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  • World War II Photographica]

    Published by [At sea in the South Pacific, and on Guam], 1944

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    Twenty loose photographs. Minor wear, a few images slightly faded. Very good. An interesting and unique group of annotated photographs from an unknown United States Navy midshipman aboard the USS PRESIDENT MONROE, recording activities in the Pacific Theater during World War II. All twenty photographs have notes written on one or both sides. The USS PRESIDENT MONROE was built just prior to World War II, and proved instrumental during the Gilbert Islands invasion, the operations in the Marshall Islands, and at the invasion of Guam. All three of these events are memorialized here, with images of the Navy on and in the waters around Guam, a shot of indigenous people and another of a U.S. tank on Tarakawa, Gilbert Islands, and shots of prisoners of war captured on the Marshall Islands. Five of the photographs show the Japanese and Korean prisoners of war in the sick bay aboard the MONROE. Four of the photographs depict Japanese prisoners; one image shows Korean captives. One shot shows a Navy doctor performing a surgical procedure on one of the wounds of the "Wounded Jap prisoner of war.captured in Marshall Islands." Another photograph of a struggling Japanese P.O.W. is annotated on the verso, "Wounded Jap prisoner of war in sick bay on board USS Pres. Monroe, was captured on Marshall Islands. Note shrapnel wounds on legs." The notation on the back of a photograph picturing a trio of P.O.W.s standing amidst armed American soldiers reads: "Korean war prisoners captured on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Picture was taken in brig on U.S.S. Pres. Monroe." Other images show the destruction of Kwajalein (one of the Marshall Islands) and Navy men on Tarawa, in the Gilbert Islands.

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  • Japanese Americana]: [Washington State]

    Published by Kanzo Nihira, Tacoma, Wa., 1919

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    [8]pp. Primarily in Japanese but with a few words in English. Small folio newspaper on two folded sheets. Minor staining or dust-soiling, minor edge wear and toning, small chip in bottom margin of first leaf, not affecting text. Very good. Single issue of a rare Japanese-language newspaper printed in Tacoma just after World War I. The paper was published by Kanzo Nihira at 1502 1/2 Broadway in Tacoma. The text is printed entirely in Japanese, except for some vital information publication information printed in English in the masthead. Tacoma, like numerous cities on the west coast of the United States, had a fairly vibrant "Japantown" in the early-20th century. As with these other communities, the relocation of vast numbers of Tacoma's Japanese-American community to relocation camps during World War II greatly disrupted their lives, and helps account for the loss of much of the printed ephemeral evidence that was once part of their daily routine. This newspaper provides a rare and important glimpse into the lives of the Japanese- American community in Washington State just after the Great War. We have previously handled only three issues of this rare Japanese-American newspaper from the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Matthews, R. Jr.

    Published by [Np, 1910

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    169pp. Mimeographed typescript printed on recto only. Quarto. Leather-backed cloth. Some wear at spine ends, else very good. A journal recording a six-month tour round the world, beginning in London during the winter of 1909. Matthews includes descriptions of towns and sights in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada. He visited many cities in Japan, staying in the best tourist hotels in such places as Nagoya, Kyoto, Shinmaizura, Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, giving good descriptions of natural scenery, people, industry, factories, etc. In Tokyo Matthews visited an art museum: "Mr. Okura has spent an immense sum in acquiring the huge collection of Art treasures, and resides near the Museum." Matthews was particularly interested in heavy machinery and manufacturing, and while in Japan he made a point of meticulously recording the particulars of imported American and British machinery used in factories there. From Yokohama Matthews travelled by steamer to Victoria, and also visited Banff, Winnipeg, Toronto, Niagara, Montreal and Quebec.

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  • Japanese-American Photographica]

    Published by [N.p., but likely California, 1960

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    Panoramic silver gelatin photograph, 8 x 19 3/4 inches. Moderate edge wear, creasing, and soiling, small edge chips and a few short tears. Long hook-shaped closed vertical tear at middle of image. Good. A sobering panoramic photograph featuring the attendees of a Japanese-American funeral in the mid-20th century. The image features about a hundred finely-dressed Japanese Americans ranged around a flower-covered coffin at center. Elderly attendees sit in the pews of what appears to be a Buddhist Temple. Interestingly, those standing at the altar all appear to be Japanese-American, while the majority of those sitting in the pews appear to be Caucasian. Unfortunately, the photograph is not titled and does not reveal a photographer's credit, leaving the ultimate identity of the attendees and the location of the funeral unknown.

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  • Japanese Woodblock Prints]

    Published by Printed for the Book Club of California, San Francisco, 1962

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    [8]pp., followed by twenty-eight full-page colored prints, each print preceded by a leaf identifying the artist and a leaf of explanatory text. Folio. Original half cloth and patterned paper boards, paper label. Fine. In a plain red dust jacket, slightly faded. One of 400 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with the prints culled from the private collection of Edwin and Marjorie Grabhorn. The Grabhorns produced three such books, the first focusing on figure prints and the second on landscape. This final volume in the trilogy centers around portrait prints, or prints with people as their main subject. GRABHORN BIBLIOGRAPHY 638.

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    Chinese Americana]: [California]

