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[“DOCTOR’S LADY” A HAND-CARVED FEMALE NUDE CHINESE MEDICINE DOLL OR FEMALE “DIAG

["DOCTOR'S LADY" CHINESE NUDE FEMALE DIAGNOSTIC FIGURE] [China ca 1800]. Hand-carved nude Chinese female medical doll, 1.3 x 6.5 cm., black tinted hair style,the material is unidentified [could be bone ?], excellent example no issues. RARE & OBSCURE **** *** TYPICAL QING PERIOD CHINESE HAND-CARVED MEDICINE DOLL THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A VERY SMALL NUDE CHINESE FEMALE FIGURE COMMONLY CALLED "THE DOCTOR'S LADY" These kinds of Qing period examples remain RARE & OBSCURE today, commonly called "The Doctor's Lady," or "Female Diagonostic Figure." The work was nicely carved with excellent proportions of a reclining nude woman with her left arm behind her head and her right arm across her stomach. Both wrists wear what appear to be jade or ivory bracelets. Her coiffeur is quite nicely carved showing individual strands of hear in a classical style, with black tinting. Her eyes are likewise tinted black, otherwise there are no other colors. The carving has a variation of color on her back side, showing a difference of color from her neck, with both buttocks a slightly brighter color. The left buttock has the artist's name carved as a Yinzhang [seal/chop] reading "Zheng Guang" ["Correct Light"] which is cited on our website as illus04.jpg. HISTORIC BACKGROUND OF USE: "OFTEN WHEN A WOMAN SAW a doctor in 18th-century China, she wasn’t allowed to actually see him. Instead, she sat behind a curtain or bamboo screen, where she had to map out her pain on a body that wasn’t her own. Her hand, or that of a close female attendant, would poke through the drapes or screen, and gesture toward the naked body of an ivory doll. If the patient had difficulty breathing, she might run a finger along the doll’s curved chest. For menstrual pain, the smooth abdomen. For a headache, the bump of a bun. After studying these cryptic communications, the doctor would issue his diagnosis. In the final centuries of China’s Qing Dynasty, these intricately carved medicine dolls were an ailing woman’s only option, writes medical historian Howard Dittrick in his 1952 paper in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, "Chinese Medicine Dolls." Quoted from SABRINA IMBLER, an article in ATLAS OBSCURA cited below. "Chinese diagnostic dolls depict a reclining woman, usually naked save for a pair of bangles around her wrists and the occasional fan." "Upper-class women might bring their own beautiful, customized dolls to doctors, whereas poorer women had to make do with the doctor’s own, more rudimentary, model. The more luxurious dolls such as the intricate Ming Dynasty doll shown above on a blue blanket reclined on miniature couches, some of which even featured silk cushions or embroidered throws. To remove the final layer of interpersonal contact, wealthier ladies simply marked the afflicted parts of the doll with India ink or charcoal, and then sent the doll to the doctor via messenger." The above generously quoted from the ATLAS OBSCURA. Color scans of this and most other items are posted to our website. CONDITION: The carving is expertly done, without any marks, damages or other distractions. By and large a fine and RARE example! REFERENCES: WALLNOFER, Heinrich. et al.: CHINESE FOLK MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE. WELLCOME HISTORICAL MEDICAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY. CHINESE MEDICINE: An Exhibition Illustrating the Traditional System of Medicine of the Chinese People, text about "DOCTOR'S LADY" see p.12, and plate numbers: 25 & 27. WALLNOFER, Heinrich. et al.: CHINESE FOLK MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE. Joshua Forer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton: ATLAS OBSCURA. HUARD, Pierre. et al.:CHINESE MEDICINE. --. LA MEDECINE CHINOISE AU COURS DES SIECLES. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chinese-medical-doll .
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ZEN AND ZEN CLASSICS.

BLYTH, R.H. [Reginald Horace] [Tokyo 1960-1974], Hokuseido. 5 Vol. SET. Brown cloth, very clean,125+211+185+340+225p., vols.: 1-5, index, illustrated, vol.3, 1974 1st ed.,4th ptg, FIRST Editions,dust jackets on 2 & 3 in mylar protectors, all clean & solid, complete set ! **** *** R.H. BLYTH'S MASTERPIECE This illusive title has been out of print for a long time, only a couple of the volumes were reprinted, the complete work consisting of 5 volumes is rare and seldom found complete regardless of edition. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS IN ENGLISH ON ZEN: This is a comprehensive set of writings on Zen, Zen arts, the Zen masters and historical background. A wonderful set of works, with English, Japanese characters & Romanized texts. A very well written, readable set of books. The celebrated Zen master D.T. Suzuki described Blyth as "one of the most eminent exponents of Japanese culture." OTHER RELATED WRITINGS BY BLYTH ON ZEN & HAIKU: ZEN AND HAIKU: Blyth's studies on Haiku, Japanese humor and Zen are "unique contributions towards East-West understanding." Blyth lived & worked in the east 40 years, until his death in 1964. The history of Zen is the history of moments. It cannot be, like the history of ideas, or even the history of the freedom of thought, an account of development, systematization, criticism, modification, replacement and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great Buddha-hood. BLYTH'S CONTRIBUTION: Blyth lived and worked in the East for forty years, until his death in 1964 at the age of sixty-six. From the time of his internment in Japan during World War II, Blyth wrote assiduously. In the 1950's, his "ZEN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE" and "ORIENTAL CLASSICS" and "HAIKU" reached enthusiastic readers in America and Europe. Aldous Huxley describes Blyth's work as "illuminating." As William J. Higginson writes in his "HAIKU HANDBOOK," thanks to Blyth "a new interest in Japanese Haiku began to grow among poets of the immediate post World War II generation." .. Blyth's Contribution to cross-cultural understanding was manifold. In 1945, Blyth assumed a post as professor of English at Tokyo's Gakushuin University, the former Peers' School. For almost twenty years he tutored Crown Prince Akihito, the present Emperor. Blyth played a leading role in Emperor Hirohito's historical declaration of January 1, 1946, that he was a human being rather than a god. Blyth edited numerous writings from English and American literature, making them available to avid Japanese readers. FIRST EDITIONS: Following is a list of the First Editions: Vol. 1: 1960; vol. 2: 1964; vol. 3: 1970; vol. 4: 1966; vol. 5: 1962; vol. 7: 1962. [vol. 5, 7 are same contents] see additional notes below. There was no volume six ever published nor issued. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WHAT A COMPLETE SET IS: COMPLETE IN 5 VOLUMES. Blyth originally planned this work to be an 8 volume set, but due to his untimely death, it only went to 5 volumes [per dust jacket notes found on volume 2]. The back of the dust jacket on volume one [First Edition] shows the list planning on a total of 8 volumes in all. The whole set now actually consists of 5 volumes only and is complete in that state. It contains the below list of volumes, the list is based on our primary observation of each volume in addition to the publisher's notice of the series found on the dust jackets of several volumes. The set is complete with volumes 1-5, there can be an acceptable variant in the last volume which can either be numbered volume 5 or 7, contents remains the same, it was merely the publisher's error. The value the a set with either volume 5 or 7 remains the same in our eyes, both issued in 1962 as the First Edition. THE COMPLETE SET OF 5 VOLUMES: Vol. I: GENERAL INTRODUCTION, FROM THE UPANISHADS TO HUINENG also WHAT I ZEN ? THE HISTORY OF ZEN, THE BELIEVING MIND, SONG OF TRHE WAY [THE CHENGTAOKE], THE PLATFORM SUTRA. Vol. II: HISTORY OF ZEN, 713-867 also THE FIVE SECTS, GOZU ZEN AND ROAN ZEN, ENO AND HIS DISCIPLES, SEKITO'S DISCIPLES, SEPPO, SEPPO'S DISCIPLES, HOGEN & DISCIPLES, YAKUSAN TO SEKISO, SENSU, KASSAN, SHOZAN, TOZAN, SOZAN & UNGO, UMMON I, II, III THE SANDOKAI, HOKYOZAMMAI, POEMS OF HANSHAN I, II, ZEN MYSTICISM, EXISTENTIALISM, WAYS AND THE WAY, NATURE, HUMAN NATURE, THE BUDDHA NATURE THE POETIC NATURE, DEFECTS OF ZEN. Vol. III: HISTORY OF ZEN 867-1260 also THE DISCIPLES OF TOZAN, NANGAKU AND BASHO, JOSHU, HYAKUJO RINZAI AND OBAKU THEIR DISCIPLES. Vol. IV: MUMONKAN, HISTORY OF KOREAN ZEN, WUMENKUAN &c. Vol. V: TWENTY-FIVE ZEN ESSAYS: WUMENKAUAN. ! Note: vol. 5 and 7 are the same contents, simply a numbering error on the part of the publisher. Vol. VI: HISTORY OF JAPANESE ZEN, DOGEN HAKUIN, ETC. To our knowledge, this volume was never published. The contents were likely incorporated into other volumes with variant titles. Vol. VII: ZEN ESSAYS, CHRISTIANITY, SEX, SOCIETY, ETC. !! Note: vol. 5 and 7 have the same contents, simply a numbering error on the part of the publisher. NEVER ISSUED: Vol. VIII: BUDDHIST SERMONS ON CHRISTIAN TEXTS. The publisher never issued this title as part of this series, but issued it as a monograph in 1952, several years predating this series, then again in 1976 posthumously. Neither editions ever had any markings to indicate it to be a part of this series, we can only assume Blyth made a simple error when discussing this title as part of the current series. PUBLISHER'S ERROR: Hokuseido press made an error in the numbering of this set. volumes 5 & 7 are identical. In fact, Blyth only published the first 5 of the planned set of 8 when he died in the fall of 1964, the last 3 volumes never published. To further complicate matters, in 1962 there was a 7th. volume set published but discontinued after Blyth's death, this was then reduced down to be numbered as volumes 1-5. The contents of old vol. 6 and 7 were combined to become new volume 5. This fact is clearly stated on verso of title page of new volume 5, "First published, as volume 7...1962 then reprinted as vol. 5, 1966." Suffice to say, when complete, the set is RARE in either of the 5 or 7 volume variants. The 8th volume was issued later as a monograph, and does NOT state volume 8. The dust jacket on volume 1 clearly shows the plan to publish 8 volumes in the complete planned set of 8. The dust jacket of volume 5 of the 5 volume set clearly states a new and revised volume count to be now 5. Volume 5 in the new set contains: TWENTY-FIVE ZEN ESSAYS, [CHRISTIANITY], SEX SOCIETY &c. Introductions by D.T. Suzuki. SIZE & BINDING: The set is uniformly bound in brown cloth, with black lettering, 11.5 x 18.5 cm. Each volume was issued with a uniform dust jacket, each in a different color. Later editions were issued in stiff wrappers, some with dust jackets again in the same size. NOTE: Please inquire at our website for other titles by Blyth, Zen and Japanese poetry. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, The Hokuseido Press, 1942 · Haiku, 1949-1952, complete in four volumes: Vol.1: Eastern Culture. Vol.2: Spring. Vol.3: Summer-Autumn. Vol.4: Autumn-Winter. The Hokuseido Press Japanese Satirical Verses, The Hokuseido Press, 1949 Japanese Humour, Japan Travel Bureau, 1957 Japanese Life and Character in Senryu, 1959. Oriental Humor, 1959. Edo Satirical Verse Anthologies, 1961. The Hokuseido Press. A History of Haiku in two volumes: Vol.1: From the Beginnings up to Issa. Vol.2: From Issa up to the Present.1963.The Hokuseido Press. Games Zen Masters Play: Writings of R. H. Blyth, 1976. .
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ZEN AND ZEN CLASSICS.

