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1 Bacon, George B. Siam. The Land of the White Elephant. As it Was and is
No Place CTC Books 0979807514 / 9780979807510 Trade Paperback Near Fine 
296 pp. With black and white illustrations throughout. A reprint of the 1881 edition, providing a historical account of Siam (Thailand) as it was in the late 1800's. This includes a look at the country, its rulers and then modern culture, the tribes of Northern Siam, customs, etc. NEAR FINE condition. Light soiling to the bottom page edges. A hint of edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2 Baker, Chris;Wyatt, David K.;Van der Kraan, Alfons;Pombejra, Dhiravat Na;Vliet, Jeremias Van Van Vliet's Siam
Thailand Silkworm Books 2005 9749575814 / 9789749575819 Trade Paperback Near Fine 
346 pages including index. With a few illustrations. A first English language translation of the diary of Jeremias Van Vliet, a Dutch merchant living in Siam (Thailand) between 1636 and 1640. This work provides an early history of Siam, as well as a look at its society, politics, economy and religion and the struggle for the crown. This originally appeared in four works. NEAR FINE condition with light edgewear. Pages browning a bit. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Along the Border of Heaven. Sung and Yuan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection, Barnhart, Richard M
3 Barnhart, Richard M Along the Border of Heaven. Sung and Yuan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection
New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1983 no Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Beige cloth. No jacket. Housed in a pictorial paper covered board slipcase. Folio. 191 pp. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. A detailed catalog of paintings from China from the Sung and Yuan dynasties. This includes histories, critical examinations and analyses of landscape paintings of the Five Dynasties (907-60) and the Northern Sung (960-1127); figure paintings of the Sung Dynasty (960-1279); album leaves of the Southern Sung Dynasty ((1127-1279); figure paintings of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368); landscape paintings of the early and late Yuan periods, etc. VERY GOOD book in a GOOD slipcase. Uneven fading to the cloth. Minor bumping along the extremities. Interior clean and solid. The slipcase is rather faded and scuffed, especially along the extremities. Some splitting and chipping along the edges. Upper edge with tape repairs along some longer splits affecting the top. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Across Thibet. Being a translation of
4 Bonvalot, Gabriel; Pitman, C.B. Across Thibet. Being a translation of "De Paris au Tonking a Travers le Tibet Inconnu."
New York Cassell Publishing Company 1892 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Brownish gray illustrated cloth. Quarto. 417 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. LACKING map in the front pocket. A detailed account of Bonvalot's 1889 expedition exploring and traveling through parts of China, Tibet and Lhasa, some of which had been previously unexplored by Europeans. This includes accounts of people and customs he encountered, as well a discussion of the land, etc. Gabriel Bonvalot was a French explorer, primarily traveling through central Asia and Tibet. GOOD condition. Lacking the map. Moderate to heavy fading to the covers. Some staining along the bottom edges, with areas of faint discoloration. Minor soiling. Moderate to heavy scuffing and bumping to the extremities. Cloth frayed at the spine tips. Endpapers foxed. Minor scattered soiling/staining in the interior. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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5 Buls, Charles;Tips, Walter E. J. Siamese Sketches
Bangkok White Lotus Press 1994 9748496236 / 9789748496238 Original Wraps Near Fine 
154 pages. With black and white photos throughout. A first person account of Buls travels in Siam in 1900, providing details on the culture, architecture, politics and religion of the country, including many controversial opinions. This work includes previously unpublished letters and photos. Buls was a mayor of Brussels. NEAR FINE with light edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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6 Chen, Ta Japanese Emigration to China.
