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A Century of Oriental Bookselling
Arthur Probsthain, Oriental Bookseller & Publisher, was founded in 1902 at 14 Bury Place, London WC1 and has been at its present site at 41 Great Russell St, London WC1 since 1903. Arthur Probsthain, one of the few outstanding specialists in Oriental literature, at that time not merely in London and Europe, but in the entire world, accumulated a deep knowledge over the years and produced many catalogues of outstanding importance. Thanks to his renown, the bookshop became a meeting point for scholars from all over the world.
Probsthain's nephew Walter Sheringham, who inherited the business in the 1930s, built on the well-researched catalogues established by the founder and on the firm's existing stocks of Asian literature of all kinds. He also continued to publish the Probsthain series on Chinese literature, Islamic and Indian religion, which had contributed to Arthur Probsthain's outstanding reputation.
Today, Probsthain's remains a family business run by Walter Sheringham's wife, son and daughter and has a branch, the SOAS Bookshop in Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
The collection of Japanese art books has been steadily built up over many years from various sources, such as Japanese scholars and collectors and the Lots on offer here would make a valuable contribution to any library. Among the many items of major interest, often with dedications by well-known late 19th- and early 20th-century collectors, are a group of early accounts of Japan and its art, including those of Alcock, Guimet, Humbert and Régamey, and a number of early academic standard works such as Anderson's Pictorial Arts of Japan (1886), Binyon's Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Woodcuts (1916), the catalogues of George Audsley and James Bowes, Cutler's Grammar of Japanese Ornament and Design (1880), Joly's Legend in Japanese Art (1908) and Morrison's Painters of Japan (1911).
There are also several copies, in both French and English editions, of S. Bing's influential journal Le Japon Artistique (Artistic Japan) and Louis Gonse's L'art Japonais (1883 and subsequent editions), a complete set of Captain Brinkley's, Japan Described and Illustrated by the Japanese, in the original 15 paper-bound sections (1897-8), the British architect Josiah Conder's books on flower arrangement and landscape gardening (1893 and 1899) and important sale catalogues including Bing, Burty, Corbin, Gillot, Hayashi, Kiss, Lawrence and Vignier.
Special mention should also be made of the English translation of Isaac Titsingh's Annales des Empereurs du Japon, prepared by the Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland in 1834, and Siebold's Thesaurus Linguae Japonicae (Leiden, 1835-41), as well as a highly significant group of publications with plates prepared by Ogawa Kazuma, the only photographer to be appointed Teishitsu Gigeiin [Artist to the Imperial Household], including a near-perfect edition of vols. 1-12 of Shinbi taikan [Selected Relics of Japanese Art] (1899-1906).
Among the many other unusual treasures that will attract the discerning bibliophile are the theatre programme The Darling of the Gods (1903) with illustrations by Yoshio Markino, a Japanese artist who spent the greater part of his life in London, Ory's very early French text on lacquer cultivation (1875), Quin's better-known report on the lacquer industry (1882), a government publication on folklore of North-Eastern Japan, inscribed by the legendary ethnologist Yanagita Kunio (1937), a very rare essay on Hokusai by the collector Michael Tomkinson (1904) and another by Charles Holmes (1899), an early album of print facsimiles by Watanabe Shozaburo (1915), Mrs Hanako Baelz's Japanese account of Germany during the Great War (1936), A. Lloyd's Imperial Songs (1905) and a fine photographic album by K. Tamamura of Yokohama.
Lots 214 - 225 are sold subject not to return