Japanese Photography and Design
For over ten years Maggs has been dealing in the field of Japanese photo-books, as well as items relating to post-War Japanese graphic design. We can claim to be amongst the leading experts in this field, having built and sold a number of important collections to private collectors and various national and international institutions. We have a large stock of books & magazines from both the pre-war and the post-war period covering many fields of artistic expression in Japan.
We have strong connections with book-dealers and collectors in Japan which enables us to cater to the specific needs of our clients within a relatively short timeframe.
IWAMIYA Takeji (1962])
44 Original Photographs of Sado IslandEnquire
Vintage prints each measuring between 25x16 to 25x19,5cm. Minor wear, a few images with small tear in the margin, 3 images with damage to surface, several images with with red lines indicating cropping for publication purposes, but overall in very good condition. Together with a signed copy of the first Asahi Shimbun edition. No. 994 of a limited edition of 2000 copies. Folio. Original cloth-backed boards in dustwrapper (lacking slipcase). Tokyo, dated: Showa 37 [i.e.
DU HALDE Jean Baptiste; GREEN John trans (1738-41)
A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese Tartary, together with the Kingdoms of Korea and Tibet:Enquire
Containing the Geography and History (Natural as well as Civil) of those Countries... With Notes Geographical, Historical, and Critical; and Other Improvements, particularly in the Maps, by the Translator. Second and best English edition. 2 vols. Engraved frontispiece, 13 engraved plates, and 51 engraved maps and plans (mostly folding), several woodcut illustrations in the text. Folio. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, some occasional light foxing and marginal browning, but generally a very good copy. [iv], xii, xii, [ii], 678; [iv], 388, pp. London, E. Cave,
MEDHURST Walter Henry (1849)
A glance at the Interior of China obtained during a journey through the Silk and Green Tea districts. The Chinese Miscellany No. 1Enquire
First edition. 7 plates (mostly folding), 2 folding maps and several illustrations in the text. 8vo. Original yellow board's, some restoration to cover and bookblock, minor fraying to edges. Benjamin Lincoln Ball's copy with copious diary entries in pencil on verso of plates. [ii], 192pp. Shanghai, Mission Press,
OGILBY John translator.; DAPPER Olfert author.; NIEUHOF Johan author & illustrator (1671)
An Embassy from the East India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China.Enquire
Delivered by their Excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his Imperial City of Peking. Wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking, are ingeniously described... Also an Epistle of Father John Adams their Antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation. With an Appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher... First English edition. Engraved portrait of Ogilby, engraved title, separate printed dedication leaf to the Lord Mayor of London, one double-page engraved map of China, 19 engraved plates (incl. folding plan of Canton), and 121 illustration in the text. Title, [iv], 327; 18; 106pp. London, J. Macock, 1669. & Atlas Chinensis: Being a second part of a relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-Roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East Tartary with a relation of the Netherlanders assisting the Tartar against Coxinga, and the Chinese fleet, who till then were masters of the sea. And a more exact geographical description than formerly, both of the whole empire of China in general, and in particular of every of the fifteen provinces. First English edition. Engraved title, 2 double-page engraved maps (not called for in the list of plates and often missing), 38 engraved plates (mostly double-page) and 57 illustration in the text. [iv], 723pp. Large folios. Uniformly rebound in contemporary-style calf, some occasional light waterstaining, but overall a very good, clean set. London, Tho. Johnson,
GORDON Surgeon General Charles Alexander (1884)
An Epitome of the Reports of the Medical Officers to the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service from 1871 to 1872.Enquire
With chapters on the history and medicine in China; materia medica, epidemics, famine, ethnology, and chronology in relation to medicine and public health. First and only edition. 4to. Original decorated cloth. Folding col. map frontispiece, separate Chinese printed title, repeated in gilt on upper cover. Damage to head- and tail-caps, minor staining, but very good inside. xvi, 435pp. London, Balliere Tindall, and Cox,
TAKAKUWA Katsuo editor (1926])
Arusu Shashin Nenkan - The ARS Annual for Photographers 1926Enquire
First edition. 72 photographic plates. Japanese text with English abstract. 8vo. Original boards in slipcase, minor damage to headcaps, still a very good copy. 85(text), [vi](ads.)pp. Tokyo, Ars, dated: Taisho 15, [i.e.