    Published by San Francisco, 1940

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    Five issues. 24; 24; 20; 24; 40pp., including numerous illustrations and printed advertisements, plus one mailing envelope. Quarto periodical. Original pictorial wrappers, stapled. Some light tanning and soiling to most issues. Manuscript signature of Chinese American actor and public figure Chingwah Lee on envelope. Very good plus. Five issues of this edifying and entertaining English-language magazine from San Francisco's Chinatown, one of the first English-language periodicals written by Chinese Americans for Chinese Americans. The CHINESE DIGEST began publication in late 1935, and operated as a weekly until the end of 1936 before transitioning to a monthly publication in 1937 and 1938. Struggling finances allowed it to put out only three issues in 1939 and two in 1940 before shuttering its operations. This grouping contains the March and December issues of 1937, December 1938 issue, and both of the 1940 issues. "In the 1930s the war in Asia, provoked by Japan's invasion of Manchuria and then China, sent waves across the Pacific that forced many Nisei and American-born Chinese to confront, head on, their political and cultural perspectives as children of Asian immigrants with U.S. citizenship. During 1935, Thomas W. Chinn founded the CHINESE DIGEST in San Francisco with those local and international tensions in mind. He announced in the first issue that the magazine's writers would combat the stereotype of 'the Chinese as a sleepy Celestial enveloped in mists of opium fumes or a halo of Oriental philosophy.[while keeping] alive the culture of the old world.' He also sought to highlight the economic and social welfare of U.S. Chinatowns. Chinn wanted the CHINESE DIGEST not merely to 'chronicle the present- day life of Chinese in America' but also to cover 'Far Eastern news and events' in order to 'give the truth on the Far East fearlessly and directly'" - (Friday, p.147). This well-illustrated periodical contains a wealth of details about life for Chinese Americans in the 1930s, including local news and gossip about cultural events as well as reports on developments in the increasingly tumultuous far East. It was cofounded with Chinn by actor and public figure Chingwah Lee, "one of the most influential San Franciscans of the 20th century" (Fong, p.37). Lee began his public efforts at a young age, founding the Chinese Boy Scouts Troop 3 in 1914, which served as honor guard to President Taft at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition the next year. He later spoke publicly at numerous conferences, organized several community groups, and appeared in the 1937 Hollywood adaptation of THE GOOD EARTH. Included with this collection of issues is an envelope addressed to famed naturalist, marine biologist, and explorer Dr. William Beebe (and which was apparently returned to sender). The envelope also contains the return address stamp of the Chinese Digest, signed in manuscript by Chingwah Lee. An invaluable source on the Chinese-American population in the years leading up to World War II, written about, for, and by that community. Chris Friday, "Recasting Identities: American- born Chinese and Nisei in the Era of the Pacific War" in Richard White & John M. Findlay, editors, POWER AND PLACE IN THE NORTH AMERICAN WEST (Seattle, 2015). Atha Fong, "Chingwah Lee: San Francisco Chinatown's Renaissance Man" in THE JOURNAL OF THE CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (San Francisco: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2011), pp.37-48.

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    Osborn, Sherard, Capt.

    Published by Edinburgh & London, 1859

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    210pp. plus 16pp. publisher's advertisements at rear. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Some wear to spine ends, inner hinges cracked but holding. A few fox marks on titlepage and in margins; small, neat bookplate. A good plus copy. Second edition, published same years as the first. Osborn was a captain in the Royal Navy. He describes travel from China to Japan, Japanese scenery at Nagasaki, the Dutch establishment in Japan, a visit by the governor of Nagasaki, an earthquake at Simoda, and a visit to Yedo, as well as Japanese customs and attitudes of the Japanese toward westerners. An interesting account by a British naval officer just after the opening of Japan. CORDIER, BIBLIOTHECA JAPONICA 541.

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  • Hawaiian Young Buddhists Association]

    Published by [Hilo, Hi.], 1939

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    Two silver gelatin photographs, each 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Minor surface wear and light scratches. Near fine. A wonderful pair of images capturing the 1939 graduating classes, teachers, and staff of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin in Hilo, Hawaii. One image shows the female graduates of the high school; the second shows the middle school graduates. Each is captioned near the bottom in Japanese and both are dated "June 4, 1939" in ink at lower left. The mission also housed a branch of the Hawaiian Young Buddhists Association, evidenced by the sign hanging over the entrance to the building, and the students pictured here were likely members of HYBA, as well. The Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin still stands and still serves the Buddhist community in Hilo. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hawaii, still houses a Young Buddhists Association, and services over 500 families in the Hilo area.

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    World War II]: [Japanese Military]

    Published by [Manila, 1943

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    [103] leaves of photographic illustrations. Printed in Japanese characters. Quarto. Original red cloth spine and illustrated paper boards. Spine neatly repaired, extremities worn. Contents generally clean. Very good. Pictorial account of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, published as a propaganda piece to support and commemorate the endeavor. Photographs are captioned in Japanese, and include images of Japanese soldiers involved in actions all over the Philippines, as well as a grateful populace. One image shows Japanese soldiers handing out treats to Filipino children. There are also several photographs of American POWs; one image shows men lying in hospital beds, others show them seated in large groups. An interesting pictorial history.

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    Osborn, Sherard, Capt.

    Published by Edinburgh & London, 1859

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    210pp. Contemporary three-quarter calf and cloth, spine with raised bands, leather label. Bit rubbed, covers bit faded. Pencil corrections in the text, possibly by the author. Very good. The author was a captain in the Royal Navy. He describes travel from China to Japan, Japanese scenery in Nagasaki, the Dutch establishment in Japan, a visit by the governor of Nagasaki, an earthquake at Simoda, and a visit to Yedo, as well as the customs and attitudes of the Japanese toward westerners. An interesting account by a British naval officer just after the opening of Japan. CORDIER, BIBLIOTHECA JAPONICA 541.

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  • Seller image for PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM CONTAINING OVER 130 ORIGINAL IMAGES COMPILED BY A MEMBER OF THE 142nd UNITED STATES NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION STATIONED IN GUIUAN DURING 1945 FOLLOWING THE PHILIPPINES CAMPAIGN] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    World War II Photographica]: [Philippines Photographica]

    Published by [Philippines; Okinawa; San Diego, 1945

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    133 silver gelatin photographs, most 2 1/2 x 4 inches, but ranging from 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 to several 10 x 7 inches. Oblong folio. Black leatherette album, strong tied. Light wear. Photos in corner mounts, with many captions. Very good. A fascinating photographic account of military service in the Philippines compiled by a member of the 142nd U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, the Seabees, in 1945. Most of the images, approximately three- quarters of the album, were taken in Guiuan, on Samar Island in the central Philippines, where the photographer was stationed: Guiuan city square, the Seabees' camp, numerous portraits of local girls who sometimes pose with American soldiers, local families and their activities, indigenous architecture, and other local scenes. They also show the Immaculate Conception Church, with shots of the exterior and detailed views of the silver altar - built in 1595 to 1844, but completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Several other photos evidently portray the album's compiler, posing next to an American fighter plane, while boiling sea shells, in front of his tent, etc. The final portion of the album contains photos taken during the operations aboard the USS "Monrovia" and "President Harris" in October-November 1945, including views of Okinawa on the way to China, and snapshots of soldiers unloading cargo in the Yellow Sea China before returning to Manila. There are also eight clear views of Manila, showing destroyed Japanese cranes and boats in the harbor, American army headquarters, and a warehouse. The album concludes with a few photos of the homeward voyage, and shows soldiers discharged in San Pedro, California. Overall, a very good album depicting local life and the activities of the 142nd U.S. Naval Construction Battalion in the Philippines and Yellow Sea in the last months of the World War II.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM54321

