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Ames on Forgery: Its Detection and Illustration, with Numerous Causes Celebres
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Ames on Forgery: Its Detection and Illustration, with Numerous Causes Celebres

by Daniel T Ames

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Ames-Rollinson company, 1900. Hardcover. Very Good. 0x0x0. Signed. [Presentation copy] Inscribed, with flourish, to G. S. Morse "with compliments of the author". Octavo. Original tan cloth, black and red leather spine labels. 293 pages ; 26 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. <br> Daniel T. Ames was a major figure in American ornamental penmanship, engrossing and illustration, and a leading expert in forgery detection who testified at many prominent trials in the U.S., Canada and other countries. He was also a pioneer in American penmanship publishing, who founded and edited the 'Penman's Art Journal' in New York City. Mr. Ames authored a number of books on penmanship, engrossing, designing and forgery detection. He testified as a handwriting expert in many important cases. In London, he was called as as a witness in the case of the Crown vs W. H. Hulbert. He was also a witness in the Davis will case, tried in Butte, Montana, in which $13,000,000 depended upon the authenticity of… Read More
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The History of Persia: From the Most Early Period to the Present Time  Containing an Account of...
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The History of Persia: From the Most Early Period to the Present Time Containing an Account of the Religion, Government, Usages, and Character of the Inhabitants of That Kingdom

by John Malcolm

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Professionally recased; half calf; marbled boards. Twenty four copper engravings on twenty-three plates. A handsome and sturdy set. Volume 1. xxii, errata, list of plates, 644; Volume 2. vii, 715, errata. Foxing to plates. Discrete bookplate to pastedown. ; 4to; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail.
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MASSIVE ARCHIVE OF THOUSANDS OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDES, ALONG WITH NUMEROUS...

MASSIVE ARCHIVE OF THOUSANDS OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDES, ALONG WITH NUMEROUS AUDIO RECORDINGS, COMPILED BY JACOB HARRIS, AN AMERICAN WHO SERVED AS A SENIOR POLICE ADVISOR IN VIETNAM AND THAILAND DURING THE VIETNAM WAR

by HARRIS, JACOB

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Vietnam, Thailand, and elsewhere in Asia as well as the United States, Europe, and the Middle East ca. 1964-1974: Compiled by Jacob Harris, an American who served as a Senior Police Advisor in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, 1964 - 1974., 1964 - 1974. First edition. A large and remarkable archive of images from Vietnam and Thailand, covering the decade from the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the beginning of the buildup of American forces in Vietnam to a year before the evacuation of the American embassy. Most notable are the many images showing the training of local security forces by American civil and military advisors. The collection was compiled by Jacob Harris, an employee of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Public Safety (OPS), whose task was to train Vietnamese and Thai police and counterinsurgency forces. Most of the images, in the form of photographs and photographic slides, were created by Harris, his wife, or his associates, and… Read More
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Narratio persecutionis adversus Christianos excitatae in variis Japoniae regnis ann M.DC.XXVIII,...
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Narratio persecutionis adversus Christianos excitatae in variis Japoniae regnis ann M.DC.XXVIII, M.DC.XXIX, M.DC.XXX

by Ferreira, Christovão

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Antverpiae, Ioannem Mevrsivm, 1635 Book. Good. Soft cover. Latin text.; Paperback (in green morocco slipcase with gilt lettering).; 11.5 x 17.5 cm; 0.3 kg; 144 pages.; Hand written title on spine.; Used with signs of wear, namely signs of a previous bookplate removed from the rear of the front cover which also shows a pen written number on the top of the page. Slightly soiled throughout. Signs of have been re-cased in the past.; The first edition was published anonymously in Rome in 1635 ("mainly the work of Ferreira and is in fact sometimes quoted under his name, see Sommervogel (Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, Brussels, III, col. 681-2)" excerpt from Hubert Cieslik, The Case of Christovão Ferreira, Monumenta Niponica, vol. 29, no. 1, Spring 1974). After the publication of this latin edition, a French edition was published in Paris, 1635. FIRST LATIN EDITION. SCARCE. Translated from the Italian by Jean Bolland.; Describes the martyrdom of Christians in Japan from… Read More
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Vernacular Translation of the Military Tale of the Han and Chu. Tsūzoku kanso gundan,...
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Vernacular Translation of the Military Tale of the Han and Chu. Tsūzoku kanso gundan, 通俗漢楚軍談. つうぞくかんそぐんだん。

