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Shogun Edition) Japan

Shogun Edition) Japan, Described and Illustrated By the Japanese (10 volumes) and The Art of Japan (2 volumes)

Brinkley, Captain Folio. The Shogun Edition limited to only 25 lettered copies of which this is Letter "M". In 10 volumes. With an essay on Japan art by Kakuzo Okaura, director of the Imperial Art School at Tokyo Japan. Limitation pages within each volume. This set includes the two rare supplemental volumes The Art of Japan which were issued in 1901. Captain Brinkley's work was already being collected as early as 1903 when the Yamanaka Company featured their work in their catalog Rare Japanese Prints. In the same year, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote on the finest rare books which featured the "Shogun Edition" noting that it was issued in an edition of only 25 copies. The feature explained that each volume had an original picture by a major Japanese artist and that some were delicately printed on silk. When the estate of James A. Bailey of the Barnum and Bailey circus came on the market in 1931, this set headed the list of rare books at the George Fischer Galleries on Wilshire Boulevard. The New York Public Library announced their collection in January of 1936 as a gift from Charles Stewart Smith. In 1985, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced their acquisition of the set including the key supplement volumes The Art of Japan, Vol. 1 and 2 (which are considered volumes 11 and 12 of the Shogun edition) The National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo's Tobunken Library webpage says this edition is one of their two most notable collections with the comment: "This was the set that became the introduction for Westerners to Japanese society, culture and history." Dan Johnson's article in the Bridgewater Review (Vol. 34:1) 2015 discusses its history and writes: "Some of the limited editions were so costly that only a few well-heeled individuals and institutions such as libraries and collector societies could afford them. The smaller the edition, the more extravagantly bedecked the volume. While it remains uncertain who authored all of the articles in the text, Japanese scholar Kakuzo Okakura (author of The Awakening of Japan [1904]) was identified as one of the writers." (p. 17) The major study of the set was published in Image (Vol. 34:1) by Denise Bethel who was Sotheby's expert on photographic history. She writes: "Taken as a whole, the myriad editions of Japan Described and Illustrated represents the pinnacle of quality photographic publishing, and are deserving of bibliographic study." (p. 2). She notes why Boston with its Museum of Fine Arts had become the only major Western museum "whose Japanese department developed ahead of its collections of European and American Art". Culturally speaking, Bostonians were at the forefront of 'Japonism' a new word coined to designate a new field of study, artistic, historic, and ethnographic.[also involved were] Charles Eliot Norton of Harvard, Charles G. Loring of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Herbert Putnam" p. 6-7. Bethel goes on to note that Millet's connections to the Japanese business community must have been at a very high level since there was outside sponsorship and their representative was in Japan for six months to negotiate details. The announcement in the Japanese papers in Tokyo and Yokohama noted that at least $200,000 was involved with Japan guaranteeing 100,000 yen. The crowning point for the collector was the two volume supplement to the set The Arts of Japan that accompanied the more elaborate limited editions of the set. The American industrialist Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) met Brinkley in Japan and bought en bloc his photograph print collection which he presented to the New York Public Library in 1901. Later, (as noted above), he was one of the select few who acquired one of the 25 copies of the Shogun edition (Bethel, p. 7). Even J. Pierpont Morgan was only able to get a limited edition of 50 copies in the Edition De Grand Luxe (Bethel, p. 13). The printed volumes were planned and printed while Okakura Kakuzo [Note his first and last name is reversed on the printed edition] (1862-1913) who was "Director of the Imperial Art School of Tokyo, Japan" and was also an intimate friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Bethel says that "this was the last great book to be illustrated with original photographs." (p.13) Johnson's article goes on to describe the effort made in producing the limited editions which he says were "the most extravagant editions, issued in smaller and more expensive runs, were packed with just about everything Japanese Brinkley could manage to fit between two covers: brocaded silk boards, tasseled silk hand-tied and uncut pages "bound in the Japanese manner" (in each volume came a warning not to cut the pages apart), mica-flecked endpapers, hand-painted end boards, ukiyo-e prints, samples of lace and wallpaper patterns, and sundry other items." (Johnson, p. 28). All plates or photographs are mounted, some within mats, the larger part of the art and larger photographs are accompanied with tissue guards or printed over sheet. Bindings are of a decorative silk in various colors and worn mostly at corners and spines with some fraying to edges, some ribbon ties lacking, just a few occasional leaves with off-setting. We have taken care to note the following minute flaws in the interest of full accuracy: Vol. 5 Front free endpaper detached (present) and Black bird flying over Iris's (8 x 10") matted and detached (laid in) worm hole to outer right edge of plate not close to image. One straight-pin head sized worm hole to upper margins not affecting plates except last plate. Vol. 6. Some scattered foxing to upper edges of frontispiece Vol. 10. Last plate with closed edge tears under mat where mat had been torn. Vol. 11. Title page and following page has a crease through middle with closed edge tear to upper edges. Vol. 12. Three worm holes through margins, one minute single worm hole through three plates the size of a straight-pin head. Besides a complete collation of each item, we have an additional collation of the 2
Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona, Vol. 1-13 (and 14 Which Covers the Last Year of the Arizona Territorial Court)

Dann, F.P.; E,W, Lewis and James R. Dunseath Octavo. 13 volumes with the very rare volume I which covers 1866-1884. It also lists the first 15 judges on the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona including the 7 U.S. Marshals and the List of Attorneys who practiced in the Supreme Court of Arizona though 1883. It begins with the case held in January 1866 of J.H. Davis v. John Simmons. The second case is the U.S. v. Certain Property and William Richards [Bichard] on Indian Tribes, trade and relations with the Indian tribes, particularly the Pima and Maricopa. It notes the appeals were necessarily based on the earlier laws for the Territories of New Mexico and Utah. It goes back to Chief Justice Marshall in the case of the Cherokee Nation v. the State of Georgia, which is one of the most important early cases. Other important cases involve Milton B. Duffield (1872). It also includes the interesting case of Maria Lopez de Lopes vs. the Central Arizona Mining Company (1883), on the unsafe conditions leading to the death of Florence Lopez. There are some additional cases included just before the first volume went to press. Each of the volumes are identified as from the library of Arthur H. DeRiemer who was a Nogales attorney. Many articles in the Nogales Herald newspaper deal with his cases. He became the Santa Cruz County Attorney who dealt with the case of the murder of the Postmaster (Frank J. Pearson] and his wife. Volume 2 which was not published until 1904 by Bancroft-Whitney has an introduction by E.W. Lewis which talks about original papers missing and how some that appeared in the Pacific Reporter can no longer be found (compare with what J.A. Munk noted on his original collection to the Phoenix Public Library which caused him to make his vast later collection to the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles). In this second volume many mining cases as well as those relating to the Salt River Canal, the Arizona and New Mexico Railroad Company, and many others. What reminds the historian in these volumes is how fundamental a thorough knowledge of law and its U.S. precedents is that transcends what appeared only in the popular literature or the newspapers. Other volumes in the statehood period will be offered in future catalogs. All bound in full calf, red and black spine labels gilt, lower labels chipped or missing, some wear to spines. A very good set with previous owner's name.