  • Japanese-American Photographica]: [Northern California Young Buddhist League]

    Published by [N.p., likely Sacramento, 1952

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    Panoramic silver gelatin photograph, 8 x 33 3/4 inches. Short closed tear and mild crease near upper left corner, slight silvering to image. Still, in very good condition. A handsome group photograph memorializing the attendees of the 1952 annual conference of the Northern California Young Buddhist League. The photograph depicts over 200 finely-dressed Japanese-American men and women, and even a few Anglo Americans, organized by region, which are indicated by printed signs. The delegates to the conference came from Lodi, Placer, Marysville, Sacramento, Delta, Stockton, and Florin. A sign hanging on a building behind the delegates reads "Greetings Busseis," a general term for Buddhist youth. Interestingly, 1952 was the year that several chapters of Young Buddhists and other Japanese American mutual aid societies and support groups successfully implemented several changes to Japanese immigration policies brought about by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (the McCarran-Walter Act). While this law still provided for some discriminatory policies, it also allowed a new path to citizenship for most Asian Americans. Groups such as the Northern California Young Buddhist League helped many Japanese-American Issei attain citizenship, previously forbidden by U.S. immigration law. A rare image, with no copies reported in OCLC.

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  • Japanese-American Photographica]: [Western Young Buddhist League]

    Published by Utsumi Studio, Oakland, Ca., 1955

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    Panoramic silver gelatin photograph, 8 x 30 1/4 inches. Minor edge wear, a few soft creases, mild surface soiling. Very good plus. An appealing panoramic photograph featuring the attendees of the 1955 conference of the Western Young Buddhist League. The photograph captures a few hundred finely- dressed Japanese-American men and women posed in a courtyard in Oakland, California. Various delegates to the conference hold handwritten signs, indicating their home cities and regional organizations, which include Marysville, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Francisco, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, Delta, Pasadena, and numerous other smaller California cities and locales. There are also banners for attendees from the Stockton Chapter of the Y.B.A., the Coast District of the Young Buddhist Association and the Central California Young Buddhist Association. The elders of the organization sit in chairs in front of the young Bussei. Interestingly, this photograph was taken by Oakland photographer Kinji Utsumi, a photographer in the Bay Area both before and after World War II. Utsumi bought his photo studio in 1941, but was forced to close at the outset of the Japanese-American internment period. He then became one of the official photographers at the Topaz internment camp in Utah; he is mentioned in the RAMBLINGS yearbooks for Topaz High School during the internment period. After the war, Utsumi returned to Franklin Street in Oakland and opened another photographic studio. A rare image of a large organization of young Japanese-American Buddhists in California in the middle of the Eisenhower years, with no copies reported in OCLC.

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    Japan]

    Published by Japan Hydrogen Industry Co, Ltd., [Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan], 1947

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    Thirty-three silver gelatin mounted photographs, with printed captions in English and Japanese on facing pages. Cloth album, 12 x 8 1/2 inches. Very good. In the aftermath of World War II, the Allied powers recognized the importance of stabilizing the Japanese economy as part of a larger effort to prevent Japan's remilitarization and stave off the spread of communism. With the assistance of foreign aid, the Japanese government invested heavily in strengthening its industrial and manufacturing capacity. Economic development efforts in the coal-producing region of Fukushima Prefecture centered on the construction of chemical factories and related infrastructure. The Japan Hydrogen Industry Company (also known as Nihon Suiso Company), which had been founded in the port city of Onahama in 1937, became the core of the industrialization effort in the region after the war. This album, produced in 1947, was likely used in an effort to attract American investment. The company was involved in the gasification of pulverized coal, producing - depending on the exact process - coal gas, water gas, or syngas, all combustible gases used for municipal lighting and heating prior to the large-scale production of natural gas. It also produced ammonium sulfate and methanol. The album shows the plant's coke room; gas generators, compressors, and storage tanks; carbon monoxide converters; pumps for moving chemicals in solution; centrifuges; acid cooling process; ammonium sulphate storage room; and several parts of the methyl alcohol plant (boiler, turbo generators, distiller, machine shop, storage drums). There is also a view of the entire seaside factory and one of the company's business offices. Over the next few decades, Fukushima Prefecture underwent significant industrial development and became Japan's largest energy-supplying region. Whether this album made a specific contribution to that growth by garnering investment, we do not know, but it is an interesting artifact of the early stages of the recovery that would become known as the Japanese Economic Miracle.

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  • Japanese-American Photographica]: [Western Young Buddhist League]

    Published by Kamiyama, Fresno, Ca., 1954

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    Panoramic silver gelatin photograph, 10 x 35 3/4 inches. Minor edge wear, some creasing and abrading at top right corner, a few soft creases, four small circular stains near bottom right corner. About very good overall. A substantial group photograph featuring the attendees of the 1954 conference of the Western Young Buddhist League. The photograph captures a few hundred finely- dressed Japanese-American men and women posed in a park in Fresno, California. Various delegates to the conference hold handwritten signs, indicating their home cities and regional organizations, which include Stockton, Lodi, Delta, Enmanji, Marysville, Sacramento, Placer, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Berkeley, Florin, Alameda, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Selma, Los Angeles, San Diego, Pasadena, and numerous other California cities and locales. There are also contingents from Arizona, the Western Young Buddhist League's Southern District, the San Fernando Valley Young Buddhists, the Coast District Young Buddhist Association, and the Central California Young Buddhist Association. The elders of the organization sit in chairs in front of the young Bussei. Interestingly, this photograph was taken by noted and prolific Fresno photographer Urasaburo "Frank" Kamiyama. Frank Kamiyama (1886-1974) was an important Japanese- American chronicler of his own community in Fresno and the surrounding area beginning in the early 20th century. He was arrested on March 27, 1942 as one of eight "named Japanese alien enemies" and interned at Angel Island in California and in Santa Fe, New Mexico during World War II. His family, including his wife, Mitan, and their four daughters, were interned separately at Rohwer in Arkansas (the easternmost of the Japanese internment camps). After the war, Kamiyama continued to photograph the lives of Japanese Americans in California until his death. A rare image of a large organization of young Japanese-American Buddhists in California in the Eisenhower years, with no copies reported in OCLC.