by Unknown

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1696 Japanese Woodblock Chinese History Tsuzoku kanso gundan Qing Han War CHINA
A 17th century Sino-Japanese woodblock print history of the Chu-Han Contention between the Qing and Han Dynasty bound in the fukurotoji style. The Tsuzoku kanso gundan is the tale of the conflict between the chu and han after the Qing Dynasty before Liu Bang united China in 202 BC as the emperor of the Han Dynasty. It was translated into Japanese and in turn helped shape Japanese literature away from the stylized Chinese verse of scholarly attention and began considering the more mundane, as literature as well. This was done by entertaining and educating the natives of Japan about the world, specifically China, who were banned from leaving the mainland during that time period. Pastreich writes,
"Such Chinese historical novels may have appealed to Japanese readers because they covered the details of Chinese history in a lively and accessible manner, going beyond the digested and sanitized description of history to the… Read More
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和漢音釋書言字考節用集 / Wakan onshaku shogenjikō setsuyōshū.
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和漢音釋書言字考節用集 / Wakan onshaku shogenjikō setsuyōshū.

by Unknown

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1766 Japanese Chinese Dictionary Wakan Onshake Shogenjiko Setsuyoshu JAPAN
A rare, 18th century woodblock print dictionary bound in the "fukurotoji (variously translated as "bound-pocket," or "pouch" binding)" style (Keio). Setsuyoshu was a true Japanese language dictionary and entered vocabulary current during its prime in the muromachi period. Each entry gives the kanji (Chinese characters), Japanese pronunciation in katakana on the right, and occasionally adds etymologies and comments on the bottom.

This rare, 1766 dictionary is an early inui (乾) edition which are usually printed in movable type and have more entries and corrections and is comprised of 10 volumes!

Item number: #7229
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和漢音釋書言字考節用集 /
Wakan onshaku shogenjikō setsuyōshū.
Japan: Meiwa 3 [1766]

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Collation: Complete with all pages; 10 volumes
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References: Keio University, Japanese culture through rare books.
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Language: Japanese
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Tibet: The Roof of the World Between Past and Present
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Tibet: The Roof of the World Between Past and Present

by Maria Antonia

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1st
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Granville, New York
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Vercelli, Italy: White Star, 2002. First edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. Published Vercelli, Italy: White Star, 2002, first printing. Folio, 10 1/4" x 14 1/4", 224pp., illustrated with vibrant color photographs of everyday life. Fine in near fine dust jacket. . 1st. Hard. Fine/Near Fine. Folio.
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Kawthoolei - Report On The Uncharted States Of Burma

Kawthoolei - Report On The Uncharted States Of Burma

by Katoh, H.

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1st Edition
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Tokyo, Japan: Dojidai-Ku, 1982. 1st Edition . Soft cover. Near Fine/Good +. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Stated First Edition. Mottled Red Wraps With Silver Lettering On The Spine. The Book Has Only A Hint Of Wear. The Jacket Has Moderate Rubbing. A Report On The Un-Charted States Of Burma And The Documents Of The National Movement Which Seeks Independence From Burma. Dual Language Text.
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The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical...
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The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.

by ORANGE, JAMES.

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Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
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London.: Butterworth.. Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.. 1924.. Maps including colour folding plan of City of Victoria, 18 colour plates, many in black and white, 528pp, bibliography, index, bright top edge gilt. Fore edge lightly browned, front endpapers browned, cloth very clean and bright, lettered in bright gilt, an exceptional copy in original slightly chipped dustjacket. 30.7 x 25.5cm. This remarkable book records the extraordinary collection that Hong Kong businessman Sir Paul Chater built. This volume includes descriptions and representations of the prints and maps within his collection. Paul Chater was an energetic and innovative man who though coming from disadvantage built an enviable business empire as well as involving himself with the government of Hong Kong. He served as Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council for 30 years ending only with his death. When Sir Paul Chater died in 1926 his collection of porcelain, prints and paintings together with Marble Hall,… Read More
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Moeurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde d'après des documents authentiques et...
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Moeurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde d'après des documents authentiques et les voyages les plus récents.

by WAHLEN, Auguste.