CRANE Louise (1926)
China in Sign and SymbolEnquire
First edition. Frontispiece, 38 colour lithograph plates, and 8 photographic plates. 4to. Original cloth (lacking dustwrapper), damage (repaired) to spine, light staining, still a very good copy. Together with an album of 18 leaves painted by Zhou Peichun (Beijing) in watercolour and gouache, all captioned in Chinese. [xx], 227pp. Shanghai, Kelly & Walsh,
HOCHI SHIMBUNSHA (1934])
Dai 1-kai Hochi Shimbunsha Kensho: Snappu Kokoku Shashin-shu. [The First Competition of Hochi Newspaper Snap Advertising Photographs]Enquire
First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Large 8vo. Original flexible boards (slight staining, wear to spine, top right corner sunned), but overall still a very good copy. Unpaginated. Tokyo, Hochi Shinbunsha, dated Showa 9, [i.e.
NEWS DEPARTMENT OF IMPERIAL ARMY HEADQUARTERS. ; DAIHON'EI RIKUGUN HODO-BU (1944])
Firipine Kyowakoku [Philippine Republic] - Hodo ShashinshuEnquire
First edition. Numerous photographic plates and illustrations. 8vo. Original decorated wrappers. 128pp. Tokyo, Mainichi Shimbunsha, Showa 19 [i.e.
MATSUGI Fujio (1966])
Gakuto Shutsujin - kaigun yobi gakusei no kiroku [Departure of Students for the Front - A Record of Student Marine Reservists]Enquire
First edition, fourth printing. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Large 8vo. Original cloth in dustwrapper, obi, and plastic wrapper. A very good copy. 153pp. Tokyo, Asahi Shimbunsha, dated: Showa 41 [i.e.
KAWATA T (1927)
Glimpses of the East - Official Shipper's Guide, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, 10th Annual Issue, 1927-1928Enquire
4to. Numerous tinted and black and white illustrations, coloured map to the front endpapers. Very good in the original pebble-grained cloth, gilt, just a little rubbed. Thumb-indexed by country and each country paginated separately, but c.650pp. Tokyo, Japan Advertiser,
PAPINOT Edmond (1909])
History and Geography of JapanEnquire
with 300 illustrations, 18 Appendixes and several maps. First edition. 11 double-page colour lithograph maps and two plans. 8vo. Original cloth, a very good ex-bibrary copy (stamps on verso of title). [xiv], 842pp. Yokohama, Kelly & Walsh, dated: Meiji 42, [i.e.
NIHO Yoshio (1964)
Hitotsu no Hoshi [One Star]Enquire
First edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. Japanese text. 8vo. Original boards in dustwrapper and outer plastic cover, minor marginal browning and slight foxing to prelims. 165pp. Kyoto, Project Committee to Publish Yoshio Niho Photographic Works,
LIBERTY Emma Lasenby (1890s])
Japan - A Pictorial Record.Enquire
First edition. No. 143 of a limited edition of 200 copies. 50 collotype plates with text on facing tissue guards (one plate with purple crayon stain). Oblong folio. Original cloth, minor restoration, overall a very good copy. Presentation inscription on title. [ii](credits&index)pp. London, Adam Charles Black, n.d. [but ca.
MERCANTILE MARINE BUREAU (1909)
Japanese Shipping, Ancient and Modern.Enquire
First edition thus. 73 collotype plates. Oblong folio. Original brocade binding (minor rubbing and wear to hinges and corners), gilt stamp on front cover: "Cruising Library Association", overall still a very good copy. Gilt-speckled endpapers, a.e.g. Tokyo, Ogawa Isshin,
WATHEN James (1814)
Journal of a Voyage in 1811 & 1812 to Madras & ChinaEnquire
Returning by the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena; in the H.C.S. The Hope, Capt. James Pendergrass. First edition. 24 hand-coloured aquatint views. 4to. Cloth with leather spine, rebacked. Inner margin of browned and foxed title page has been professionally renewed as has the margin of one plate. A very little light foxing. Overall a good copy. xx, 246pp. London, J. Nichols etc. etc.
UCHIDA Masao (1875])
Kanpan - Yochi Shiryaku [A Compilation of Geographical Knowledge]Enquire
First edition. A very good early impression. 9 volumes (of 13). Numerous woodblock maps, plates and illustrations, several engraved plates. Fukuruto-ji. Original covers with printed title-slips, some very occasional minor worming, generally a very good, clean set preserved in modern chitsu. Tokyo, Nakamura Kumajiro/ Kobayashi Shinbe, Meiji 3-Meiji 8 [i.e. 1870-
AUDSLEY George A.; BOWES James L (1881)
Keramic Art of JapanEnquire
First 4to. edition. Frontispiece and 32 plates (16 colour chromo-lithograph) and numerous illustrations. Large 4to. Original decorated cloth, very minor foxing to prelims, but generally still a very good copy. [xii], 304pp. a.e.g. London, H. Sotheran,
UEDA, Shoji (1986)
Kidou kaiki [Return Orbit] - Polaroid 35m/m Photo AlbumEnquire
First edition. One of a limited edition of 1000 copies. 3 volumes. 21, 20, 21 loose plates (several in colour). Oblong folio. Original flexible cloth folders in cardboard slipcase. Overall a close to fine set. No text. Tokyo, Privately Printed,
KIMURA Ihei (1954])
Kimura Ihei Kessaku Shashinshu - Select Pictures by Kimura IheiEnquire
First edition. 132 photographic illustrations. List of plates in English and Japanese. Text in Japanese only. 4to. Original cloth in dustwrapper (slightly rubbed, closed tear) and original slipcase, very good inside. [vi], , 28, [viii](ads.)pp. Tokyo, Asahi Shimbunsha, dated: Showa 29 [i.e.