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    Japan]: [Photographica]

    Published by [Various locations in Japan, 1900

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    Ten leaves containing eighty photographs, each 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Oblong octavo. Contemporary black three- quarter morocco and cloth. Hinges and corners lightly worn. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light foxing, primarily to mounts and not images. Prints sharp and clear. Very good. Eighty attractive images of turn-of-the- century Japan, as seen through a Western lens. Evidently narrating a trip in Japan, each photograph is captioned in English, usually stating location, which include Kagoshima, the Kuma River, Kumamoto, Nakatshu, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Isahaya. While most of the images show landscapes and the scenery of the area, many of them include local people - at temple and shrines, in city streets, going about everyday life. Of particular interest are a photograph of a woodcutter's hut with the family in the foreground, a fortuneteller plying his trade, a group of young men washing vegetables, a view of Suizenji Park, a Buddhist Temple, threshing rice, the sulphur springs at Nagasaki, and various scenes in native villages. A nice collection of images, with the bookplate of New Zealand photo-historian Frederic Hardwicke Knight.

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  • Japanese-American Photographica]: [California]

    Published by Japanese Photo Studio Association, Los Angeles, 1940

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    Panoramic photograph, 10 x 24 3/4 inches. Minor wear, vertical crease through image near the right edge. Very good. A striking panoramic photograph picturing the Japanese-American celebrants at the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Buddhist school at the Los Angeles branch of the Higashi Honganji Temple. The photograph is titled and dated in Japanese script; it relates the date of the celebration as the 13th, 14th, and 15th of September in the year 2600 (after the birth of the Emperor Jimmu), which is 1940. The photograph pictures a few hundred Issei and Nissei men, women, and children in a mixture of traditional Japanese gowns and caps, and western suits and dresses. There are a few banners in the background relating to the temple and the celebration. The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is still active in Los Angeles. The celebration depicted here came just two short years before the beginning of the Japanese-American internment period, which triggered fundamental changes in the practice of the Buddhist faith in America among Japanese-American citizens. As a result of anti-Japanese sentiment in the early 1940s, Buddhists sometimes changed the names of their churches to sound more patriotic. They began to meet on Sundays to emulate Christian worship, while singing from new hymnals that echoed those found in Christian churches. Sects within the church were forced to worship together. And the swastika - a Buddhist symbol for thousands of years - was replaced by the dharma wheel. In addition to the faith itself, Buddhists within the Japanese American community were particularly vulnerable during the internment period. The American government believed that Japanese-American Buddhists were more likely to support Imperial Japan than Japanese-American Christians or those of another faith. Sadly, this also represented the majority of Japanese Americans, since most were Buddhist in the first place. Further, the FBI classified Buddhist priests as "known dangerous Group A1 suspects" and sought them out among the first groups to be imprisoned. Many Buddhist priests were whisked away to relocation centers even before Franklin Roosevelt's issuance of Executive Order 9066. We could locate no other copies of the present panoramic photograph in institutions or auction records. An important photographic record of a portion of the Japanese-American Buddhist community in Los Angeles just a short time before the internment period changed everything.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55967

  • California]: [Japanese-American Photographica]

    Published by Green Studio, Salinas, Ca., 1926

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    Panoramic silver gelatin photograph, 8 x 44 inches. Captioned in the negative in Japanese. Minor bumping, creasing, and some spotting along the right edge including a short closed repaired tear, a few creases, a tiny hole in the grass portion of the image area, light soiling at left edge. Overall very good condition. An early and substantial panoramic photograph depicting hundreds of Japanese Americans celebrating the completion of the Salinas Buddhist Church assembly hall and the installation of the Buddha on November 27-28, 1926. The Salinas Buddhist Church was founded on California Street in 1925 by Issei and Nissei worshippers and the construction was completed on the day this photograph was taken. The opening of the temple was preceded by the Ochigo parade and this image likely pictures the participants in that parade, as many of the children are wearing stylized costumes. The original altar shrine is visible at the center of the image. Several rows of men, women, and children are posed in front of the church, with seven Buddhist priests seated in front of a portable shrine. The adults are dressed in a mixture of traditional and western clothing, and many of them were undoubtedly employed in the numerous canning companies that thrived in Salinas and Monterey in the early 20th century. Many of the men, women, and children in the present photograph were likely among those interned fifteen years later at the camp at Poston, which is where most Japanese Americans from Salinas were sent during World War II. An American flag flies proudly behind the subjects in this photograph. This panoramic photo was taken by the Green Studio, whose blind-embossed stamp is visible at the extreme lower right. The only other example of this image we could locate resides at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles (Object number 99.201.5).

