西ヶ原刊行会. Showa 11 . Third edition. Stock ID #130047
20 attractive colour plates, 163 + 10pp. Continuation 159 + 10pp. The original work and the supplementary text (not included in the first edition) bound in one volume. Indices in Japanese and Latin. Pencilled details of book in English front free endpaper, occasional light browning and soiling but generally very good and clean. Original cloth worn at corners and a little rubbed on the spine. 26 x 19.5 cm The names of the beetles are introduced in Latin and Japanese, and the plate is followed by an explanation in Japanese of each beetle.
There are people in Japan who keep beetles as pets. Lafcadio Hearn stated in a university lecture that "Japanese and Ancient Greeks are the only people who really love insects." It may be that this book is a way to understand "the insect soul of Japanese"! (When referring to this item please quote stockid 130047).
Price: $350.00 AU