BLYTH, R.H. [Reginald Horace] [Tokyo 1970], Hokuseido. Vol. 3. Brown cloth, 185p, 20 b.w. illustrations, PRISTINE EXAMPLE LIKE NEW, UNUSED, index,with with PRISTINE dust jacket in mylar protector. A FINE COPY ! THE RAREST VOLUME OF 5 VOLUME SET ! RARE FIRST EDITION ! **** *** R.H. BLYTH'S MASTERPIECE This illusive title has been out of print for a long time, only a couple of the volumes were reprinted, the complete work consisting of 5 volumes is rare and seldom found complete regardless of edition. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS IN ENGLISH ON ZEN: This is a comprehensive set of writings on Zen, Zen arts, the Zen masters and historical background. A wonderful set of works, with English, Japanese characters & Romanized texts. A very well written, readable set of books. The celebrated Zen master D.T. Suzuki described Blyth as "one of the most eminent exponents of Japanese culture." OTHER RELATED WRITINGS BY BLYTH ON ZEN & HAIKU: ZEN AND HAIKU: Blyth's studies on Haiku, Japanese humor and Zen are "unique contributions towards East-West understanding." Blyth lived & worked in the east 40 years, until his death in 1964. The history of Zen is the history of moments. It cannot be, like the history of ideas, or even the history of the freedom of thought, an account of development, systematization, criticism, modification, replacement and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great Buddha-hood. BLYTH'S CONTRIBUTION: Blyth lived and worked in the East for forty years, until his death in 1964 at the age of sixty-six. From the time of his internment in Japan during World War II, Blyth wrote assiduously. In the 1950's, his "ZEN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE" and "ORIENTAL CLASSICS" and "HAIKU" reached enthusiastic readers in America and Europe. Aldous Huxley describes Blyth's work as "illuminating." As William J. Higginson writes in his "HAIKU HANDBOOK," thanks to Blyth "a new interest in Japanese Haiku began to grow among poets of the immediate post World War II generation." .. Blyth's Contribution to cross-cultural understanding was manifold. In 1945, Blyth assumed a post as professor of English at Tokyo's Gakushuin University, the former Peers' School. For almost twenty years he tutored Crown Prince Akihito, the present Emperor. Blyth played a leading role in Emperor Hirohito's historical declaration of January 1, 1946, that he was a human being rather than a god. Blyth edited numerous writings from English and American literature, making them available to avid Japanese readers. FIRST EDITIONS: Following is a list of the First Editions: Vol. 1: 1960; vol. 2: 1964; vol. 3: 1970; vol. 4: 1966; vol. 5: 1962; vol. 7: 1962. [vol. 5, 7 are same contents] see additional notes below. There was no volume six ever published nor issued. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WHAT A COMPLETE SET IS: COMPLETE IN 5 VOLUMES. Blyth originally planned this work to be an 8 volume set, but due to his untimely death, it only went to 5 volumes [per dust jacket notes found on volume 2]. The back of the dust jacket on volume one [First Edition] shows the list planning on a total of 8 volumes in all. The whole set now actually consists of 5 volumes only and is complete in that state. It contains the below list of volumes, the list is based on our primary observation of each volume in addition to the publisher's notice of the series found on the dust jackets of several volumes. The set is complete with volumes 1-5, there can be an acceptable variant in the last volume which can either be numbered volume 5 or 7, contents remains the same, it was merely the publisher's error. The value the a set with either volume 5 or 7 remains the same in our eyes, both issued in 1962 as the First Edition. THE COMPLETE SET OF 5 VOLUMES: Vol. I: GENERAL INTRODUCTION, FROM THE UPANISHADS TO HUINENG also WHAT I ZEN ? THE HISTORY OF ZEN, THE BELIEVING MIND, SONG OF TRHE WAY [THE CHENGTAOKE], THE PLATFORM SUTRA. Vol. II: HISTORY OF ZEN, 713-867 also THE FIVE SECTS, GOZU ZEN AND ROAN ZEN, ENO AND HIS DISCIPLES, SEKITO'S DISCIPLES, SEPPO, SEPPO'S DISCIPLES, HOGEN & DISCIPLES, YAKUSAN TO SEKISO, SENSU, KASSAN, SHOZAN, TOZAN, SOZAN & UNGO, UMMON I, II, III THE SANDOKAI, HOKYOZAMMAI, POEMS OF HANSHAN I, II, ZEN MYSTICISM, EXISTENTIALISM, WAYS AND THE WAY, NATURE, HUMAN NATURE, THE BUDDHA NATURE THE POETIC NATURE, DEFECTS OF ZEN. Vol. III: HISTORY OF ZEN 867-1260 also THE DISCIPLES OF TOZAN, NANGAKU AND BASHO, JOSHU, HYAKUJO RINZAI AND OBAKU THEIR DISCIPLES. Vol. IV: MUMONKAN, HISTORY OF KOREAN ZEN, WUMENKUAN &c. Vol. V: TWENTY-FIVE ZEN ESSAYS: WUMENKAUAN. ! Note: vol. 5 and 7 are the same contents, simply a numbering error on the part of the publisher. Vol. VI: HISTORY OF JAPANESE ZEN, DOGEN HAKUIN, ETC. To our knowledge, this volume was never published. The contents were likely incorporated into other volumes with variant titles. Vol. VII: ZEN ESSAYS, CHRISTIANITY, SEX, SOCIETY, ETC. !! Note: vol. 5 and 7 have the same contents, simply a numbering error on the part of the publisher. NEVER ISSUED: Vol. VIII: BUDDHIST SERMONS ON CHRISTIAN TEXTS. The publisher never issued this title as part of this series, but issued it as a monograph in 1952, several years predating this series, then again in 1976 posthumously. Neither editions ever had any markings to indicate it to be a part of this series, we can only assume Blyth made a simple error when discussing this title as part of the current series. PUBLISHER'S ERROR: Hokuseido press made an error in the numbering of this set. volumes 5 & 7 are identical. In fact, Blyth only published the first 5 of the planned set of 8 when he died in the fall of 1964, the last 3 volumes never published. To further complicate matters, in 1962 there was a 7th. volume set published but discontinued after Blyth's death, this was then reduced down to be numbered as volumes 1-5. The contents of old vol. 6 and 7 were combined to become new volume 5. This fact is clearly stated on verso of title page of new volume 5, "First published, as volume 7...1962 then reprinted as vol. 5, 1966." Suffice to say, when complete, the set is RARE in either of the 5 or 7 volume variants. The 8th volume was issued later as a monograph, and does NOT state volume 8. The dust jacket on volume 1 clearly shows the plan to publish 8 volumes in the complete planned set of 8. The dust jacket of volume 5 of the 5 volume set clearly states a new and revised volume count to be now 5. Volume 5 in the new set contains: TWENTY-FIVE ZEN ESSAYS, [CHRISTIANITY], SEX SOCIETY &c. Introductions by D.T. Suzuki. SIZE & BINDING: The set is uniformly bound in brown cloth, with black lettering, 11.5 x 18.5 cm. Each volume was issued with a uniform dust jacket, each in a different color. Later editions were issued in stiff wrappers, some with dust jackets again in the same size. NOTE: Please inquire at our website for other titles by Blyth, Zen and Japanese poetry. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, The Hokuseido Press, 1942 · Haiku, 1949-1952, complete in four volumes: Vol.1: Eastern Culture. Vol.2: Spring. Vol.3: Summer-Autumn. Vol.4: Autumn-Winter. The Hokuseido Press Japanese Satirical Verses, The Hokuseido Press, 1949 Japanese Humour, Japan Travel Bureau, 1957 Japanese Life and Character in Senryu, 1959. Oriental Humor, 1959. Edo Satirical Verse Anthologies, 1961. The Hokuseido Press. A History of Haiku in two volumes: Vol.1: From the Beginnings up to Issa. Vol.2: From Issa up to the Present.1963.The Hokuseido Press. Games Zen Masters Play: Writings of R. H. Blyth, 1976. .
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YANG AND YIN: A Novel of an American Doctor in China. [The Author’s Signed, Date