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  • Seller image for EXTENSIVELY ANNOTATED AND PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED PHOTOGRAPHIC SCRAPBOOK OF BIGOTED AMERICANS TRAVELING IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    South America]: [Travel]

    Published by [Various locations in Latin America, 1938

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    [100]pp. containing 230 photographs, as well as postcards, maps, dozens of menus, greeting cards, and other travel ephemera. Thick folio. Contemporary brown paper-covered cloth, string-tied. Boards lightly scuffed and worn. Some leaves loose, moderate edge wear and chipping. Photographs clean and nice, annotations highly legible. Good plus. An illuminating and entertaining illustrated scrapbook documenting the travels of six friends on a trip to Mexico, Panama, and various points in South America, including Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil in 1938. One of the opening leaves has four photographs of the travellers, comprised of two elderly couples and two single women captioned, "Rogues to the Pampas!" Throughout the album, there are numerous photographs, both vernacular and professional, a great many capturing locals in native dress, as well as images of scenery and the city streets. The photographs are accompanied by colorful descriptive annotations. The voyage began January 20, 1938 aboard the Japanese NYK Liner S.S. Bokuyo Maru. There are numerous menus and other ephemera from the ship, as well as a photograph of the Japanese crew signed by the ship's officers. The first photographs depict Manzanillo, Mexico a week later, with captions such as "Worst city we ever saw, says the man from Capetown, South Africa, who has been around the world," and "Sid Thompson says, 'I bet if these Mexicans had a good hot bath they'd find a suit of underwear they didn't know they had!" They picture a "peddler of hats and drink" and a "man carrying load on his head" in the streets of Manzanillo. They then take a train to Colima, Mexico, on which a passenger is noted to say, "Jesus Christ, you'd think they never saw an American before," and where they eat papaya for the first time. In Panama on February 3, they see "a native with an iguana in each hand - we also saw our first sloth and a land crab" and they witnessed "a negro funeral." On February 5, the travellers stop at Buenaventura, Colombia where they experienced an earthquake and their first sight of the Andes, along with a "strong acrid wet odor [that] pervades atmosphere everywhere." There are several photographs of the city and the locals, including one of "natives" fishing, accompanied by significant commentary on the locals: "The natives have plenty of fish which they catch in nets thrown by hand - plenty of bananas and fruits and cocoanuts and will not work enough to buy anything but a little clothing, rice and coffee. There are no public schools in Colombia - a few religious schools inland. All education for boys and girls of better class is in U.S. or Europe.U.S. buys 85% of Colombia's coffee. Population 80% negroes on coast. Government is unstable foreign capital will not make very much of an investment here but Standard Oil Co. has a $52,000,000 pipeline in Colombia. Malaria is the greatest plague here though typhoid is also guarded against in fruits and vegetables. Buenaventura is wholly tropical." The group then proceeds to Lime, Peru, where they arrive "in a dense fog - worst in 10 years." They take numerous snapshots of various cultural sights around the city, images of "guano birds" along the shoreline, and a "Typical Peruvian Indian of the High Andean Plateaus." They stayed three nights at the Hotel Bolivar before proceeding to Cuzco, Tacua, and Mollendo, which they describe as "a dirty town." Still, they took several photographs here, including "Descendants of the Incas at Cuzco," an "Indian woman riding Burro - typical scene" in Tacua, and other street scenes. Chile was next for the group. They were in Santiago by February 23 and shot several images at a street market, such as a soap dealer, the flower market, a corn stand, and other scenes. Shortly thereafter they traveled to Valparaiso, Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt, and other Chilean locations. They captured the port of Valparaiso, the Three Brothers at Chilean Lakes, scenes in the Chilean mountains, Lake Llanquihue, and include in the album a professional real photo postcard captioned "Typical Araucanian Indian Hut," among other images. The travellers then moved on to Argentina. They describe Buenos Aires as "the most beautiful city in South America so far as the city itself is concerned." Their time in the city is illustrated exclusively with postcards, but they include a plethora of descriptive text for numerous monuments, landmarks, harbor scenes, gardens, and other sites. During their time in Brazil, the travellers document coffee production, cattle, and other agricultural settings, as well as cities and architectural features. These include numerous images of Rio de Janeiro, which "no picture, however beautiful, can portray with any accuracy the beauty of Rio." On March 30 the group heads "from Buenos Aires down the muddy Rio de la Plata" towards the Amazon River. Here, they include real photo postcards of "Typical Indians of the Amazon," an "Amazon Indian Hut," and "More Indians - These are some of the most primitive people living." Among the images taken on the streets of Brazil is one showing a black woman walking with a bundle on her head, which is captioned, "N***** [asterisks ours] mammy in pink dress and head load - and was she furious when I took her picture! If looks could kill I'd be buried in Brazil." The group rejoined their cruise in Brazil, boarding the Rio de Janeiro Maru, and finished their journey at the end of April. A detailed, revealing and lengthy travel account, extensively illustrated and annotated by a group of judgmental American tourists.

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  • Seller image for LETTER BOOK AND PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FOR THE U.S.S. TENNESSEE] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    United States Navy]

    Published by [Various places, including Japan], 1885

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    133 sheets mounted on stubs; twenty-eight mounted photographs, most 7 x 9 3/4 inches. Letter book: Folio. Original half black morocco and cloth, stamped in blind on cover, spine gilt. Corners rubbed. Spine heavily worn and chipped, hinges weak. Light soiling to some letters, some chipped at edges. In a very legible hand. About very good. In a blue cloth clamshell case, leather label. Album: Oblong folio. Original gilt-stamped cloth. Spine faded and perishing, hinges cracked, some edge and corner wear. Photos mounted on thick card stock. Several photos reproduced in pencil in a child's hand on the blank verso of card mounts. Mounts occasionally chipped, photos generally fine. Good overall. Manuscript and photographic records of the U.S.S. Tennessee, launched in July 1865. Originally named the U.S.S. Madawaska, she was renamed Tennessee in 1869, and at the same time timbered up to the necessary height to allow a spar deck to be installed. She was also fitted with new, more powerful engines at this time, though she also bore a full complement of sails. Her duties included service as flagship of the Asiatic Squadron under Rear Admiral William Reynolds, with Captain William W. Low in command. By 1879 she was flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron under Rear Admiral Robert W. Wyman, with Captain David B. Harmony in command. These items pertain to both of these notable periods of service. The letter book contains compiled correspondences sent to Capt. William W. Low by the U.S. Naval Department and by Rear Admiral William Reynolds, commander of the Asiatic Fleet, stationed in Japan. The correspondences cover the period from June 1875 through June 1876, the duration of Low's time as captain of the Tennessee, and generally contain orders or reports concerning the ship's maneuvers. The photograph album, which was published by Hatton & Hart in New York, bears the cover title, "Scenes on Board a Man-of-War. U.S.S. Flag-Ship Tennessee," with an image of the ship stamped in gilt. It contains photos of the ship itself; of officers and the crew, including Rear Admiral James E. Jouett and Captain O.F. Stanton; and of a few exercises aboard the ship. The album is dated circa 1885, when the Tennessee was flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron.

