturally, including analysis of Shunga and other Ukiyo-e prints, Marquis de Sade, bondage, Indian temple sculptures, etc., profusely illustrated throughout. Sm. 4to. Orig. illus. wrpps., bottom of spine of first issue bumped. Tokyo (Tensei Shuppan) 1968-1969. A provocative work, emblematic of the late 1960's, published under the editorial direction of Shibusawa Tasuhiko, a renowned novelist, essayist, and translator of French literature who wrote extensively on black magic, demonism and eroticism. As of April 2014 WorldCat locates five runs of this serial.

$3250.00

Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School.  With Brief History of the Development of the School, Biographical Sketches of the Artists, and Some Critical Descriptions
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Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School. With Brief History of the Development of the School, Biographical Sketches of the Artists, and Some Critical Descriptions

By Tajima, Shiichi, Seigei Omura, Hideo Takamine, Shiro Katano, & Joseph King Goodrich

5 volume study and presentation (in English) of the history of Ukiyoye painting and woodblock printmaking, defined in the preface as genre pictures and popular works depicting manners and customs of the time as opposed to classical works, including an altogether 211 pp. text distributed throughout the volumes, 156 fine text illustrations, mostly from line drawings, and 170 superb mounted plates, some in photogravure, but most from exquisitely rendered original woodblock prints done by an array of artists after the original works. Several leaves in the second volume damaged at fore-edge and into the extremities of the sheets; a sharp object pierced the chitsu case. Large folio. Illustrated paper covered boards, elaborately tie-bound in the Japanese manner, housed in damaged chitsu cases (one case lacking). Tokyo (Shimbi Shoin) 1906-1907. One of six hundred sets. A complete set of a spectacular work, marred only by some damage to the contents of the second volume, containing nearly 150 original color woodblock prints, focusing not only on the popular woodblock prints of the 18th through 20th centuries but on the entire history of Japanese genre imagery. Examples of the highest levels of painting from the Kano school forward were culled from private and public collections and include many Imperial Treasures; noted artists were asked to make exacting woodblock prints after those works. A serious art-historical undertaking; descriptions and essays were contributed by noted Japanese scholars and translated from the Japanese to English by Goodrich, a professor of English in Kyoto. A beautiful work, and fundamental to the study of Japanese genre painting.

$6500.00

Nikko Toshogu Shashincho. Additional title on cover: The Album of Toshugo at Nikko
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Nikko Toshogu Shashincho. Additional title on cover: The Album of Toshugo at Nikko

By Toshogu Shrine Office

Unpaginated album containing 30 leaves, printed recto only, presenting two ground plans and 28 photographic plates showing the Nikko Toshogu Shrine (the mausoleum for Tokugawa Leyasu (founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate)), the complex of buildings, its grounds and environs, with an additional photograph showing the Yomeimon Gate of the shrine in a matching envelope, laid in. Oblong folio. Illus. wrpps., tie-bound. Nikko, Tochigi (Bekkaku Kanpeisha Toshogu Shamusho) 1923. A nice overview of the complex with excellent photographic plates.

$175.00

Zen to Bijutsu.  Zen and Fine Arts
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Zen to Bijutsu. Zen and Fine Arts

By Hisamatsu, Hoseki Shin'ichi

106, 18 pp. text (in Japanese with annotated list of plates translated into English) on the outpouring of art related to Zen Buddhism in Japan, 290 illustrations on plates showing paintings, ink drawings, calligraphy, masks, tea ceremony objects, ceramics, scrolls, etc. 4to. Cloth, d.j. Kyoto (Bokubi-sha) 1958.

$125.00

Nogaku Komenshu.  Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan Tokubetsu Tenkan
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Nogaku Komenshu. Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan Tokubetsu Tenkan

By Kyoto. Imperial Museum

Unpaginated (6) pp. title and introductory matter, including list of exhibited works, accompanying 57 plates (3 in superb color) showing excellent photographs of dramatic Noh masks, most from the collections of private individuals (mainly patriarchs of Noh acting families) and a few held by National museums. Folio. Paper-covered boards, tie-bound, covers sl. rubbed, housed in later cloth case (worn). Kyoto (Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan) 1933. A superbly printed work, published shortly after a major exhibition at the Kyoto Imperial Museum in 1930.

$575.00

Seventh World Education Conference, Tokyo 1937: Photograph Album
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Seventh World Education Conference, Tokyo 1937: Photograph Album

By Fujihara, Ginjiro (introduction)

Unpaginated (29 leaves) album including introductory text on the conference and promoting and explaining the planned-for International Exposition scheduled to be held in Tokyo in 1940, printed list of contents, and 31 mounted original photographs(most approx. 4 1/2" x 6") showing international delegates (both Asian and Caucasian) to the conference, meetings in progress, cultural performances, buildings where the conference was held, and, on the final leaf, a photograph of the ground plan for the 1940 Exposition. Oblong 4to. Decorated crepe-covered boards, tie-bound in the Japanese manner. Tokyo (Shirokiya Department Store) n.d. (1937). Both a commemorative album for the conference that brought together educators from Asia, Europe and America, and a promotional tool for the never-to-be-held Exposition, this work is an interesting cultural artifact promoting international cultural cooperation in an era of increasing military aggression and isolationism. Laid in are several ephemeral items related to the conference.

$600.00

"Noh" Masks Treasured in the Kwanze Family.  Japanese title: Kanzeke Denrai Nomenshu
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"Noh" Masks Treasured in the Kwanze Family. Japanese title: Kanzeke Denrai Nomenshu

By Katayama, Kuroemon (introd. essay)

89, 13 pp. text (in Japanese with English summary) and descriptions, 100 plates showing a fine collection of masks as used in Noh plays. Sm. 4to. Cloth, d.j. (chipped). Kyoto (Hinoki) 1954.

$150.00

Kosetsusai Zohin Tenkan Zuroku
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Kosetsusai Zohin Tenkan Zuroku

By Tokyo. Tokyo Bijutsu Kurabu; and: Osaka. Osaka Bijutsu Kurabu

Unpaginated auction catalogue, edited by Gyoho Naito and Sukeharu Ario, of some 250 works of traditional Japanese art and craftsmanship, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, calligraphy, decorative objects, and other items, from the fine collection put together by Baron Denzaburo Fujita in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, each item described in detail, all items shown on plates (some in color). Stout 4to. Illus. wrpps., tie-bound in the Japanese manner. Tokyo/ Osaka 1934. Fujita was celebrated for his attempt to keep traditional Japanese art in the country during a time when much material was being bought up by Europeans visiting Japan in the early years of the 20th century. The auction was held in both Tokyo and Osaka.

$475.00

Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Tchikamatsou, le Grand Dramaturge Japonais
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Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Tchikamatsou, le Grand Dramaturge Japonais

By Miyamori, Asatoro

Chikamatsu. XI, 417 pp. translation of six classical puppet plays by Chikamatsu Monzaémon, the great Japanese playwright (ca. 1652-1724), introd. text on Japanese literature and theater in general, the life and works of Chikamatsu, and his contemporaries, notes, 74 plates. Large 8vo. Wrpps. Paris (Leroux) 1929. This French translation, by Charles Jacob, of the English edition prepared by Miyamori was published under the auspices of the Yamato Kai Society, Tokyo.

$175.00