New York Chinese Patriotic Committee of New York City, Publisher no Wraps Good 
no date, perhaps circa 1922. Printed wraps. 42 pp. A work examining Japanese emigration to China, asserting that most of it is a concerted effort by the government of Japan to establish an empire on the mainland of Asia, through the use of immigrants. The author cites secret Japanese documents, as well as other sources to back up his claim. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy foxing to the covers along the upper edges. Minor toning. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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7 Covell, Jon Carter Under the Seal of Sesshu
New York Hacker Art Books 1975 0878171436 / 9780878171439 Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
163 pp., plus black and white plates in the rear. A detailed study of the landscape paintings of Sesshu, examining the influence of Zen on his work, as well as its context in its culture, and impact in the world of art. Sesshu was a Japanese painter of the 1400s, highly acclaimed in both Japan and China. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading and edgewear. Owner's signature present, that of Edward Betts, an American landscape painter. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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8 Crow, Carl Japan and America. A Contrast
New York Robert M. McBride and Company 1916 no First Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 
First edition. Blue cloth. 316 pp including index. A study of the growing problems of Pacific Rim international relations, especially in relation to Japan and America. With a bias toward American interests (author states Japanese have 'lower requirements for living, lax ideas of morality,' etc.). The book examines Japan's rise to power, its relationship with China and Russia, and the impact of the ascendancy of Japan on the United States, both economically and politically. GOOD condition. Moderate fading to the covers. Moderate sized area of spotted discoloration/staining to the rear cover. Minor soiling. Spine sunned. Some scuffing, mostly along the extremities. Front interior hinge cracked and separating. Bracketing in pencil to the title page. Text block otherwise clean and solid. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Dae-jung, Kim Three Stage Approach to Korean Reunification Focusing On the South-North Confederal Stage
Los Angeles University of Southern California 1997 no Cloth Near Fine Very Good 
392 pages. A detailed explanation of Dae-jung's ideas on reuniting North and South Korea. Dae-jung was a political activist, kidnapped, imprisoned and exiled, but always seeking to develop a strategy to unite Korea under democratic principles. He became president of the Republic of Korea in 1998 and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. VERY GOOD jacket on a NEAR FINE book. Minor general scuffing and fading to the jacket, with some scuffing and curling along the extremities. Light fading to the book. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 Davis, Bonnie Postcards of Old Siam
Singapore Marshall Cavendish International 2005 9812046186 / 9789812046185 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
A pictorial history of Siam (Thailand) as depicted in old postcards. With historical and descriptive text accompanying the cards. NEAR FINE condition. Jacket in mylar fastened to the book, perhaps as issued by the publisher. Minor fading and rubbing. Price sticker on the rear jacket panel. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Dery, Luis Camara The Army of the First Philippine Republic and Other Historical Essays
Manila De La Salle University Press 1995 9715550908 Trade Paperback Very Good 
220 pages. With a few black and white photos. A history of the struggle for independence of the Philippines, from the formation of the Army of the First Philippine Republic and its fight against Spain, to the struggle against American rule and the interference of other nations in the struggle for autonomy. VERY GOOD condition with minor soiling to the covers. Minor fading. Light creasing to the corners. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Epitome of the Historical Drama,
12 Fukuchi Epitome of the Historical Drama, "Kasuga-No-Tsubone" (written by Mr. Fukuchi) and other plays performed by Danjuro and his Troupe, at the Kabukiza Theatre May, 1903
Kobiki-Cho, Tokyo Kabukiza Theatre, presumed Publisher no Wraps Fair 
no date, perhaps 1903. Printed wraps. 9 pages. Page 8 blank, with Japanese characters on the last page. Otherwise all text in English. A summary of scenes and acts, with a little printed dialogue of several plays performed at the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo in 1903. This includes Kasuga-No-Tsubone, Suo-Otoshi and Onna-Date Komagata Osen. These were apparently performed by Ichikawa Danjuro IX, a noted Kabuki actor of the Meiji Period, and considered a key factor in the continued popularity of Kabuki theater at that time (see Wikipedia). May, 1903 was Danjuro's last performance (he died in September of that year). The Kabuki-za Theatre was built in 1889 and rebuilt in 1921, continuing the Kabuki theater to the present. It was founded by Fukuchi Gen'ichiro, who wrote many of the plays that featured Danjuro (Wikipedia). FAIR condition. Moderate chipping, tearing and loss along the extremities, including what appears to be some nibbling at the lower right corner. Horizontal fold crease present. Heavy browning to the paper, which is rather brittle. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 Gale, James S. Korean Sketches
Seoul Kyung-In Publishing Co. 1975 no Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
256 pages plus an introduction. A reprint reproduced from the original 1898 text. While the text reproduced well, the illustrations are rather dark and not of good quality. A collection of essays by Gale, a Canadian missionary, giving his impressions of Korea. VERY GOOD+ condition. Light rubbing and a hint of soiling to the covers. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 Gardiner, Robert S. Japan as We Saw It
Boston Rand Avery Supply Company 1892 no Cloth Good 