HOBART, Alice T. Indianapolis [1936], Merrill. Red cloth, very good, 366p. ca. 14 x 21 cm., gold stamped, very bright, clean copy, in mylar protected dustjacket, dj. minor wear, head/tail chips. FIRST EDITION *THE AUTHOR'S SIGNED, DATED PRESENTATION COPY* *** *** BASED ON THE LIVES OF TWO AMERICANS IN CHINA DR. ALFRED C. REED & DR. J.C. FERGUSON A well-told story, it addresses the impact of West upon East, the blind drive of machinery into a civilization already over-stocked with man power, the forcing of impersonal business organization upon a people governed by personal responsibility to the clan, the onslaught of aggressive thinking upon the quietude of Eastern philosophies. This is a fictional story based on two actual Americans who lived and workedin China. The author knew a substantial number of Americans and other foreigners in China, this is her candid story of the activities of a missionary and physican. Hobart draws on her personal knowledge and long experiences while living in China for almost two decades. The fictionalized stories of Dr. ALFRED C. REED [1884-1951] and DR. JOHN C. FERGUSON [1886-1945]. Ferguson was an American missionary, scholar of Chinese art, collector and procurer for American art museums, and a Chinese governmental adviser. Ferguson and wife were posted to a Methodist mission in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, where he took up the serious study of the Chinese language. See much more in the link below. WHO WAS THE AUTHOR Alice Tisdale Hobart [1882-1967]: She was a well-known American woman and author of popular fiction & non-fiction books about life in China. She was born Alice Nourse in Lockport, New York. Her most famous book, OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA, which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912. Mrs. Hobart has intimate knowledge of China and the relations of the Americans and Europeans who have put down roots deep into China, whether in self identification or service or industry and of the Chinese with whom they come in contact. She first traveled to China in 1908 to visit her sister Mary, who taught at a girl's school in Hangchow, and returned two years later to take up a post at the same establishment. After marrying Earle Tisdale Hobart, a Standard Oil Company executive, in Tientsin in 1914, she traveled to Manchuria and in 1916 published an article on her experiences at the hands of Manchurian bandits in The Atlantic Monthly. THE WRITINGS OF HOBART: Her Atlantic Montly article led to a series of pieces entitled "Leaves From a Manchurian Diary" and formed the basis for her first book: "PIONEERING WHERE THE WORLD IS OLD" in 1917. This title was written under her maiden name Alice Nourse. Her life in Changsha formed the backdrop for her second book, "BY THE CITY OF THE LONG SAND," while an assault on Nanking by Nationalist soldiers and her escape over the city wall to the safety of the waiting American gunboats was recounted in "WITHIN THE WALLS OF NANKING" in 1928. This book started as a piece in Harper's Magazine. Her fictional account of her experiences in China, not surprisingly, focused on the role played by Western businessmen, especially those engaged in importing and selling petroleum products. OTHER FASCINATING BOOKS ABOUT CHINA: "PIDGIN CARGO," set among traders on the Yangtze River, appeared in 1929, and later republished in 1934, with a new title: "RIVER SUPREME," her "OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA" in 1933. After making her home in California in the 1940s, her writing subjects expanded to encompass contemporary Mexico in "THE PEACOCK SHEDS HIS TAIL" (1945) and "CALIFORNIAN AGRARIAN LIFE IN THE CUP AND THE SWORD" 1942); her "THE CLEFT ROCK" (1948). In 1959 she published her memoir, "GUTSY'S CHILD." She published more than a dozen novels in all by the time of her death in 1967, with almost four million copies in print. HER WRITINGS: · Oil for the Lamps of China · Leaves From a Manchurian Diary · Pioneering Where the World is Old · By the City of the Long Sand · Within the Walls of Nanking · Pidgin Cargo · River Supreme · The Peacock Sheds His Tail · The Cup and the Sword · The Cleft Rock · Gusty's Child Yang and Yin Their Own Country Venture Into Darkness The Serpent-Wreathed Staff The Innocent Dreamers Note: a scans of the dust jackets in mylar portectors may have some reflections, these are NOT part of the condition of the jacket, just a light reflection. Please visit our website, as we have many other books by Hobart, related to China. REFERENCE: ALICE TISDALE HOBART: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Tisdale_Hobart ALFRED C. REED: His archive is housed in the Lane Medical Archives of Stanford University Medical Center: http://elane.stanford.edu/aid/06_Reed/index.htm DR. JOHN C. FERGUSON: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin_Ferguson .
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YANG AND YIN: A Novel of an American Doctor in China. [The Author’s Signed, Date

