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.
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.
VAN AALST Jules A (1933)
II. - Special Series No. 6. Later edition. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text. 4to. Original yellow wrappers, some wear to spine. A very good copy of this rare book. iv, 84pp. Peiping, Re-issued and sold by the French Bookstore under the authority of the Inspector General of Customs,
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])
Firipin 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,
TANAKA Kaoru (1944])
Higashi Indo - Jawa, Balii, Sombokku, Serebesu [East India - Java, Bali, Lombok, Celebes]Enquire
First edition. One of a limited edition of 2000 copies. 350 photographic illustrations. Text in Japanese. Folio. Original cloth in dustwrapper (minor fading). Overall a very good copy. 5, 8, 295pp. Tokyo, Meguro Shoten, dated: Showa 19, [i.e.
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.
LI Zhaoluo compiled by.; DONG Fangli drawn by (1832])
Huang chao yi tong yu di quan tu. [Complete Map of the Unified Realm of the Imperial Provinces]Enquire
Large map of China consisting of 48 woodblock printed plates (complete, each measuring 44,2x30cm, 3 on different paper but from the same blocks). Provincial boundaries coloured in outline, some manuscript annotations (some Chinese in a Western hand, some in French). Title, separate pattern-chart for assembling the sheets, and two leaves of text. Each plate backed onto patterned silk, some minor marginal fraying and surface wear, but overall a very good set. Yanghu [now Changzhou], Bian Zhi Shu Shu [Privately Printed], dated: Daoguang 12 [i.e.
HIRAYAMA FIRE WORKS (1900])
Illustrated Catalogue of Garden and Lawn PiecesEnquire
First and only edition. 40 numbered illustrations. Small 8vo. Original decorated wrappers, a very good copy. [iv]pp., 40ff, [ii]pp. Yokohama, n.d., [but ca. 1890]. Together with: Illustrated Catalogue of Night Bombshells of the Hirayama Fireworks Co., established 1876. First edition. 12 coloured plates containing over 200 illustrations of fireworks as well as a full-page plan of the factory. 8vo. Original printed wrappers, slightly worn. [ii](text)pp. Yokohama, ca. 1910. Together with one large folding sheet entitled: "Directions for Unloaded Bombshells" measuring ca. 36x38cm. Stencil-coloured. n.p., 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,
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,
KAMEKURA Yusaku (1971)
Kamekura Yusaku Sakuhinshu - Yusaku Kamekura: His worksEnquire
First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Text in English and Japanese. 4to. Original cloth-backed boards in decorated slipcase (slightly stained, minor damage to lower corner of case), but overall a very good presentation copy signed by the author on half-title. 199pp. Tokyo, Bijutsu Shuppansha,
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,
COULLAUD Henry (1901)
"Kulu" (in Chinese, i.e. Coullaud), a French Doctor during the Boxer RebellionEnquire
Two albums containing 50, 127 original photographs respectively, mostly silver gelatine prints, various sizes (between 17x12cm and 6x8cm). Paris/Tientsin, 14th August 1900-September 18th,
STATE COUNCIL OF THE MANCHOUKUO GOVERNMENT (1937)
Manchoukuo - A Pictorial SketchEnquire
First edition. 18 photographic plates. Folio. Original decorated wrappers (small defect to front, minor staining). Overall a very good copy. Unpaginated. Bureau of Information, General Affairs Board State Council,
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-