Japan in Days of Yore, Second Edition, Part I & IV
by Walter Dening
Part I (Wounded Pride). The book is in Good+ condition. The string ties are approximately 70% broken. However the binding remains firm. The front cover is slightly loose. The back cover is solidly attached. There are several long vertical creases on the front cover. On the edges and internally there is scattered foxing. It is heavier at the front and back and otherwise light and scattered. Several pages are dog eared or creased at the corner. None of the pages are cut or severed at the folded edge. If the string ties were replaced, the book would rate Very Good.
Part IV (Musashi, Part II). The book is in Good+ condition. The string ties are approximately 80% broken. The front cover is slightly loose and the corners are bend and chipped. The back cover is solid and the bottom outside corner is chipped. On the edges and at the front and back there is scattered light foxing. Otherwise, internally the book is clean and free of faults. None of the pages are cut or severed at the folded edge. If the string ties were replaced, the book would rate Very Good-.
Wounded Pride and How it was Healed
The Life of Miyamoto Musashi, Part II
Wenckstern discusses the Second Edition and subsequent "New Edition" of 1906 in these terms:
Dening, W. Japan in days of yore, historical tales of Old Japan. Second revised edition printed and bound in Japanese fashion with old style coloured prints, small 8vo, Tokyo, 1904-5 (each volume, 60 sen). Only four volumes were issued in this edition.
The Second Edition was published by The Kyo Bun Kwan (Kyobunkwan) in four parts.
Part I. Wounded Pride and How it Was Healed, 1904, pages 1-70 pages.
The four parts of this set were first published by The Hakubunsha in 1887-1888. For more information on the first edition, click here.
The order of Parts I and II is reversed in the second edition from the order in the first edition. The pages in the four parts of the second edition are numbered continuously across the books - beginning at page 1 and ending at page 343 in Part IV. In the first edition, the numbering is restarted at 1 in each part. The first edition is bound using the more elaborate and substantial Kangxi binding string tie technique. The second edition is bound using the simple and flimsy Yotsume Toji binding string tie technique.
The color woodblock plate illustrations in the first and second editions are basically the same. However, there are variations in color.
Japan in Days of Yore, Part I
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