HOBART, Alice T. Indianapolis [1936], Merrill. Red cloth, very good, 366p. ca. 14 x 21 cm., gold stamped, very bright, clean copy, in mylar protected dustjacket, dj. minor wear, head/tail chips. FIRST EDITION *THE AUTHOR'S SIGNED, DATED PRESENTATION COPY* *** *** BASED ON THE LIVES OF TWO AMERICANS IN CHINA DR. ALFRED C. REED & DR. J.C. FERGUSON A well-told story, it addresses the impact of West upon East, the blind drive of machinery into a civilization already over-stocked with man power, the forcing of impersonal business organization upon a people governed by personal responsibility to the clan, the onslaught of aggressive thinking upon the quietude of Eastern philosophies. This is a fictional story based on two actual Americans who lived and workedin China. The author knew a substantial number of Americans and other foreigners in China, this is her candid story of the activities of a missionary and physican. Hobart draws on her personal knowledge and long experiences while living in China for almost two decades. The fictionalized stories of Dr. ALFRED C. REED [1884-1951] and DR. JOHN C. FERGUSON [1886-1945]. Ferguson was an American missionary, scholar of Chinese art, collector and procurer for American art museums, and a Chinese governmental adviser. Ferguson and wife were posted to a Methodist mission in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, where he took up the serious study of the Chinese language. See much more in the link below. WHO WAS THE AUTHOR Alice Tisdale Hobart [1882-1967]: She was a well-known American woman and author of popular fiction & non-fiction books about life in China. She was born Alice Nourse in Lockport, New York. Her most famous book, OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA, which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912. Mrs. Hobart has intimate knowledge of China and the relations of the Americans and Europeans who have put down roots deep into China, whether in self identification or service or industry and of the Chinese with whom they come in contact. She first traveled to China in 1908 to visit her sister Mary, who taught at a girl's school in Hangchow, and returned two years later to take up a post at the same establishment. After marrying Earle Tisdale Hobart, a Standard Oil Company executive, in Tientsin in 1914, she traveled to Manchuria and in 1916 published an article on her experiences at the hands of Manchurian bandits in The Atlantic Monthly. THE WRITINGS OF HOBART: Her Atlantic Montly article led to a series of pieces entitled "Leaves From a Manchurian Diary" and formed the basis for her first book: "PIONEERING WHERE THE WORLD IS OLD" in 1917. This title was written under her maiden name Alice Nourse. Her life in Changsha formed the backdrop for her second book, "BY THE CITY OF THE LONG SAND," while an assault on Nanking by Nationalist soldiers and her escape over the city wall to the safety of the waiting American gunboats was recounted in "WITHIN THE WALLS OF NANKING" in 1928. This book started as a piece in Harper's Magazine. Her fictional account of her experiences in China, not surprisingly, focused on the role played by Western businessmen, especially those engaged in importing and selling petroleum products. OTHER FASCINATING BOOKS ABOUT CHINA: "PIDGIN CARGO," set among traders on the Yangtze River, appeared in 1929, and later republished in 1934, with a new title: "RIVER SUPREME," her "OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA" in 1933. After making her home in California in the 1940s, her writing subjects expanded to encompass contemporary Mexico in "THE PEACOCK SHEDS HIS TAIL" (1945) and "CALIFORNIAN AGRARIAN LIFE IN THE CUP AND THE SWORD" 1942); her "THE CLEFT ROCK" (1948). In 1959 she published her memoir, "GUTSY'S CHILD." She published more than a dozen novels in all by the time of her death in 1967, with almost four million copies in print. HER WRITINGS: · Oil for the Lamps of China · Leaves From a Manchurian Diary · Pioneering Where the World is Old · By the City of the Long Sand · Within the Walls of Nanking · Pidgin Cargo · River Supreme · The Peacock Sheds His Tail · The Cup and the Sword · The Cleft Rock · Gusty's Child Yang and Yin Their Own Country Venture Into Darkness The Serpent-Wreathed Staff The Innocent Dreamers Note: a scans of the dust jackets in mylar portectors may have some reflections, these are NOT part of the condition of the jacket, just a light reflection. Please visit our website, as we have many other books by Hobart, related to China. REFERENCE: ALICE TISDALE HOBART: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Tisdale_Hobart ALFRED C. REED: His archive is housed in the Lane Medical Archives of Stanford University Medical Center: http://elane.stanford.edu/aid/06_Reed/index.htm DR. JOHN C. FERGUSON: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin_Ferguson .
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PIDGIN CARGO.

HOBART, Alice T. New York [1929], Century. Back cloth, very clean and solid copy, 315p., 13 x 19.5 cm., red stamped titles and a Chinese character on front cover, contents immaculate. FIRST EDITION **** *** THE PRIMARY ACCOUNT OF HER LIFE BY THE YANGTZE RIVER THE EFFORTS OF AN AMERICAN TRYING TO RUN STEAM BOATS UP THE WILD RAPIDS THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS TITLE: This work was first published under the title PIDGIN CARGO, and later republished under the alternate tile: RIVER SUPREME. Both titles are the exact same text, however there is an added value to this, the first appearacne of this title. THE SUBJECT: Novel of an American engineer's quest to tame China's Yangtze river determined to conquer the Upper Yangtze by steamboat [who] enters into an heroic struggle not only with the violent, wild Yangtze river, but with the sinister force of the over-populated land. With him is his wife, a timid woman who is afraid of the Oriental environment, afraid to bear children . . ." An interesting novel considering what was happening in China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion, 1900. The Yangtze was often called: THE "GOLD-DUST RIVER," [Shajin Jiang/he], "THE BIG RIVER," [Da Jiang/he] or "LONG RIVER" [Chang Jiang/he]. Alice Tisdale Hobart [1882-1967]: She was a well-known American woman author of popular fiction & non-fiction books about China. She was born Alice Nourse in Lockport, New York. Her most famous book, OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA, which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912. She first traveled to China in 1908 to visit her sister Mary, who taught at a girl's school in Hangchow, and returned two years later to take up a post at the same establishment. After marrying Earle Tisdale Hobart, a Standard Oil Company executive, in Tientsin in 1914, she traveled to Manchuria and in 1916 published an article on her experiences at the hands of Manchurian bandits in The Atlantic Monthly. It led to a series of pieces entitled Leaves From a Manchurian Diary and formed the basis for her first book, PIONEERING WHERE THE WORLD IS OLD in 1917. Her life in Changsha formed the backdrop for her second book, BY THE CITY OF THE LONG SAND, while an assault on Nanking by Nationalist soldiers and her escape over the city wall to the safety of the waiting American gunboats was recounted in WITHIN THE WALLS OF NANKING in 1928. This book started as a piece in Harper's Magazine. Her fictional account of her experiences in China, not surprisingly, focused on the role played by Western businessmen, especially those engaged in importing and selling petroleum products. PIDGIN CARGO, set among traders on the Yangtze River, appeared in 1929, and later republished in 1934, with the title: RIVER SUPREME. Also her OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA in 1933. After making her home in California in the 1940s, her subject matter expanded to encompass contemporary Mexico in The Peacock Sheds His Tail (1945) and Californian agrarian life in The Cup and the Sword (1942) and The Cleft Rock (1948). In 1959 she published her memoir, GUTSY'S CHILD. She published more than a dozen novels in all by the time of her death in 1967, with almost four million copies in print. Her writings: · Oil for the Lamps of China · Leaves From a Manchurian Diary · Pioneering Where the World is Old: Leaves From a Manchurian Diary. This :title was written under her maiden name but she is one and the same as Alice Tisdale Hobart. DUST JACKET When present, the end papers and dust jacket were designed & painted by L. Douglass .[Not present in all copies, please read the description of each copy offered]. Her writings: · Oil for the Lamps of China · Leaves From a Manchurian Diary · Pioneering Where the World is Old · By the City of the Long Sand · Within the Walls of Nanking · Pidgin Cargo · River Supreme · The Peacock Sheds His Tail · The Cup and the Sword · The Cleft Rock · Gusty's Child Yang and Yin Their Own Country Venture Into Darkness The Serpent-Wreatjed Staff The Innocent Dreamers [her last book] Please inquire at our website we may have other titles by her in stock. REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Tisdale_Hobart .
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A COMPENDIUM OF MINERALS AND STONES USED IN CHINESE MEDICINEFROM THE PEN T’SAO K