UTAGAWA Sadahide.; HASHIMOTO Gyokuran. Also known as (1870)
Meiji sannen kaisei bankoku yochi bunzu. [Select plates of the Geography of the 10,000 Countries, revised in the third year of the Meiji reign].Enquire
First edition. 11 double-page colour woodblock plates. Complete. 8vo. Original boards with printed title-slip. Marginal rodent damage to lower left corner, but overall still a very good copy. Tokyo, Kinokuniya Genbei, dated: Meiji 3, i.e.
AMIOT Joseph SJ, and others (1814)
Mémoires concernant l'histoire, les sciences, les arts, les moeurs, les usages . . . des Chinois . . . par les Missionnaires de PekinEnquire
First edition. 17 bound in 16 vols. Two frontispiece portraits, 193 engraved plates (some folding), maps, and tables. 4to. Uniformaly bound in 19th century polished calf, elegantly rebacked. Some occasional minor staining (damp and waterstaining affecting vol. 2), but overall a very good set. Paris, Nyon/Treuttel & Würtz, 1776-
SUZUKI Kiyoshi (1994)
Nagare no Uta - Soul and Soul; Yume no hashiri - S Street Shuffle; Gusha no Fune - The Ship of Fools; Shura no Tani - Finish Dying; DurasiaEnquire
First editions. 5 titles. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Oblong 8vo. Original bindings. Yokohama, Privately Printed, 1972-
SOUCIET Etienne editor.; GAUBIL Antoine and others (1732)
Observations mathématiques, astronomiques, geographiques, chronologiues et physiques, tirées des anciens livres Chinois:Enquire
ou faites nouvellement aux Indes et a la Chine, par les peres de la Compagnie de Jesus. First edition. 3 vols bound in 2. 11 engraved plates and maps (8 folding). 4to. Rebound in modern half-calf, some annotations in ink in an early 19th century hand, overall a very good copy. , xxv, , 294 (corrigenda); , xxix, 188; , 373pp. Paris, Rollin, 1729-
MACARTNEY ROBBINS Helen H (1908)
Our First Ambassador To China: An Account of the Life of George, Earl of Macartney with Extracts from His Letters, and The Narrative of His Experiences in China.Enquire
as told by himself 1737-1806, from hitherto unpublished correspondence and documents. First edition. Photogravure frontispiece and 18 plates. 8vo. Original decorated cloth, minor wear but overall still a very good copy. xx, 479pp. London, John Murray,
CHEN Zhongming (1930)
Ouzhou hezuo sheye kaocha ji [A treatise on European Commercial Cooperation].Enquire
First edition. 6 photographic plates in the front, the first of the author together with Prof. Charles Gide in Paris. Several illustrations and folding tables. 8vo. Original decorated cloth. Light browning throughout due to poor paper quality, but overall a very good presentation copy signed by the author to Charles E. Tomlinson. Together with a printed envelope of 'The China Co-Operators' Union' containing the name-cards of the author and Mr. Joseph P. Tsu 'Commissioner of the Investigation of the Co-operative Movement in Europe'. [vi], 4, 4, 9, 270pp. Shanghai, Zhongguo hezuo xueshe,
TANAHASHI Shisui (1974)
Ryurai ryukyo 1954-1973 [The Stream comes and the Stream flows]Enquire
First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Folio. Original cloth in (slightly worn) slipcase, overall a very good presentation copy signed by the photographer on verso of half-title. Unpaginated. Tokyo, Privately Printed,
MURATA Fumio editor (Meiji 2 and Meiji 4 [1869 & 1871])
Seiyo Bunkenroku [Heard and Seen in the West]Enquire
First edition. Two parts in 8 volumes, complete. Three colour woodblock maps (two folding), one folding plate and several woodcut illustrations. Fukuruto-ji. Original covers with printed title-slips, generally in very good condition throughout, preserved in modern chitsu. Tokyo, Tenminkan.