PREHISTORIC JAPAN. Neil Gordon Munro, M. D.


Yokohama: 1911. Hardcover. Presentation copy, inscribed by Neil Gordon Munro to noted Japanese dermatologist and urologist Keizo Dohi (1866-1931) on the title page. Early and important study of the prehistoric cultures of the Japanese archipelago and neighboring regions of Asia. First published in 1908, most of the first printing was destroyed by fire immediately after completion. Munro (1863-1942), a Scottish physician and anthropologist, lived in Japan for nearly 50 years and was among the first Westerners to study the Ainu people of Hokkaido. Between 1908 and 1914, he send more than 2,000 objects, including ceramics, metalwork, shells, bones, stone tools, musical instruments, Buddhist objects, and Ainu material, to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. Color chromolithograph frontispiece, with 421 illustrations, including the large color folding map. Octavo: xvii, 705 p. with the errata slip tipped in at the start of the preamble and the publisher's ads at the rear. Original blue cloth binding, with decorative gilt, blank, and blind stamping. The ink signature of Buddhist scholar Robert P. Jackson appears on the front flyleaf. Sporadic light foxing to the contents, with some general dust staining to the top edge. The spine is darkened just a touch, with a bit of wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #72566

Price: $750.00

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