READ, Bernard E. et al. translators. [LI Shi Chen] [Peking 1928, Peking Society Natural History. Black board 3- hole folder, NEW and UNUSED photocopy, [121p.], A4 size, 134 entries, appendix, English index to terms & index to Chinese terms, metals, minerals & stones, with bibliographies. RARE **** *** THE ONE AND ONLY ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE ICONIC, LEGENDARY & MOST RARE PEN T'SAO KANG MU BY LI SHI CHEN, 1593 A.D. This is a photocopy of the original article, with English & Chinese translations of the Pen T'sao Kang Mu, printed on heavy paper. A superb resource, making the Pen T'sao Kan Mu [GREAT HERBAL], more useful with this superb article, the work is also know in Japanese as the Honzo Komoku. For the 1672 Japanese edition of the Honzo Komoku please visit our website and search for book number 390386. Color photos are posted to our website. IMPORTANT NOTE: By purchasing this item you agree to the following terms: We cannot accept any returns or 'adjustments,' on this item, no exceptions, all sales are final. REFERENCES: MESTLER, Gordon E.: A GALAXY OF OLD JAPANESE MEDICAL BOOKS WITH MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON EARLY MEDICINE IN JAPAN, pp. 294,175-176, 195,196. Bernard Emms Read & C. Pak.: A COMPENDIUM OF MINERALS AND STONES USED IN CHINESE [TRADITIONAL] MEDICINE FROM THE PEN T'SAO KANG MU, by LI Shi Chen, 1597 A.D. An article published in: Peking Natural History Bulletin, 1928. A translation of the original book contents in 121 pages, covering 134 entries, appendix, English index to terms & index to Chinese terms, bibliographies, . KERLEN, H.: CATALOGUE OF PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE BOOKS & MAPS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS, #573, P.249-252. Copious collation of each volume, WONG, K. Chimin & Wu Lien-teh: HISTORY OF CHINESE MEDICINE, Shanghai 1936, National Quarantine Service, 2nd ed., pp.105-109. MERRILL, Elmer D. et al.: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EASTERN ASIATIC BOTANY, Volume 1, 1938: p.555, #1590, cited as: LI Shih-chen, PEN TS'AO KANG MU, Materia Medica with commentaries. BRETSCHNEIDER, E.V.: MEDIAEVAL RESEARCHES FROM EASTERN ASIATIC SOURCES: Towards the Knowledge of the Geography & History of Central Fragments1892-96, main bibliography [16:54-69]. BARTLETT, Harley H. et al.: JAPANESE BOTANY DURING THE PERIOD OF WOOD-BLOCK PRINTING, allusion to the KAIBARA edition is cited on p.353, along with Ino JAKUSUI who was also the editor & commentator on the KAIBARA edition. LI Shih-chen: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/chinesemedicine/emperors. html https://www.worldcat.org/title/honzo-komoku/oclc/7774917&ref erer=brief_results .
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REPORTS OF THE MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM, Mar

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY COUNCIL. New York 1928, Intl. Missionary Council. Red cloth, volume 6 only, 272p., a clean and ex-library solid copy, usual marks, paper spine label, 9.5 x 13 cm., a solid copy, focus on: Korea, China, India & Asia. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION *** *** A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY BY THE LEADING EXPONENTS, SCHOLARS, MISSIONARIES & REVERENDS ON CHRISTIANITY, CONFUCIANISM, BUDDHISM, ISLAM, HINDUISM & MEDICAL MISSIONS FOUND IN JAPAN, CHINA, KOREA, BURMA, CEYLON, INDIA &c. WRITTEN BY LEADING SCHOLARS, EXPONENTS, MISSIONARIES & REVERENDS : The set is a "Who's Who" of the mission world's most authoritative and respected scholars: John Leighton Stuart, Kenneth J. Saunders, A.K. Reischauer, W.A. Eddy, Rufus M. Jones, Robert E. Speer, John A. McKay, J.H. Oldham, Luther A. Weigle, Galen M. Fisher, John Hope, Edmund De Schweinitz Brunner, John R. Mott, Rev. Cheng Ching Yi, David Z.T. Yui & William Paton, to mention just a few ! CONTENTS OF THE 8 VOLUME SET: Vol.1: THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE IN RELATION TO NON-CHRISTIAN SYSTEMS OF THOUGHT AND LIFE. Addresses Christianity: vs. Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism & Islam. Religious values in Confucianism. Secular Christian tasks, case for evangelization. Vol.2. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Africa and others. Vol.3. THE RELATION BETWEEN THE YOUNGER AND OLDER CHURCHES. Covers Burma, India & Ceylon. Vol.4. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN THE LIGHT OF RACE CONFLICT. Collection of papers including the religious and social status of the American Negro, racial relations in South Africa, and status of Oriental immigrants to America and Canada. Vol.5. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN RELATION TO INDUSTRIAL PROBLEMS. Covers China, Japan, India, Asia, Africa, Latin America. Vol.6. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN RELATION TO RURAL PROBLEMS. Covers examples of the work of Christian missions rural church, economic, social & religious conditions in Korea, China, India, Asia & Africa. a. Kenyon L. Butterfield: CHRISTIANITY AND RURAL CIVILIZATION, 31p. b. William J. McKee: EXAMPLES OF THE WORK OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS IN RURAL AREAS, 54p. [China, India, Africa, Near East] c. Thomas J. Jones: FACTORS OF A PROGRAMME FOR RURAL MISSIONS, 11p. d. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL KOREA: A Preliminary survey of economic, social and religious conditions, 108p. [A major and comprehensive article on Korea] f. Edmund D.S. Brunner: ADDITIONAL PAPERS: Enquiries regarding the Christian Church in rural China, 3p. g. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL INDIA AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 39p. h. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL ASIA: A summary statement, 15p. Far East: Japan, Tibet, Mongolia]. i. Kenyon L. Butterfield: RECORD OF THE COUNCIL DISCUSSION: Introductory address, 9p. j. K.T. Paul: ACCOUNT OF THE DISCUSSION, 5p. k. STATEMENT: Adopted by the International Missionary Council Meeting at Jerusalem, 1928, 15p. Vol.7.INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY CO-OPERATION. Resolutions, constitutions of [among others]: China, Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon, Australia, W. Asia, N. Africa, Latin America &c. Vol.8. ADDRESSES AND OTHER RECORDS. Essays on China, India, S. America, Persia, India, the Jews &c. ADDITIONAL CONTENTS: By and large, most volumes contains index, some also contain: maps, charts, statistics, appendices & bibliographies. Each volume is a monograph, together the corpus is an excellent reference source, factual, statistical, with researched essays based on field work. Each volume is a standalone resource. THE FIRST & ONLY ORIGINAL EDITION: The set was simultaneously published in 1928, London and New York. The contents are identical in all copies, bindings may differ. CONDITION: Please read and select the copy carefully, not all are the same. NOTE REGARDING EX-LIBRARY COPIES: We have described their condition in as much room as possible for each unique copy. In general terms, ex-library copies may also have had removed pockets from the inside back covers, various labels, stamps and the usual library treatment. We do not have space to describe each copies uniqueness. For additional information about a specific copy please enquire by email. In all cases the contents are exceptionally clean and free from any marks. In most cases these book have NOT been circulated, used or even read. PHOTOS: Color photos are posted to our website. .
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REPORTS OF THE MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM, Mar

