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"Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated from the original Chinese-Japanese by Major H. R. Gosman . . ."

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"Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated from the original Chinese-Japanese by Major H. R. Gosman . . .": [Uniform title: Sunzi Bing fa = Sun Tzu on The art of war. English]

by Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

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First edition (only edition), the FIRST AMERICAN TRANSLATION of Sun Tzu on The art of war, little known and very scarce on the market. The translator was George Henry Rankin Gosman (1876–1958), MD, of Brooklyn (New York), US military attaché at Tokyo 1911–15. This was the only American translation of Sun Tzu for two generations, till 1963. The present copy belonged to the AGF library under Lesley McNair, whom Marshall called "the brains of the army". —— Collation (volume 56, offered complete): [i–iv], [1]–408 pages. Collated perfect. Binding: Red buckram lettered in gilt. Condition: Very good. —— Provenance: (1) US Coast Artillery School (1907–46) library, at Fort Monroe (Hampton, Virginia), accession no. 29155, typical stamps; (2) US Army Ground Forces (1942–48) library, Army War College (Washington, DC), accession no. A7343, bookplate, spine label.

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Bookseller
Jay Dillon Rare Books + Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
H1250
Title
"Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated from the original Chinese-Japanese by Major H. R. Gosman . . ."
Author
Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC
Format/binding
Red buckram lettered in gilt
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition (only edition)
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
In: Journal of the Military Service Institution of the United States (1879–1917) volume 56, no. 195 (May 1915), pages 418–34
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1915

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spine label
The paper or leather descriptive tag attached to the spine of the book, most commonly providing the title and author of the...[more]
buckram
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bookplate
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gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]

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