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  • Seller image for NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION OF AN AMERICAN SQUADRON TO THE CHINA SEAS AND JAPAN, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1852, 1853, AND 1854, UNDER THE COMMAND OF COMMODORE M.C. PERRY, UNITED STATES NAVY, BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Three volumes. Ninety tinted lithographic plates, maps (some folding), and numerous in- text woodcut illustrations. Original cloth, stamped in gilt and blind, first and third volumes rebacked with original backstrips laid down, second volume recased. Old library stamp on each titlepage. Scattered light dampstaining and some foxing affecting margins of some plates in first volume. Some dampstaining in upper margins of preliminary leaves of first and second volumes. This copy contains the suppressed nude bathhouse plate opposite p.408 in first volume, which is not included in the list of illustrations and which is lacking from most copies. Overall just about very good. In 1852, Perry was appointed head of a naval expedition charged with inducing the Japanese government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. In 1853 the Japanese were finally forced to accept a treaty demanding better treatment of shipwrecked seamen and which allowed American ships to dock at two Japanese ports to purchase fuel and supplies. "The most important result, however, was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan" - Hill. The lovely plates depict the country, Japanese natives, and their customs. "In this valuable scientific work the first successful attempt at producing a coloured lithograph, in imitation of drawing, is introduced" - Sabin. HILL 1332. SABIN 30958. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 74.

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    Perry Japan Expedition]

    Published by [Japan, 1853

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    [14]pp., including three double-page woodblock illustrations. Gathered signatures, stitched, as issued. Mild wear. Near fine. Rare kawaraban newsbook announcing the arrival of Commodore Perry and the Black Ships to Japan in 1853. The work includes three double-page illustrations: a dominating portrait of Perry's flagship; Perry and a contingent of marines marching in procession to a meeting with local dignitaries at Kurihama, with two cabin boys carrying boxes, presumably official gifts or President Fillmore's letter requesting harmonious commerce; and a map of Edo Bay where the Black Ships entered. Listings of the Samurai and Daimyo Feudal Lords entrusted with the protection of Japan from foreign invasion are found on the final leaves. Such kawaraban - news sheets, broadsides or small periodicals - provided the most immediate contemporary news of events in Japan, including Commodore Perry's momentous first visit.

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    Perry Expedition]: [Japan]

    Published by [Edo, 1853

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    [21]pp. Original ink stamped paper wrappers, stitched. Contemporary manuscript annotations in red ink. Light worming at gutter margin, slightly affecting text. Light tanning and dampstaining. About very good. A manuscript copy of an official report by Lord Matsudaira on the situation relating to the arrival of Perry in Japan and how Japan should open up to overseas influence. The text contains official corrections in red ink suggesting that this was a copy for circulation to the chamber or council. Daimyo Katamori Matsudairo, 9th Daimyo of the Aizu, inherited the headship of his clan in 1852 at age eighteen, and with it a seat in the tamari no ma chamber, where matters of State were discussed in conjunction with the senior Council (a sort of senate). With the impending arrival of Perry, the Shogun mobilized a massive number of men and ships from a broad coalition of feudal domains. The Aizu had been ordered to provide security in the coastal areas of Kazusa and Awa provinces, as the Shogun had been warned of Perry's arrival in 1853 both by the Dutch, who told him when they had set off from the U.S., and from spies in Okinawa and lookouts along the southern Japanese coasts. The Aizu also provided coastal security in the Uraga area. When Perry anchored in Uraga Bay, it was Aizu boats that surrounded the ships, and when he went ashore to deliver his letters, numerous Aizu forces assembled there. Despite his young age and because of his firsthand knowledge, this report was seriously received and considered by the Chamber and Council. In 1862 he became Kyoto military commissioner, and following his defeat after the uprising against the Meiji Emperor in 1868, his life was spared, and he became a chief priest to the Nikko Toshogo Shrine until his death in 1893. An important view of Perry's arrival in Japan, by a significant local participant in events.

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  • Seller image for FOUR JAPANESE MANUSCRIPTS, CONTAINING OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS RELATING TO DIPLOMACY WITH THE RUSSIANS IN THE 19th CENTURY] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Russo-Japanese Relations]

    Published by [Nagasaki & Edo, 1861

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    20; 16; 16; 14pp. Manuscript on rice paper. Two volumes tied with waste paper, two with thick paper wrappers, stitched. Minor worming in three volumes, occasionally affecting text. Red ink stamp inside front cover of one volume. Occasional light dampstaining and dust soiling. About very good. An interesting quartet of official Japanese reports on the attempts of Russian envoys in the early 19th century to secure a treaty with the Japanese authorities. The first two manuscripts comprise official Japanese scribal copies, made in 1810, of a treaty and "letters of reconciliation" sent by the Tsar in 1804 to Japan. Russian envoy Chamberlain Rezanov sailed with Krusenstern and put in at Nagasaki in the summer of 1804, armed with these documents. Rezanov had his letters of reconciliation taken to the Emperor, but after waiting months at Nagasaki, as officials shuffled between Edo and Nagasaki, his terms were denied, and he was sent away, although these documents indicate some manner of rapport was established. The letters of reconciliation include a second part comprising an interrogation in Japanese of four Russian sailors shipwrecked in 1810, who were gathered at the house of Kyoto merchant Toshimaya Skobe for interrogation. The next envoy, Yefivmy Putiatin, was more successful and signed the Treaty of Shimodo in 1855, allowing Russian vessels to trade in the ports of Nagasaki, Shimodo, and Hakodate. The second pair of documents contain a description of the arrival of Putiatin at Shimodo in 1854, and a report on the arrival of a Russian ship sent to Japan in 1861. A useful set of documents for providing insight into the progress of relations between Russia and Japan in the 19th century, particularly as the four great powers at that time - America, Great Britain, France, and Russia - continued to pressure the Japanese government for further conciliatory treaties.

