This catalogue is a selection of antiquarian books, ephemera, maps and posters in English, Chinese and Japanese catalogued over the last few months. Highlights? Biased as we are, we think all the items are very interesting and unusual! If forced to make some choices:
*The huge very scarce brightly coloured decorative map published by the Japanese navy in 1940 to celebrate their 2600th anniversary [Commemorating the 2600th Year. Pictorial Story of Japan as the Sea Nation].
*The beautiful copy of The European in India; From a Collection of Drawings, By Charles Doyley with its stunning full page colour plates
*The wickedly salicious novel by de Martel and de Hoyer Silhouettes of Peking
*The fascinating unauthorised Japanese news sheet or kawaraban the title of which translated to Illustrated Interpretations of 70 Types of Small Civil Crimes. It is amazing how many ways there were to fall foul of the authorities in 1876!