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY COUNCIL. London [1928] Humphrey Milford,Oxford Univ. Press.Vol.6 only Maroon cloth, like NEW, UNUSED copy, excellent example, with dustjacket in mylar protector,13.5 x 20.4 cm., clean, solid, focus on Korea, China, India & Asia. FIRST EDITION *** *** A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY BY THE LEADING EXPONENTS, SCHOLARS, MISSIONARIES & REVERENDS ON CHRISTIANITY, CONFUCIANISM, BUDDHISM, ISLAM, HINDUISM & MEDICAL MISSIONS FOUND IN JAPAN, CHINA, KOREA, BURMA, CEYLON, INDIA &c. WRITTEN BY LEADING SCHOLARS, EXPONENTS, MISSIONARIES & REVERENDS : The set is a "Who's Who" of the mission world's most authoritative and respected scholars: John Leighton Stuart, Kenneth J. Saunders, A.K. Reischauer, W.A. Eddy, Rufus M. Jones, Robert E. Speer, John A. McKay, J.H. Oldham, Luther A. Weigle, Galen M. Fisher, John Hope, Edmund De Schweinitz Brunner, John R. Mott, Rev. Cheng Ching Yi, David Z.T. Yui & William Paton, to mention just a few ! CONTENTS OF THE 8 VOLUME SET: Vol.1: THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE IN RELATION TO NON-CHRISTIAN SYSTEMS OF THOUGHT AND LIFE. Addresses Christianity: vs. Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism & Islam. Religious values in Confucianism. Secular Christian tasks, case for evangelization. Vol.2. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Africa and others. Vol.3. THE RELATION BETWEEN THE YOUNGER AND OLDER CHURCHES. Covers Burma, India & Ceylon. Vol.4. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN THE LIGHT OF RACE CONFLICT. Collection of papers including the religious and social status of the American Negro, racial relations in South Africa, and status of Oriental immigrants to America and Canada. Vol.5. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN RELATION TO INDUSTRIAL PROBLEMS. Covers China, Japan, India, Asia, Africa, Latin America. Vol.6. THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IN RELATION TO RURAL PROBLEMS. Covers examples of the work of Christian missions rural church, economic, social & religious conditions in Korea, China, India, Asia & Africa. a. Kenyon L. Butterfield: CHRISTIANITY AND RURAL CIVILIZATION, 31p. b. William J. McKee: EXAMPLES OF THE WORK OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS IN RURAL AREAS, 54p. [China, India, Africa, Near East] c. Thomas J. Jones: FACTORS OF A PROGRAMME FOR RURAL MISSIONS, 11p. d. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL KOREA: A Preliminary survey of economic, social and religious conditions, 108p. [A major and comprehensive article on Korea] f. Edmund D.S. Brunner: ADDITIONAL PAPERS: Enquiries regarding the Christian Church in rural China, 3p. g. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL INDIA AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 39p. h. Edmund D.S. Brunner: RURAL ASIA: A summary statement, 15p. Far East: Japan, Tibet, Mongolia]. i. Kenyon L. Butterfield: RECORD OF THE COUNCIL DISCUSSION: Introductory address, 9p. j. K.T. Paul: ACCOUNT OF THE DISCUSSION, 5p. k. STATEMENT: Adopted by the International Missionary Council Meeting at Jerusalem, 1928, 15p. Vol.7.INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY CO-OPERATION. Resolutions, constitutions of [among others]: China, Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon, Australia, W. Asia, N. Africa, Latin America &c. Vol.8. ADDRESSES AND OTHER RECORDS. Essays on China, India, S. America, Persia, India, the Jews &c. ADDITIONAL CONTENTS: By and large, most volumes contains index, some also contain: maps, charts, statistics, appendices & bibliographies. Each volume is a monograph, together the corpus is an excellent reference source, factual, statistical, with researched essays based on field work. Each volume is a standalone resource. THE FIRST & ONLY ORIGINAL EDITION: The set was simultaneously published in 1928, London and New York. The contents are identical in all copies, bindings may differ. CONDITION: Please read and select the copy carefully, not all are the same. NOTE REGARDING EX-LIBRARY COPIES: We have described their condition in as much room as possible for each unique copy. In general terms, ex-library copies may also have had removed pockets from the inside back covers, various labels, stamps and the usual library treatment. We do not have space to describe each copies uniqueness. For additional information about a specific copy please enquire by email. In all cases the contents are exceptionally clean and free from any marks. In most cases these book have NOT been circulated, used or even read. PHOTOS: Color photos are posted to our website. .
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HAKONE KOSUI NO ZU: HAKONE, VIEW OF THE LAKE, FROM THE THE TOKAIDO GOJUSAN TSUGI

HIROSHIGE, Ando. I [Utagawa] [Edo 1841-42? Takenouchi]. Color Oban woodblock print,signed in block, 34.2 x 21.8 cm., edges trimmed, five small verso old mends, now solid, excellent impression & registry, a bit dusty, very good reprint example, sold "as is." **** *** HAKONE KOSUI NO ZU: HAKONE -VIEW OF THE LAKE ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC & FAMOUS VIEWS OF THE SERIES THE FIFTY-THREE STAGES OF THE TOKAIDO HIGHWAY This is one of the most famous and iconic prints of the series, showing great composition and excellent use of multiple colors. The mountain which faces Mt. Fuji showing "respect" as well as "pointing" to the most" Sacred" mountain of Japan. The blue lake to the left of the mountain completes a classic view. This is print number 11 of the series. Per Forrer, this print is the exact print discussed and illustrated, with the exact three cinnabar Hanko [seals/chops]. It was published by Takenouchi Magohachi [Hoeido] ca. 1831-4, Signed Hiroshige Ga, with censor seal [Kiwame]. See Forrer below. We believe this is a later but undated reprint of the above example. CONDITION: The print surface is soiled, dusty, with four mends on the verso corners plus a few other mends. Some usual but minor color toning with trimmed margins, sold "as is." Nevertheless this still remains a very famous and stunning woodblock color print. TERMS OF SALE: This print is sold "as is" and is NOT returnable. By ordering this item, you agree to the above terms. Please view color photos posted to our website prior to ordering. REFERENCES: LANE, Richard.: IMAGES FROM THE FLOATING WORLD: THE JAPANESE PRINT INCLUDING AN ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF UKIYO-E, pp.229, 172-184,231-233, #80, showing Hiroshige signature as ca. 1832 in this print. FORRER, Matthi. et al.: HIROSHIGE: PRINTS AND DRAWINGS, see #18 & opposite page color print, our exact example, published by Takenouchi Magohachi [Hoeido] ca. 1831-34, with Kiwame censor seal. This work is cited in several of the standard bibliographies. .
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SHIZHU ZHAI SHU HUA PU: TEN BAMBOO PAVILION: MISCELLANEOUS NOTES FROM THE TEN-BA

HU, Zheng-yen. China [1817]. Blue folded Chuan cloth case & 2 ivory clasps, 4 volume set, bound in 16 parts, 283 folded leaves, leading cut "butterfly" as issued, profusely color illustrated wood- block prints, lovely Ch'ing edition, in blue cloth case.RARE The original and first edition of this most important of all Chinese color woodblock printed books was by Hu Zhengyan [1584-1674]in the late Ming [ca. 1640's]. The publication of this first and most celebrated color printed book, ignaurat- ted a new era in the history of Chinese woodblock printmak- ing, it also established a unique and new style in the art of block-print and plate-carving in China. This work combin- ed the multiple-block color-printing process, in which a separate block was carved for each color in the finished print, and the relief/intaglio block process, in which the paper was pressed between matching relief & intaglio blocks in order to produce embossed patterns. This work stunned the Chinese world of art and printed books. These color printing techniques were a great innovation, and some 200 years later the Japanese began to emulate this color printing method in their Ukiyo-e or "Brocade" color prints of the "Floating World" period. SUBJECT OF THE 8 SECTIONS: The book is divided into eight parts, arranged according to subject matter: Exemplars of calligraphy and Painting; Manual on Bamboo; Volume of Ink Masterpieces; Manual on Rocks; Manual on Birds; Manual on Plum [prunus]; Manual on Orchids; Manual on Fruits, and round fans. Each illustrattion is double page, with center fold most all are cinnabar chop sealed. Often there is a matching text or poem on the adjacent double-page. There is no known "correct" sequence of the eight sections, individual leaves vary between editions. The work was "butterfly bound" ie. a large page is center-folded, and the open ends were stitched into typical Chinese style binding of books. Each section contains multiple parts. FIRST KNOWN COLOR-PRINTED & ILLUSTRATED BOOK: The work is a pioneer effort and a first in the realm of color printing in China. It precedes all other cultures in the rightful claim as thefirst ever color printed book ! It is of major importance to point out that books of this period and complexity containing a very large number of woodblock printed color illustrations were collated and put together by illerate 'printer's devils.' These workers were part of a "production line" of young boys, who collated and placed the printed sheets, that were supposed to be collected one-by-one and put in the proper order into each volume. Occasionally these collators missed a page, or inserted two of the same pages. These are common and accepted norms for books of this period and complexity. While collating, we found a duplicate half- page illustration inserted next to the identical double page illustrtaion, prooving our point. This kind of error was common in 17th-18th and even into the 19th century for books published in Europe as well. Not having page numbers means that each page was simply put into random order, most of which were inserted by the subject of each volume, as cited below. Liberally paraphrased from the below references. This work is delicately printed on thin paper, using pastel colors closely emulating the original art work. SUBJECT OF THE 8 SECTIONS: The book is divided into eight parts, arranged according to subject matter: Exemplars of calligraphy and Painting; Manual on Bamboo; Volume of Ink Masterpieces; Manual on Rocks; Manual on Birds; Manual on Plum [prunus]; Manual on Orchids; Manual on Fruits, and round fans. Each illustrattion is double page, with center fold most all are cinnabar chop sealed. Often there is a matching text or poem on the adjacent double-page. There is no known "correct" sequence of the eight sections, individual leaves vary between editions. The work was "butterfly bound" ie. a large page is center-folded, and the open ends were stitched into typical Chinese style binding of books. Each section contains multiple parts. FIRST KNOWN COLOR-PRINTED & ILLUSTRATED BOOK: The work is a pioneer effort and a first in the realm of color printing in China. It precedes all other cultures in the rightful claim as thefirst ever color printed book ! CONDITION, BINDING: This set has been rebound at some point in older times, put into hand-made bamboo paper, laid in the traditional fashion. The edges where barely trimmed, and remain its "look and feel" of the original edition. The work is immaculate, and has an occasional flaw as published, ie small tears, a few minor smudges, in lovely color beautifully color printed with wood blocks, on very white and clean hand-made Chinese traditional thin, laid paper. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Philip K. Hu: VISIBLE TRACES RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CHINA, book number 15, pp.65-68 and the accompanying 4 color plates. EBREY, Thomas.: THE EDITIONS, SUPERSTATES, AND STATES OF THE TEN BAMBOO STUDIO COLLECTION OF CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING. The most comprehensive comparison of editions in recent times. [Pan, Yuen-Shih]: SPECIAL EXHIBITION COLLECTORS' SHOW OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE WOODCUT PRINTS, where he illustrates a very large number of color examples from this book, and his essay on this title, p.299. Robert T. Paine, Jr.: THE TEN BAMBOO STUDIO: Its Early Editions, Pictures, and Artists, article in ARCHIVES OF THE CHINESE ART SOCIETY OF AMERICA, V, 1951, pp.39-54. A valuable study, addressing the collation of the 1879 edition, and other valuable comments on the 1817 edition, which he states :..."Of the still later recut editions little need be said. That of 1817 is undoubtedly the best and most famous." See p.43. He also states just above this comment: "It isll but impossible to suggest dates for the last three editions [1633, 1643, 1715] unless it is that they seem to antedate the edition of 1817." Of major importance, is his statement on p.45: "...Finally, it is perhaps significant that no two of the early copies seen bave turned out to be identical. It seems likely tat far more editions exist than those enumerated in this [!!] elementary study." And this: "Similar difficulties are to be found in the sequence of pictures within each volume. As the early editions are usually incomplete or have been separataed for the sake of showing the pictures, it seems best to follow the sequence of the earliest and most logical complete editions." Page 45. T.C. LAI: CHINESE DECORATED LETTER-PAPER, Kowloon [1978]. R. Petrucci: KIAI-TSEU-YUAN HOU TCHOUAN ENCYCLOPEDIE DE LA PEINTURE CHINOISE. 1918. K. Toda: THE RYERSON COLLECTION OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, p.405-406. Japanese title: Jit- Chiku-Sai Gwafu [the old romanization]. Toda points out on p.406, that the 1817 edition [Published Chia-Ch'ing 22] is complete in 8 volumes, with size 24.5 x 14 cm., which is about the size of our set. I quote him:..."The preface byl the pbulisher Chieh-tzu-yuan explains that, as the original printing blocks of the book are getting worn, and the spirit of the pictures is being lost by the dimness of the prints, this reprint is made after an excellent original copy kept by the publisher. There are slight changes in the selections of the pictures, compared with our first copy, which, very likely is the original edition. Some pictures in this reprint are printed reversed, which proves that stenils were used instead of printing blocks." Joseph Needham in his monumental series SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION OF CHINA. There is much valuable information on Chinese woodcut & woodcut-illustrated books here. .
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EHON HARU NO SHINONOME: EAST CLOUD IN SPRING. [Woodblock Printed & Illustrated B

