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.
UNKNOWN AUTHOR (1866)
A Record of the Professional Services of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hutcheon Hall, K.C.B. F.R.S. Compiled from Official and other DocumentsEnquire
First edition. One engraved plate. 8vo. Original blue cloth, overall a very good copy. [iv], 81pp. London, Printed for Private Circulation by Savill, Edwards & Co., 1867. Bound together with Captain Thomas STUART: Extract from a Nautical Essay on Sailors' Homes, and the Crimpage System, accompanied by some remarks on the indefatigable exertions of Rear-Admiral Hall. 20pp. London, Cawthorne and Hutt,
HALL Capt. Basil (1818)
Account of a Voyage of DiscoveryEnquire
to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island; with an Appendix, containing Charts, and various Hydrographical and Scientific Notices. First edition. 5 charts and 8 coloured aquatint plates and 2 other plates. 4to. Contemporary half calf, light browning to frontispiece, title dust-stained, overall still a very good copy. xvi, 222, cxxx, pp. London, John Murray,
VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS (1890s)
Album showing Hong Kong, Shanghai, Saigon, and SingaporeEnquire
Album containing 50 albumen prints, mostly large-format (27x21cm or 21x16cm). Most images titled in negative or annotated below in pencil, some spotting and foxing throughout. Oblong folio. Contemporary leather binding. Some rubbing and wear, but overall in very good condition.
MEDHURST Walter Henry (1848)
An Inquiry into the proper mode of rendering the word God in translating the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese LanguageEnquire
First edition. Chinese characters interspersed throughout the text. 8vo. New paper boards, printed paper label on spine. Partly foxed and browned, overall still a good copy. Ex-libris of John Lawson on front free pastedown. [ii], 170pp. Shanghae, Printed at the Mission Press,
HURLEY R. C. attrib (1890)
Brief account of the Visit of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to Hongkong in April 1890 - Compiled from the local journals and other sourcesEnquire
First and only edition. 5 original large albumen photographs mounted on cardboard (measuring between 26,7x18,3cm and 15,5x20,4cm, slightly faded) with printed captions in English and facing tissue guards. Small folio. Bound in red morocco, a very good copy. 36(text)pp. Hong Kong, Noronha & Co.
ARMY HEADQUARTER SURVEYING DEPARTMENT (1934])
Can mou ben bu lu di ce liang zong ju er shi yi, er nian ye wu bao gao shu. [A written report by the Head Office of the Army Land Surveying Department for the years 1932 and 1933]Enquire
First and only edition. Numerous photographic plates, tables, and fold-out maps (complete). Large 8vo. Original decorated wrappers, minor wear to spine, a few minor tears to folds, but overall still a very good copy. Unpaginated. [Nanjing], [Guo min zheng fu can mou ben bu lu di ce liang zong ju], dated: 23rd year of the Republic, [i.e.
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.
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,
SAVAGE John Lucian (1944)
Government of China - Ministry of Economic Affairs - National Resources Commission. Preliminary Report on the Yangtze Gorge Project. & Preliminary Report on the Ta-Tu-Ho and Ma-Pien-Ho Projects. Upper Ming-kiang and Kwan-Hsien Projects. Lung-Chi-Ho Projects. Tang-Lang-Chuan ProjectsEnquire
First and only edition. Copy No. 4. 18; 55 fold-out maps and diagrams (complete). Mimeograph. Folio. Contemporary cloth. A fine copy. 98; [xii], 238ff. Chungking, November
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,
UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (1910s)
HMS Widgeon patrolling the YangtzeEnquire
Album with Thirty-three Original Photographs of the Upper and Middle Yangtze River. Thirty-three mounted gelatin silver prints, mostly ca. 8x10,5 cm or slightly smaller. Large 8vo (ca. 26x16 cm). Original green full cloth album with gilt lettered title “Photographs” on the front board. 24 card stock leaves (6 blank). 6 family photos of the same size at rear. Slightly rubbed on extremities and weak on hinges, several images slightly faded, but overall in good condition. N.p., ca.
BRAND Adam.; IDES Eberhard Ysbrand (1698)
Journal of the Embassy from their Majesties John and Peter Alexievitz, Emperors of Muscovy, etc. Over Land into ChinaEnquire
Through the Provinces of Ustiugha, Siberia, Dauri, and the Great Tartary, to Peking, the Capital City of the Chinese Empire... Translated from the Original in High-Dutch, Printed at Hamburgh, 1698. First edition. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Czar Peter the Great and two engraved plates. 12mo. Contemporary calf, slightly worn, but very good inside. Engraved ex-libris from the Macclesfield library. Title, 134pp. London, D. Brown & T. Goodwin,
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.
JOHNSTON Reginald Fleming (1935)
Kinjo no kiko [Twilight in the Forbidden City]: Manshukoku Kotei heika on oitachi no kiEnquire
First Japanese edition, second printing (not for sale). Numerous photographic plates (one folding), 12 facsimile plates of calligraphy, one genealogical table, and two folding maps. 8vo. Original purple silk presentation binding in original box. a.e.g. 22, 6, 516pp. Tokyo, Kanto Gen'yosha Shuppanbu,
GUNJI KYOIKU KENKYUKAI. ; ARMY EDUCATION RESEARCH UNIT (1935])
Manshukoku Kotei Heika goraiho kinen shashincho. [Memorial Album of His Imperial Majesty's visit to Japan]Enquire
First edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. Small oblong folio. Original decorated boards in original box, a fine copy. 64(text)pp. Tokyo, Shubunkan, dated: Showa10 [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-
ANDRADE Jose Ignacio (1824)
Memoria sobre a destruicao dos Piratas de China de que era chefe o celebre Cam-Pau-Sai, e o desembarque dos Inglezes na Cidade de Macau, e sua retiradaEnquire
First edition. 12mo. Later plain wrappers. Title soiled, somewhat crude repairs to verso of leaf A2, some dampstaining to first few leaves, but overall a good tight copy. Lisbon, Impressao Regia,
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-
WILLIAMS Samuel Wells (1859)
Narrative of the American Embassy to Peking, in July, 1859Enquire
First edition. Offprint from the Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 8vo. Bound in modern half-calf, a very good presentation copy from John E. Ward to the Rt. Hon. Lord Lyndhurst. 37pp. [Shanghai],