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  • Seller image for COMPENDIO HISTORICO DE LA APOSTOLICA PROVINCIA DE SAN GREGORIO DE PHILIPINAS, DE RELIGIOSOS MENORES DESCALZOS DE N. P. SAN FRANCISCO. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Martinez, Domingo

    Published by En la Imprenta de la Viuda de Manuel Fernandez, Madrid, 1756

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    Three parts bound in one volume. [28],342; 116; 248pp., printed in double columns. Folio. Contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties, manuscript spine title. Spine darkened, minor chipping at edges, marca de fuego of the Colegio de San Fernando de Ciudad de México on top edge. Scattered marginal foxing, stain in lower outer corners of some leaves. Very good. First edition of this important history of Franciscan explorations and missionary work in the Far East. Martinez chronicles Spanish evangelizing missions to settlements in the Philippines, China, and Japan. The first book pertains to the Philippines, with historical background on the conquest and early exploration of the islands, plus extensive information on the indigenous peoples and their customs. The second book centers on China, while the third book focuses on Japan; both accounts cover early contact with the native peoples, the establishment of missions, local customs, the religious development of the area, and more. A rare title, with healthy institutional holdings but scant appearances in the trade. PALAU 154271. MAGGS BIBLIOTECA AMERICANA 774. CORDIER, JAPONICA 440. RETANA 309. MEDINA, PHILIPPINES 483. STREIT VI, 1107.

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  • Perry Expedition]

    Published by [Tokyo, 1855

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    24 1/2 x 16 inches. Matted. Old fold lines, some minor wear and soiling. Near fine. Large wood block print, comprised of two sheets, showing the disposition of the Japanese soldiers and ships in preparation for the arrival of Commodore Perry's American fleet, seen sailing into Tokyo harbor at the right side of the image. The top third of the print is comprised of text (in Japanese characters). Three large American ships dominate the right side of the print, while several smaller boats dot the rest of the harbor. The whole is dotted with Japanese characters, denoting various people and places around the harbor. Perry first arrived in Japan on July 8, 1853 with a fleet of four ships, flying his pennant on the steam frigate Susquehanna. This first visit lasted ten days and culminated on July 14 with Perry's presentation of a letter from the President of the United States to the Japanese commissioners. Perry then absented himself for seven months, returning on February 11, 1854 for a stay of over four months. He negotiated a treaty opening Japan to trade with the western world, providing for a U.S. consul in Japan, and protecting visiting ships and crews. Perry's visit to Japan remains one of the most important events in the diplomatic history between western and eastern nations. A handsome print, showing the Japanese side of this important historic event.

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  • Seller image for SUBSTANTIAL MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE BOUND IN ONE VOLUME CONTAINING CONTEMPORARY REPORTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS PERTAINING TO COMMODORE PERRY'S ARRIVAL IN JAPAN] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

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    [354]pp. including twelve full-page or double- page ink and watercolor wash illustrations. Contemporary Japanese wrappers, string-tied, paper label completed in manuscript on front cover. Noticeable wear and rubbing to the binding, newer string. Uneven worming throughout, mostly unobtrusive. About very good. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell box, spine gilt with raised bands. Large bound collection of contemporary manuscript papers, documents, and drawings relating to Commodore Perry and the Black Ships entering Edo Bay in July 1853. The text is comprised of accounts of the event, and transcriptions of official letters from President Millard Fillmore, Secretary of State Edward Everett, and Commodore Perry to the Japanese Emperor. Illustrations include two double-hemispheric world maps, a map showing the course of the Black Ship squadron, Edo Bay and the landing of the ships, Perry's marines marching, sketches of large cannons aboard Perry's ships, and diagrams and fortifications protecting the Japanese people from foreign invasion. In 1852, Perry was appointed head of a naval expedition charged with inducing the Japanese government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. The expedition involved two visits to Japan. On his first, Perry arrived at Edo Bay on July 8, 1853. After a brief standoff and show of force, he was able to land the following week and deliver a letter from President Fillmore with the U.S. demands, with the promise he would return the following year for a reply. On February 13, 1854, Perry returned with a total of ten vessels and 1,600 men. After another standoff and three weeks of negotiation, Perry signed the Convention of Kanagawa at the end of March 1854, which opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American ships, provided for care of shipwrecked sailors, and the establishment of an American consulate in Shimoda. "The most important result, however, was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan" - Hill. Altogether a very comprehensive manuscript archive of this important occasion that helped open Japan to world commerce and culture. HILL 1332 (ref).

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  • Seller image for AN IMPORTANT MANUSCRIPT MAP OF EDO, DRAWN UP BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF COMMODORE PERRY TO ASSESS COASTAL DEFENSES AGAINST THE AMERICAN INTRUSION, ALONG WITH A LIST OF WARLORDS SWORN TO HELP DEFEND THE CAPITAL] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Two folio rice paper sheets, joined vertically, 17 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches, plus 12pp. manuscript list of warlords, sewn. Old folds, minor foxing to map. Dampstaining and minor edge wear to manuscript. Overall very good. A historically important, stylized map of the coastlines of the provinces around Edo, from the Izu peninsula through and around Edo bay, and up around Awa province, with provincial borders marked in green, and the principal warlords plotted out on the coasts with their forces (i.e. cannons, ships, and guns) available for the defense of the capital of Edo. The map is titled "Onkonozu Izunanashima," translating to "Honourable map of each bay from Iszu," and is dated June 1853, anticipating the arrival of Commodore Perry's naval forces, which would appear the next month. The map is accompanied by a twelve-page manuscript, a scribal copy titled "Amerikajin totori ontehai shodaimyo hikae" or "List of Warlords who could fight America," in defense of Edo Bay. Perry set off from Hampton Roads, Virginia in November 1852, sailing via the Cape of Good Hope, through Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, where he arrived on May 4. On May 17 he arrived on the Ryukyu Islands, where he demanded to establish a coal station, and met with the Ryukyu King. Knowing that reports would soon be getting back to Edo, he proceeded slowly up to the Ogasawara islands where he bought some land and stayed until mid-June. So his sudden appearance at Ugara Bay in July 1853, although a surprise, was not unexpected. This manuscript map suggests that strategies for the defense of Edo Bay were well advanced, which is perhaps why Perry stopped his squadron at the entrance to the bay. Once he was at anchor, multitudes of warlord-led barges rowed up to surround Perry's ships, presumably part of the plan to contain the American forces despite their superior fire power. A unique manuscript record from a vital moment in U.S.-Japan relations.