EHON HARU NO SHINONOME: EAST CLOUD IN SPRING. Osaka 1792, Kobayashi. Stiff blue stitched wrappers, title slips, 4 vol. set, 15.8 x 22.5, 40 double-leaves, 35 woodcut illustrations, solid example, contents very clean, covers & title slips rubbed, RARE FIRST EDITION **** *** AN EXCELLENT LATE 18TH CENTURY EDO LIFE IN OSAKA AREA This excellent genre work covers a wide variety of Edo period life style, customs, manners, occupations, dress, and ways of Japanese life in the Kansai [Osaka] area. The set is profusely illustrated with 35 black line drawings, being of an early vintage, prior to the popularity and advent of color printing as a common feature. The images are stunning and beautifully drawn and executed in the typical 17th & 18th century style. THE SUBJECTS: The subjects and depictions cover birds, fruit trees, musical instruments and playing music, agricultural activities, fishing, use of rivers and river craft, Bijin [Japanese beauties], women of all kinds, elaborate coiffeur, Kimono and other clothing. Rural life, life & activities of the farmers and rural people, life of the elite and Samurai class, Bon [Festival of the dead in August] Dance, festival processions, architecture, children's activities, Hana Mi [spring time outing to look at the cherry blossoms picnic], leisure activities, Tsuki Mi [autumn moon viewing], an excellent double-page view of the Shichi Fukuji [The Seven Gods of Wealth]: Ebisu, Daikoku, Hotei, Benten & Bishamon. Mountain and river landscape, rainy & stormy days, horse mounted hunting parties, farms & farming, rice paddy, domestic views inside of homes, farmers using buffalo in the fields, elegantly dressed courtiers on excursions and outings, wearing elaborate silk clothing. In volume 4 is a fascinating double-page illustration of a rural scene with two falconers carrying their birds on the way to a hunt. This is a very RARE and seldom illustrated subject. COLLATION: The set contains the following double-leave pages, double & single leaf illustrated pages. Volume: double-leaves, double p. & single page illustrations 1. 9 8 1 2 11 10 2 3. 10 10 2 4. 10 10 2 ------------------------------------ Totals 40 28 7 There is a colophon at the back of volume one. This set was previously owned by an English speaking foreigner and a few illustrations have English captions written in light pencil at the top margins. CONDITION: The set is bound in the original publisher's blue blind-stamped cherry blossom decorated stiff covers, firmly stitched bound. The title slips are present with chipped edges, they have black-brushed volume numbers; volume two has four brushed lines rather than two, else no issues. There is some of the usual but minor dustiness to the covers, typical minimal rubbing to the edges and corners. The contents are by and large very clean, no worming or stains, with a bit of the usual minor thumbing. There are no stains or any old worming. With excellent registry and impression, nicely woodblock printed on bright and clean Washi [mulberry fiber] paper. An Above average clean example of the period. Color photos are posted to our website. RARE AND OBSCURE: This work is exceptionally obscure, and NOT listed in the typical and usual reference resources. REFERENCE: ! NOT LISTED IN: TODA CHIBBETT KERLEN: He does however list the publisher on p.895 DAWES MITCHELL .
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A PAIR OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL HAND-MADE CHINESE FOLK-ART FIGURES IN SILK CLOTHING.

CHINESE FOLK-ART HAND-MADE SILK FIGURES [China ca. 1900-1910]. A pair of hand-made Chinese figures, about 15.5 x 33 cm., a man & woman, constructed with padded old silk cloth & painted faces, hair ornaments & shoes, very clean and solid, framed and glazed. OBSCURE ORIGINAL ITEMS **** *** A FINE EXAMPLE OF CHINESE FOLK-ART A PAIR OF HAND-MADE SILK-PADDED FIGURES DEPICTING A CHINESE COUPLE IN ELABORATE SILK COSTUME The Chinese have been talented in making various kinds of stunning three dimensional doll-like human figures for years. This pair exceeds the norms by rendering a superb pair of early Qing period-style dressed figures. The woman has a very white-porcelain-face painted on silk. With a beautiful Phoenix decorating her headdress. Her exterior garments are of brocade silk, with flowers pasted on and flowing various colored silk inner garments and black-accented inner edge with a red accent outer garment & matching red-sleeve ends. In her left hand she holds either a hat or a basket, it unclear. The man is the typical literati-scholar type, with long beard, double chignons, red-brocade outer silk robe, inner white and gray-brocade gowns and painted shoes. In his right hand he holds a fan and in his left a white painted cloth looking like a fly swatter horse tail. He wears a long beard, goatee and chin whiskers. The pair are expertly executed by a skilled creator, realistic in all aspects. Each is separately glazed, matted and framed in simple brown wood. CONDITION: The figures and their clothing are in excellent condition, without damage nor stains. There is a single small brown mat stain or two on the lower edge of each, this does not detract from the overall fine examples. There is a tiny bit of wear in two places in the cloth, on the man's example, however they are barely noticeable: one just below the chin in the pink cloth, and on the lower side of his girdle, are two tiny holes or wear spots. There are not worm or other holes or distractions whatsoever. All in all a far and above average of a RARE example seldom found on the market these days. At our option we will ship this pair without the glass to protect the figures from damage. Color photo are posted to our website. .
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CHA SHITSU OKOSHI-E ZUSHU: JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY ROOMS AND HOUSES WITH THREE DIM