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Bruxelles: Librairie historique-artistique, 1843. First edition. 4 large in-8 volumes, (270 mm x 170 mm). Midnight blue half-sheepskin binding, embossed percaline covers, spines have gilt titles and decoration. Illustrated with hand coloured / hand finished engraved plates. These were created by the leading illustrators of the time, including Duverger, L. Markaert, R. King. The bindings are in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the edges only. Inside, the text and plates have light foxing throughout, but are overall in very good condition. Each copy online offers a different number of plates for each of the four volumes - but our copy seems to match the maximum collation for each variation (so seems complete.) The index is of limited use, as it only lists a proportion of the plates. In addition to the four title vignettes, we have: Europe (1844). 364 pages, 49 plates; Asie (1845). 592 pages, 82 plates; L'Afrique et l'Amérique (1844), 368 pages, 43 plates; l'Océanie (1845) 368 pages… Read More
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Inscriptions De L'Orkhon, déchiffrées par Vilh. Thomsen
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Inscriptions De L'Orkhon, déchiffrées par Vilh. Thomsen

by Thomsen, Vilh.

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Helsingfors: mprimerie de la Société de Littérature Finnoise, 1896. 224 pp., text in French. SCARCE in the First Edition. Near Fine, small loss of paper at head of spine, top corner crease rear wrapper. Vilhelm Ludwig Peter Thomsen (1842-1927) was a Danish linguist and Turkologist, considered one of the greatest linguists of all time. His successful translation of the Orkhon inscriptions opened the window into the Old Turkic alphabet. . First Edition. Printed Wrappers. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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The Chinese Dragon
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The Chinese Dragon

by L. Newton Hayes Introduction Fong F. Sec

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Los Angeles, California
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Original rare 1922 Chinese published book in English on Dragons Very Good+ First Hardcover story of the Dragon in Chinese folklore and Asian roof Pagodas Printed and published in Shanghai pre-World War II China. This English language Edition is referenced in John Michell Ley Lines book "View over Atlantis" Written in English original First Chinese Commercial Press Ltd. Shanghai Edition. NOT a library Edition. Wrapping first in brown paper before packing since 1977. See our Three Geese in Flight Books Scans.
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A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe and America; in...
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A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe and America; in Four Volumes (v1-1798, v2-1800, v3-1799, v4-1799): "Paynes Universal Geography", FIRST EDITION

by Payne, John

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A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe, and America; with their Subdivisions of Republics, States, Empires and Kingdoms; the Extent, Boundaries, and Remarkable Appearances of each Country; Cities, Towns, and Curiosities of Nature and Art. [1798, 1800, 1799, 1799 sequentially]Also giving a general account of the Fossil and Vegetable Productions of the Earth, the History of Man, in all Climates, Regions, and Conditions; Customs, Manners, Laws, Governments, and Religions; the State of Arts, Sciences, Commerce, Manufactures, and Knowledge...To Which is Added, A View of Astronomy, as Connected with Geography; Of the Planetary System to Which the Earth Belongs; ...with a Copious Index annexed to each volume, Being a large and comprehensive Abridgement of Universal Geography.By John Payne. with Additional Corrections and Improvements from the Latest and Best Authors. by James Hardie, A.M. Author of Principles of Latin Grammar, the American Remembrances, and… Read More
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The First Filipino: A Biography of Jose Rizal
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The First Filipino: A Biography of Jose Rizal

by Guerrero, Leon Ma.

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Third Printing
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Manila, Philippines: National Historical Commission, 1969. Third Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+. 7" x 10" Hardcover; 549pp; Maroon boards, gilt titling to spine, boards square, clean & bright, text unmarked, binding is tight, VG+ condition. Biography of Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (1861-1896), Filipino nationalist, writer & polymath active at the end of the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, considered the national hero of the Philippines. Introduction by Carlos Quirino. Awarded First Prize in the Rizal Biography Contest held under the auspices of the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission in 1961.
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Dated Buddha Images of Northern Siam

Dated Buddha Images of Northern Siam: With fifty-seven plates and twelve figures in the text

by A. B. Griswold

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Second Printing
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Ascona, Switzerland: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 1959. Second Printing. VG in G DJ. Interior is tight, bright, and clean with no ownership marks. Binding shows all four corners bumped, all edges rubbed, and damage to lower spine. Unclipped DJ is intact but heavily challenged with heavy tearing, creasing, chipping, and rubbing. Photo is of the copy we have here at Barbed Wire Books.
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