Red cloth. 135 pp. Illustrations throughout, with a fold out map of Japan in the rear. This includes inset maps of the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Hiogo and Kobe, and Kyoto. An account of the author's travels to Japan as a tourist, written to provide practical advice as to expenses, customs, itineraries, sights, etc. As noted in the preface, the author chose to travel via first class accommodations. With chapters on Yokohama, Enoshima, Kamakura, Hakone, Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, the islands of Awaji and Shikoku, etc. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy uneven fading and offsetting to the covers. Minor soiling, scuffing and edgewear. Title page partially glued to the dedication page in the gutter, with jagged tearing and wear along this edge, where it was apparently lifted up at some point (with little success). Ownership signature present. Rear fold out map with some tearing to the lower left edge. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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15 Goullart, Peter Land of the Lamas. Adventures in secret Tibet
New York E.P Dutton 1959 no First American Edition Cloth Very Good Good 
First American edition. Orange cloth in unclipped jacket. 221 pp. With a few black and white photos and a map. An account of the author's explorations and experiences in Tibet, journeying to the Tibetan province of Khan as a businessman for a Chinese industrial cooperative. Learning of a secret Tibetan tribe, the Black Lolos or Princes of the Black Bone, Goullart sets out trying to document these people and their culture. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Moderate browning to the rear jacket. Some creasing and scuffing at the head and tail of the spine. Minor soiling and fading. Light fading to the book, with some bumping along the upper extremities. Text block toned. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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16 Ha, Young-Sun Nuclear Proliferation, World Order and Korea
Seoul Seoul National University Press 1985 no Cloth Good Good Ex-Library 
208 pp including index. Number 4 in the Institute of Social Sciences Korean Studies Series. An examination of global nuclear proliferation using North and South Korea as case studies and examining their then near nuclear capabilities . GOOD condition, ex-library. Spine label and pastedown present, with some stamping in the interior. Jacket in clear rubber cover fastened to the book. Minor soiling, fading, rubbing and edgewear to the jacket. Interior clean and solid with minor toning to the paper. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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17 Hamel, Hendrik Coree Korea 1653-1666
Bangkok White Orchid Press 1981 no Trade Paperback Very Good 
Red wraps. 128 pp. With a few woodcut illustrations. Text in English and French. A reprint of the 1704 London and 1732 Paris edition of this work by Hendrik Hamel, reproducing the text from the original. A account of the shipwreck and subsequent travels of Hendrik Hamel, a Dutch sailor. Hamel provides one of the first European accounts of Korea from firsthand observations, chronicling a nation that up until that point was little known to Europeans. With an historical introduction by Frederic Max, as well as commentary in the margins of the text itself, elucidating on names or other points of history. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading, mostly to the spine. Light edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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18 Hearn, Lafcadio "Out of the East." Reveries and Studies in New Japan
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1923 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Green cloth. No jacket. 341 pp. A later printing of this informal study and commentary on Japan, its culture and history, musing on art, the significance of Jiujutsu, the Stone Buddha, etc. Lafcadio Hearn was an American author perhaps best known for his writing on Japan and its culture. GOOD condition. Moderate uneven fading, heavier along the spine and extremities. Minor scuffing and edgewear. Owner's notes on a front endpaper. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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19 Hobart, Alice Tisdale Within the Walls of Nanking
New York The Macmillan Company no Cloth Good No Jacket 
no date, presumed circa 1928 based on OCLC records, although this imprint not listed. Beige cloth. No jacket. 243 pp. With a few black and white photos throughout, as well as two maps, all present as called for. An account of the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War, including fighting in Nanking (Nanjing). The author, wife of an American businessman, who had lived in interior China for close to twenty years, recalls the lives of both the average Chinese citizen and the hardships endured, as well as the anti-foreign sentiment they faced. This includes an account of fighting between Chinese soldiers and several US and British consul officials under 'siege' in a house, saved by the bombs from warships. Alice Tisdale Hobart was an American novelist, perhaps best known for her work 'Oil Lamps for China.' GOOD+ condition. Minor soiling and uneven fading to the covers, with minor scuffing. Spine rather darkened, with a few lighter flecks. Cloth at the head and tail frayed. Interior clean and solid with very light toning. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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20 Holder, R. W. Eleven Months in Malaya: September 1945 to August 1946
Kuala Lumpur Editions Didier Millet 2005 9814155136 / 9789814155137 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
158 pages. With a section of black and white photos. An examination of Malaysia in late 1945 to August 1946, when, after the sudden surrender of Japan, the country was left in the adminstrative control of British and Indian forces, studying the efforts of the British to control a country with little central organization. VERY GOOD condition. Jacket in mylaf affixed to the book. Minor rubbing, fading and edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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