HORIGUCHI, Sutemi. [supervisor] 1Tokyo 1963-66, Bokusui Shobo. Elephant folio 36.5 x 51 cm., a fine example, 12 volumes complete, cloth Chitsu, pristine a NEW example, profuse color & b.w. photos, many 3-d models. * FIRST & ONLY LIMITED, NUMBERED EDITION OF 500 COPIES * * ***** *** THE LEGENDARY & SELDOM FOUND DELUXE SET OF TWELVE ELEPHANT FOLIO VOLUMES FIRST & ONLY RARE LIMITED & NUMBERED EDITION OF 500 COPIES A SPECTACULAR COMPLETE SET IN FINE CONDITION PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATING JAPAN'S MOST FAMOUS TEA HOUSES IN LARGE COLOR & BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS WITH ADDITIONAL FOLDERS OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL TEA HOUSE MODELS & FLOOR PLANS THE JAPANESE TEA HOUSE AND TEA CEREMONY ARE ANCIENT ZEN ARTS Issued in 12 Deluxe gold-flecked decorated cloth covered Chitsu [folding cases], with two bone clasps. A DELUXE EDITION OF 500 NUMBERED COPIES ONLY Each Chitsu contains: a. A hardbound book [CHA SHITSU OKOSHIE ZUSHU] of description of the Tea House illustrations. A fine publication, bound in silver or gold paper-covered boards, printed on fine deckle-edge Washi [handmade] paper. THE CREATIVE STAFF: Instruction: HORIGUCHI Sutemi & NAKAMURA Masao Photography: Watanabe Yoshio, Hayakawa Masao, Murasawa Fumio, Tashima Shoichi, Nakane Kinsaku, Asada Toshizo & Kato Takeo. Titles drawn by: Shinoda Tokoh Figure titles drawn by: Inoue Sachiko Publisher: Kitazawa Shigetaro, Bokusui Shobo Co. Publishing place: Bokusui.[black coal ink-Sumi] Shobo, Tokyo. CONTENTS: Each volume contains a profusion of tipped in actual black & white photographs of various Cha-ya [tea houses], the Zen gardens & rock gardens, stone walks, stone water wells [water pots], diagrams of tea houses, garden diagrams, Cha-ya interiors, exteriors, Tatami mat lay-outs, internal furniture, Tokunoma, Fusuma, Shoji and all other architectural features, including where Otenmai [Zen tea ceremony] is performed. A fabulous look at the 'rustic' Japanese Cha-ya, as found throughout Japan, including those found at Buddhist & other Zen temples. Each book [CHA SHITSU OKOSHIE ZUSHU] has a colophon stating: a. Title: b. Price c. Date: Beginning Showa 38-41 [1963-66] nearly four years in the making. BINDING: The set is uniformly bound in fine gold-flecked cloth covered Chitsu folding cases with two bone pegs. Each case has gold-stamped front cover titles with paper title slips on the spines. Each Chitsu contains: a. A silver/gold bound book of texts and black & white actual tipped-in photographs showing aspects of Cha-ya [Tea Houses], architecture, gardens, rock gardens, internal Cha-ya details, Fusuma, Shoji, furniture, Tatami mats, other accessories, including floor plans and other drawings and details. b. A large envelope [blue or red] containing large [31.5 x 39 cm.] color & black & white loose photographs of various aspects of the Cha-ya, interior, exterior, gardens, rock gardens, rock & stone paths, water vessels, landscape, internal roof design, Shoji sliding doors, Tokunoma, a virtual photographic essay illustrating all aspects of the Cha-ya and its surroundings and environment. Each photograph is numbered, with title which matches that shown on the inside of the Chitsu, for easy collation. c. Large folders, [number varies with each volume] which contain three-dimensional models of each Cha-ya, Temples and selected representative examples discussed, illustrated and outlined in this series. Some also include floor plans, garden plans, additional informational sheets. The three-dimensional Cha-ya are easily put together on the inside of each folder, with tabs and slots, some are colored, all are impressive and show the true nature, interiors and exteriors of each example, a Deluxe Edition, seldom found with such lavish models. d. Title board. Each contains a matching Chitsu cloth edged board with title and publisher's name [one per side], as a protector of the contents. e. Cardboard insert to protect the contents. Some volumes also have a cardboard sheet, used to protect the contents. RARITY: The works has always been RARE from the date of issue, it was over-subscribed and all 500 numbered copies immediately sold out and out-of-print the day of publication. The work seldom comes to market, this is our first complete and pristine example in over 53 years of tenure. This is a spectacular item, with very high quality production, materials, high production cost and the use of the finest of handmade Washi papers, with intensive hand-labor to create and install the three dimensional models into the folders. . An exquisite example exhibiting the art of the Deluxe Japanese book and book binding. CONDITION: The set is uniformly bound in the original publisher's varied color, gold-flecked cloth, containing all called for parts, complete as issued, in Unused, NEW condition. Chitsu: The folding cloth cover is pristine as issued, with an occasional and usual but very feint & moderate bit of edge foxing to the inside of the Chitsu end papers, or a few minimal foxing to be expected of a book more than 55 years old. The Chitsu cases are all contained in the original cardboard protective boxes with title slips. There is some of the usual wear to these boxes, which have accomplished their task of protecting the precious contents. All protective cardboard boxes have been reinforced corners or edges using brown Kraft paper where necessary to strengthen them. There is evidence of old, original tape marks on all. The internal folders are pristine, each complete with all parts containing the three-dimensional Cha-ya room models as issued. per the list found inside each Chitsu cover end papers. In addition to the three-dimensional models inside there are several folders with many floor and garden plans. This special publication has a large number of these three-dimensional models, which keenly illustrated the Tea Rooms in great detail, with internal drawing and features clearly depicted. ONE OF A KIND BOOK! The envelopes containing the large portfolio of loose photographs are pristine and complete with all called for photographs, per the list printed on the outside cover. NOTE: Color scans are posted to our website. You are welcome to inquire if you have any questions. SHIPPING: The set is large and very heavy, appropriate packing, shipping, insurance and signature required fees will apply. At our option we may select Federal Express as a shipping method. REFERENCES: SADLER, A.L.: CHA-NO-YU: THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. [UTAGAWA, Kunikiyo]. Aka Ichiraku-sai.: CHA SHIKI KAGETSU SHU: JAPANESE ZEN TEA CEREMONY & RITUALS: The Way of Tea Ceremony and Tea Furniture and Settings. SEN, Soshitsu.: CHA-NO-YU. [TEA CEREMONY ROOM]. --.: THE ART OF TAKING TEA. A Guide for the Guest to the Japanese. TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM.: SPECIAL EXHIBITION: ART OF TEA CEREMONY. SMITH, W. Harding.: THE CHA-NO-YU, OR TEA CEREMONY. HAMMITZSCH, Horst.: ZEN IN THE ART OF THE TEA CEREMONY. TANAKA, Sen'o.: THE TEA CEREMONY. IGUCHI, Kaisen.: TEA CEREMONY. KOBAYASHI, Jokichi.: SUKIYA KOH ZOH HOH: THE DESIGN & BUILDING OF TEA CEREMONY HOUSE & ROOMS. HAYASHIYA, Tatsusaburo. et al.: JAPANESE ARTS AND THE TEA CEREMONY. HAYASHIYA, Seizo.: CHANOYU: Japanese Tea Ceremony. [KIKAWA.] photographer.: CHADO: JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. [Vintage Photograph of Chado] Please visit our website to find some of the above reference books. .
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CHINESE FURNITURE: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch’ing Dynasties.

ELLSWORTH, Robert H. New York [1971], Random. Green cloth, 153 color & b.w.photos "NEW" UNUSED copy, in original pictorial slipcase, index, appendix, bibliography,firm, solid pristine copy, 26.5 x 35, cm., in original shipping box. RARE ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION **** *** THE MOST RELIABLE & AUTHORITATIVE REFERENCE ON THE SUBJECT A FAMOUS REFERENCE SOURCE The most authoritative work compiled, highly sought after study. With historical background, Ming & Qing evidence for dating and woods known to have been used. Chinese joinery, metal mounts, furniture of the Ming and Qing, construction techniques, conversation & restoration commentary. With research on joinery & construction. By and large, the most valuable and most useful monograph on the subject to date. This work is the classic on the subject, dependable and comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Ming & Qing furniture. THE SLIPCASE: When present this is a cloth covered ends with pictorial paste-on color cloth design, over hard boards. Not all examples come with this protective slipcase. ORIGINAL SHIPPING CASE: In some examples we also offer the original cardboard custom shipping case with title stamped on the spine. The box case was designed to oprotect the book from edge and corner bumping. Not all examples come with this case. CONDITION: Please read the condition for each copy. Color scans are posted to our website. .