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  • Seller image for HISTORIA DE LAS COSAS MAS NOTABLES, RITOS Y COSTUMBRES, DEL GRAN REYNO DELA CHINA.CON UN ITINERARIO DEL NUEUO MUNDO. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Gonzalez de Mendoza, Juan

    Published by En casa de Pedro Madrigal, Madrid, 1587

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    Two parts bound in one volume. [12],116; 244,[12] leaves, including one full-page plate. Small octavo. Contemporary calf, rebacked with original gilt backstrip laid down, gilt red morocco label. Binding edgeworn and rubbed, fore-edge of front board gnawed. Trimmed close, affecting first word of title and running headline in preliminary material. Ex-lib., with a small ink stamp on the verso of titlepage and on colophon page. Faint old stain in upper margin of second part, else quite clean internally. About very good. In a half morocco and cloth box. An early edition of Gonzalez de Mendoza, following the first of 1585, and the second and best edition to contain the Espejo narrative of early exploration in the American Southwest. Antonio de Espejo began his exploration of New Mexico in 1583, in the company of Fray Beltran and fourteen soldiers. The ostensible reason for his expedition was to find Fr. Agustin Rodriguez, who had disappeared in that region the previous year, but much more was accomplished than merely establishing the sad fate of the martyred Franciscan. A true wealth of new information about the traversed territory was garnered, and this is the first publication to include notice of that expedition (found in this edition beginning on leaf 165 of the second part). Most editions of this work do not contain the information about Espejo's New Mexican adventure, and Wagner says that the present edition is only the second with the Espejo narrative, following a Madrid edition of 1586, printed by Querino Gerardo Flamenco. Wagner also notes that many of the errors of that previous edition have been corrected in the present edition, and Palau writes that this edition is considered to be the most complete. Other Americana content in this volume can be found beginning on leaf 147 of the second part, in the section entitled "Itinerario y epitome de todas las cosas notables que ay desde Espana, hasta el Reyno de la China, y de la China a Espana, boluiendo por la India Oriental, despues de auer dado buelta a casi todo el Mundo. En el qual se trata de los ritos, cerimonias, y costumbres de la gente que en todo el ay, y de la riqueza, fertilidad y fortaleza de muchos Reynos, y la descripcion de todos ellos," which is a succinct tour of Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America, and the Philippines. Topics of special interest are natural history, Indian landholding practices, and Spanish cultural developments. Ortelius states in his atlas that he obtained more information about America from this work than from any other single source. In addition to the volume's great Americana content, it offers rich data on China, Japan, the Maluccas (the Spice Islands), and the Philippines. The author (1545-1614) was an Augustinian, but he includes much about the activities of Jesuits and Franciscans, seemingly - and this is notable - in an impartial and unprejudiced manner. Copies of the Spanish language editions of this work that contain the account of the Espejo expedition have become very rare in commerce. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 587/21. JCB (3)I:307-308. PALAU 105499. MEDINA, BHA 308. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 7z. STREIT IV:1993. SALVA 3333. SABIN 27776 (note).

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    Ordoņez de Cevallos, Pedro

    Published by Por Luis Sanchez., Madrid, 1614

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    Title-leaf, [9],290,[4] leaves. Woodcut coat of arms on titlepage and portrait of the author, with historiated initials and decorations throughout. Bound to style in full calf, spine gilt with raised bands, leather label. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage, occasional contemporary manuscript annotations scattered throughout. Light tanning, occasional light dampstaining. Very good. The first edition of Pedro Ordoņez de Cevallos' description of his travels around the world and in the Spanish colonies in South America, in the late-16th and early- 17th centuries. It is one of the earliest published personal narratives of a circumnavigation, and the first to recount a circumnavigation beginning in the Americas. "Pedro Ordoņez de Cevallos was born at Jaen in the middle of the sixteenth century. At an early age he travelled to Chile, the Antilles and Mexico in Valverde's fleet. Later he visited the Philippines from Acapulco and various East Indian Islands. In this account of his travels are many interesting details regarding the productions, costumes, customs and manners, from a soldier's point of view" - Herschel Jones. Ordoņez de Cevallos was born about 1557, and travelled extensively as a soldier of fortune from the 1570s in the eastern Mediterranean, to Jerusalem, Crete, and northern Africa. In the 1580s he went to the New World, visiting Bermuda en route. The narrative is one of the earliest publications to include material about Bermuda, containing two chapters about the island. Bermuda was first noted by Oviedo in his HISTORIA GENERAL. of 1535, but there was no permanent colony until the English settlement in 1612. Much of Ordoņez de Cevallos' career was spent in the Spanish colonies of South America. He settled in Quito, Ecuador in 1590 and travelled to other parts of the continent. Around 1600 he travelled with the Manila Galleon to the Philippines, then on to Macao, Canton, other places on the Chinese coast, and to Nagasaki in Japan. After this he served as a soldier in wars in Cambodia, and eventually went on to India and then back to Spain. Later he travelled again to the New World, returning to Ecuador and thus completing his around-the-world journey. By this time he had been ordained as a priest. He died about 1635. This work is of considerable rarity. A second edition was issued in 1691. Extracts were often translated and reprinted in various collections, such as those of De Bry, Barlaeus, and in Purchas' PILGRIMS. Extracts were also included in the 1622 Latin printing of Herrera's NOVUS ORBIS. Because of the rarity of the first edition it is better known from these sources than the original text. An important exploration narrative that has appeared only once at auction in the past fifty years. MAGGS BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA 4128. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 614/82. STREIT I:345. SABIN 57524 ("Rare"). PALAU 203651. MEDINA, BHA II:609. JONES I:71. SALVA II:3801. Ticknor, HISTORY OF SPANISH LITERATURE III, p.183. BRUNET IV, p.210.

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