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"Out of the East." Reveries and Studies in New Japan

By: Hearn, Lafcadio

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1923


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. View more info

A Day in Taiwan

By: Kuo, Paul.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: No Place, No Publisher,


No publisher, place or date. Presumed early 1960s. Green cloth. No jacket. Unpaginated. Black and white illustrations by Paul Kuo. A collection of illustrations and vignettes depicting life and culture on Taiwan. GOOD condition. Moderate fading to the spine, with otherwise minor general fading. Minor soiling and edgewear. Owner's gift inscription present. Light toning to the paper. View more info

A Journey Through Chinese Hell. Hell Scrolls of Taiwan

By: Donnelly, Neal.

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Taipei, Artist Publishing Co, 1990


Illustrated wraps. Quarto. 138 pp. Color photos throughout. A descriptive catalog accompanying an exhibition of Taiwanese/Chinese Hell Scrolls, providing a history of their use in China, as well as the rituals associated with their use. With interpretations of photos of examples of Hell Scrolls. GOOD condition. General fading, minor scuffing and soiling to the covers. Some creasing and curling at the corners. Small price sticker on the rear cover. Owner's signature prese... View more info

A Timely Encounter. Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Japan

By: Various authors.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Cambridge, MA, Peabody Museum Press, 1988


Oblong quarto. 71 pp. Black and white reproductions of photos throughout. A catalog to an exhibition of 19th century photographs of Japan and its people. This includes essays on the art and ideas behind Western photography of the people of Japan, including poses and themes, as well as a look at important photographers of the genre. GOOD condition, ex-library, with a label taped to the lower corner. Withdrawn stamp in the interior. General toning to the covers, with minor... View more info

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Across Thibet. Being a translation of "De Paris au Tonking a Travers le Tibet Inconnu."

By: Bonvalot, Gabriel; Pitman, C.B.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Cassell Publishing Company, 1892


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 As... View more info

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Along the Border of Heaven. Sung and Yuan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection

By: Barnhart, Richard M

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983


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); fi... View more info

Art and Artists of Twentieth Century China

By: Sullivan, Michael

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press, 1996

Edition: First Edition


First edition. Light blue cloth in unclipped jacket. Folio. 354 pp. Color and black and white reproductions of art throughout. A history of art in China during the twentieth century, examining the influence of Western ideas and modernism on traditional Chinese concepts, as well as the influence of Communism on art in China. With a look at notable Chinese artists. GOOD condition. Minor fading, scuffing and soiling to the jacket. Extremities bumped and creased, with a fe... View more info

Burma: A Handbook of Practical Information

By: Scott, James George

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Bangkok, Orchid Press, 1999


Stiff paper covers with a printed brown wrapper. 536 pp. With a fold out map in the rear and photos throughout. A reprint of a work originally published in 1906, providing a history of Burma, as well as a look at it's then current industries, culture and religion. This includes sections on the Riang tribes, opium growing, the third war with Britain, railways, teak exports, the Kuki-Chin, the Karens, etc. NEAR FINE with a hint of wear along the extremities. Interior clean... View more info

Catholic Korea Yesterday and Today (1784-1884)

By: Kim, Father Joseph Chang-mun; Chung, John Jae-sun

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Seoul, St. Joseph Publishing Co., 1984


367 pp. Black and white photos throughout, with a few fold out color plates. A reprint of this history of the introduction and spread of Catholicism in the Republic of Korea, including early missionaries. This reprint republishes the first three hundred pages of the original, focusing on the initial introduction of Catholicism in Korea to the end of the 19th century. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Heavy scuffing to the jacket along the extremities and hinges. Some fadi... View more info

Children of China

By: Wylie, Margaret. Buck, Pearl S. (foreword)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Hong Kong, Dragonfly Books, 1965


Stated third printing. Small trade paperback format. 129 pp Black and white photographs throughout. A study of the life of a child in China, discussing topics such as the State and the parent, the 'emancipation' of women, schooling, organizations including the cult of physical labor, reading and children, cultural entertainment and recreation, children in the care of the Party (Communist), welfare and health, etc. GOOD+ condition. Minor fading. Minor to moderate scuffing... View more info

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China and Her People. Two Volumes

By: Denby, Charles

Price: $140.00

Publisher: Boston, L.C. Page and Company, 1906


Green cloth illustrated in gilt. xx, 256; viii, 276 pp. Fold out map present in volume one. Black and white photo plates throughout. MISSING the frontispiece in volume two, as well as the photo at page 180 in the same volume. All other photos present as called for. Written by an American diplomat to China, this work offers his perspective of the history and culture of China, discussing art and language, women in China, slavery, disposal of the dead, Chinese riots, Japane... View more info

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China and the Chinese: A general description of the country and its inhabitants; its civilization and its form of government; its religious and social institutions; its intercourse with other nations; and its present condition and prospects.

By: Nevius, John L.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Harper and Brothers, 1869


Purple cloth. 456 pp. With a fold out map and black and white illustrations throughout. A study of life in China, with many chapters devoted to a look at the practice of Buddhism, Confucianism, and other religions, as well as superstitions and the practice of divination. With sections on language, culture and missionary work in China. By Rev. John L. Nevius, who served as a missionary for ten years in China, and was noted for his pioneering work as a missionary, includin... View more info

Chinese Paintings of the Yuan Dynasty on Buddhist and Taoist Figure Subjects. January 31-March 2, 1975

By: No Author Given

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Tokyo, Tokyo National Museum, 1975


White/Black printed wraps. Unpaginated, approximately 100 or so pages. Black and white and few color illustrations throughout. Text in English and Japanese. A primarily visual record of this 1975 exhibition of paintings from China on Buddhist and Taoist people, dating from the Yuan Dynasty. With a descriptive list of the paintings in the exhibition. GOOD condition. Some scuffing and soiling to the covers, with general fading. Minor bumping and creasing along the extremi... View more info

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Color Map of Japan/Java

By: No Author

Price: $25.00

Publisher: No Place, Geo. F. Cram, publisher.,


No date, perhaps pre-1918. 14 ½ by 10 3/4 inches (for whole page). A two sided color map, disbound from a larger work, with one side depicting Japan and the other the island of Java. With a little extra piece jutting out from the lower left portion of Japan to include all of the southern Japanese Islands. VERY GOOD condition. Light toning, wrinkling and a hint of soiling. View more info

Coree Korea 1653-1666

By: Hamel, Hendrik

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Bangkok, White Orchid Press, 1981


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 int... View more info