1903 · Tokyo and Osaka
Tokyo and Osaka: Houbunkan, 1903. 25 issues, complete, bound in two volumes; portraits of famous Westerners in each issue, green cloth, volume one with upper hinge split and spine separated, contents partially disbound, second volume with initial gathering loose, hinges split, but otherwise sound. A back section, likely a form, has been neatly excised from each issue. Externally, fair only. But the contents clean and useful. One of many English language magazines at the time, this particular title managed to last just one year before disappearing. In its inaugural issue it claims to offer "leading articles, current news, notes on readers, grammar, conversations, translations, and difficult questions answered." Also included are readers guides for the classics, such as Kipling's Kim and Sherlock Holmes. This is the only copy located outside of Japan. No other located copies are complete.
(Inventory #: 46586)