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.
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.
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.
ONCHI Koshiro bookdesign & illustrations.; KITAHARA Tetsuo photographer (1934)
Hiko Kanno [The Sensation of Flight]Enquire
First edition. Numerous photographic and abstract colour illustrations. Large 8o. Original decorated boards in original glassine wrapper and slipcase. A fine presentation copy to Hasegawa Kiyoshi signed by Onchi on the title-page. Tokyo, Hanga-so,
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,
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,
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.
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-
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.
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-
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.
INOUE Renpei.; HASEGAWA Sadanobu (1873])
Seiyo ebiki setsuyoshu (Japanese-English Vocabulary)Enquire
First edition. Double-page colour woodblock frontispiece to both volumes. 2 vols. 8vo. Original stitched wrappers with printed title-slip, slightly rubbed, minor worming to vol. 2, but generally in very good condition. Osaka, Onoki Ichibei/Hobundo, dated Meiji 5-6, [i.e. 1872-
GOTO, Keiichiro (1973)
Shashin-shu - PhotographyEnquire
First edition. 2 vols. No. 34 of a limited edition of 510 copies. Numerous photographic plates (2 tipped in). Imperial folio. Original decorated cloth in (slightly warped) plastic dustwrappers, slipcases and outer cardboard box (very light foxing), but overall still a very good set, signed by the photographer on front free endpaper of each volume. Unpaginated. A.e.g. Nagoya, Privately Published,
OSAKA ASAHI SHINBUNSHA (1922])
Shashin Shuho - Semi Annual PictorialEnquire
First edition. One folding frontispiece and 200 photographic plates. Japanese text. Oblong folio. Original decorated flexible boards, some wear throughout, but overall still a good copy. Unpaginated. Osaka, Asahi Shimbunsha, dated: Taisho 11, 11-gatsu, [i.e. November
NARAHARA, Ikko (1969)
Supein: Idanaru Gogo - Espana Grand Tarde Fiesta Vaya Con DiosEnquire
First edition. 2 vols. Numerous photographic plates. Folio. Original decorated boards in decorated slipcase, plastic wrapper, and outer cardboard box, a very good copy. Together with a folio booklet of Japanese and English text. Decorated endpapers. 239; pp. Tokyo, Kyuryudo,
TOKUBETSU DAIENSHU TOKAN-BU Special Large-scale Manoeuvres Supervisory Committee (1921])
Taisho kyunen tokubetsu daienshu gaikoku bukan kodo shashin-cho. [A photograph album of foreign military officers during special lerge-scale maneuvers in the year 1920]Enquire
First and only edition. Not for sale. 40 collotype plates. Oblong folio. Original brocade-covered boards with printed title-slip. Overall a very good copy. Kyoto, Benrido, Taisho 21 [i.e.
SUZUKI Kiyoshi (1982)
Tenmaku no machi [A Town of Tents] - Mind GamesEnquire
First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Oblong 8vo. Original flexible boards in dustwrapper. Decorated endpapers. Folding colour plate loosely inserted. A close to fine copy. Unpaginated. Yokohama, Yugensha [Privately Printed],
KAEMPFER, Engelbert (1727)
The History of Japan: Giving an Account of the ancient and present State and Government of that Empire;Enquire
of its Temples, Palaces, Castles, and other Buildings; of Its Metals, Minerals, Trees, Plants, Animals, Birds and Fishes; Of The Chronology and Succession of the Emperors, Ecclesiastical and Secular; Of The Original Descent, Religions, Customs and Manufactures of the Natives, and of their Trade and Commerce with the Dutch and the Chinese. Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam... With the Life of the Author and an Introduction. First English edition. 2 vols. Engraved half-title to vol. 1, 45 engraved maps & plates, many folding. Folio. Original boards, rebacked in calf. An honest, unsophisticated copy in very good condition, plate 1 supplied from another copy. [xii], lii, 391, [iv](explanation of plates), [vi](index to both volumes)pp.; [iv], pp.393-612, 75, [iv](explanation of plates)pp. London, Thomas Woodward,
CESARI, Giuseppe (1630])
The martyrdom of Paolo Michi, Giovanni Goto, and Giacomo GhisaiEnquire
Folio (445 x 340 mm), with engraved inscription below image; minimally trimmed at foot (just touching text); very lightly browned and a few spots; minute wormtrack restored below image; a good impression; the paper with fleur-de-lys watermark. Rome, Valérien Regnart, n.d. [ca
SANEYOSHI Yasuzumi, Baron (1901)
The surgical history of the Naval War between Japan & China during 1894-95Enquire
Translated from the Original Japanese Report, under the Direction of... by S. Suzuki. First edition thus. Photo-gravure portrait frontispiece of the author, 14 chromo-lithographic plates, & 7 black and white plates. Large 8vo. Original green cloth, a fine copy. xii, 544, [iv](ads.)pp. t.e.g. Tokyo, Maruzen,
SCHOOL OF HOKUSAI (1860s])
Tokaido 53tsugi zu [Plates of the 53 Stations of the Tokaido]Enquire
An album of twelve mounted paintings, each measuring ca. 33x31cm, ink and colour on silk, the last inscribed 'Hokusai hitsu' with hanko seal. Orihon with elaborate brocade covers, early 19th century, some age-wear, minor browning and staining, but overall in good condition. Ms. label on top board giving title and stating artist as 'Katsushika Hokusai'. Preserved in Japanese modern wooden storage box. N.p., n. d. [but ca.
SHIMIZU, Sanjiro (1896])
Tokugawa hafu Edo sanjuroku jomon gajo [Illustrations of the thirty-six gates to Edo during the Tokugawa Bakufu]Enquire
First and only edition. Map, one plate, and 36 colour lithograph plates with descriptive text (Japanese) on facing tissue guard. Large oblong 8vo. Original printed decorated wrappers, preserved in modern chitsu, light browning, but overall a very good copy. Unpaginated. Tokyo, Toyodo, dated: Meiji 29 [i.e.