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Advertising Sugoroku. [Shobai Hanei Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Sankosha 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 80x56cm, folded as issued. Minor signs of use, a pretty good copy. Au$350

Prosperity and glamour is the reward for the perfect modern girl: good husband, handsome family and shopping, shopping shopping. This shopping game advertises the glamorous range of businesses in Notagawa - now part of Higashiomi, more or less half way between Kyoto and Nagoya. The same game, relabelled, was used for businesses of Matsumoto City. A very similar - a few panels the same - but not so modern game - more kimonos, fewer cars, furs and bobbed or marcelled heads - with the same title was issued the year before by the newspaper Tokyo Nichinichi Shinbun for readers in the Iwamurata-machi area. You don't waste a good idea and a decent bit of artwork.


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GROPIUS, Walter. The New Architecture and the Bauhaus. London, Faber 1935. Octavo very good in publisher's cloth and somewhat used but decent dustwrapper with a largish chip from the top of the spine; 112pp, 16 photo plates. Au$250

First edition and hard to find with dustwrapper. Does this Moholy-Nagy wrapper design strike anyone else as grim, if not threatening? Something like a weapon caught in a police spotlight. Or is it just me?


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Niizeki Kennosuke (?) [Boken Manga Takarajima Tanken Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shogakukan 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 54x78cm. A bit used: rumpled with some short tears in folds. Not bad. Au$325

This exciting adventure with the natives, giant apes and tigers of a coral island was the new year gift from the Shogaku magazine for third graders. An exemplary lesson as to why every eight year old should be issued a service revolver before they leave the house.


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Catalogue - wine. Establissements Nicolas. Liste des Grands Vins Fins 1936. Paris, Nicolas (printed by Draeger) [1936]. Small quarto publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, plastic spiral bound; 54pp including endpapers, some double folded leaves carry four page numbers, Design, decorations decorations and typography by Cassandre. Corner bumped. Au$110

The wine merchants of wine merchants, Nicolas, produced these catalogues of their great wines annually from 1927 to 1973. 1936 is more extensive and stately than its immediate neighbours.


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Sugoroku. [Yumei Shoten Annai u Kure-Roku]. Tokyo, Hirohidesha 1936 (Showa 11). Colour broadsheet 54x79cm. Chewed in the left margin and along a couple of folds, marring a bright copy. Au$210

A rare, cheerful shopping game advertising the businesses of Horinouchi-cho. As there are any number of Horinouchi-chos spotted around Japan I'm not sure which one but as this seems to have come from the newspaper Tokyo Shimbun I'm guessing it's around Tokyo. I came across one other copy of the game but it has a different title and advertises different businesses in a different area.


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Advertising sugoroku. [Katata Shobai Hanjo Sugoroku]. Katata Shimbun 1936 (Showa 11) Colour broadside 54x79cm. A somewhat rumpled but decent copy. Au$200

A rare, cheerful advertising game featuring local businesses, issued as the new year gift by the newspaper Katata Shimbun. I'm not sure where the Katata Shimbun originated. I can't find a record of it. Katata is an area now in Otsu, near Kyoto, but that it comes from there is a guess.


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City Planning. Xinjing or Shinkyo (Changchun) - Manchukuo. [Kokuto Shinkyo Kensetsu no Zenbo]. Shinkyo, Manshukoku Kokumuin Kokuto Kensetsukyoku 1936. Colour printed sheet 54x78cm with colour bird's eye view and panorama on one side; colour plan, smaller b/w photo illustrations and text on the other. Folded as issue, a small knick in a margin, minor signs of use. Au$750

In many ways the new capital of Manchukuo was - is - a planner's dream. Here was an empire building militaristic government wanting to both experiment with all that had been learned about city planning and show the west that not only could they do it, but do it better.
Changchun, a hybrid Chinese-Russian-Japanese railway town, was appointed the new capital, it was renamed, a five year plan for a new city was drawn up under the guidance of Professor Riki (or Toshikata) Sano in 1932, a quick compromise with a competing plan was made, and building was underway in early 1933. Local interests (ie the Chinese and Manchu population) and business were allowed notional input but the brief was clear: social theory, technology and architecture that made for an efficient colonial capital could be put into place, local self-interest could not. Of course it was not so simple. This was to be a pan-Asian showcase, superior to western, especially colonial western, models - not equal. Confucianism, traditional ritual and Asian racial harmony were to be a central part of the city. What more could any urbanist ask for?
Students of the plan might like to start with Yishi Liu's 2011 doctoral thesis, 'Competing Visions of the Modern;' where Griffin's Canberra plan and Griffin's diagrams for road classification are illustrated beside Xinjing's. By 1936 - when our view of the future city was produced - a lot was still dust and open space but, by the gods, whatever else they learnt from Burley Griffin's Canberra - and it was a lot - about planning a city, they certainly learnt how not to build a city.


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Furniture & design. - [Kindai Kagu Soshoku Shiryo : No.1]. Tokyo, Koyosha, February 1936 (Showa 11). 26x19cm publisher's spiral bound card wrapper and outer wrapper; [4]pp and 20 photo plates printed on one side. Rather good. Also included is issue no. 4, June 1936 in equally good shape. Au$120

A smart monthly devoted to the latest in modern furniture design, a brave venture by 1936 in a country increasingly impatient with such self indulgence. And somehow successful: I believe it continued until 1942. The first issue is devoted to the new furniture design exhibition at the Tokyo Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi store and from what I can see each issue after that had a theme. Number four is devoted to living room furniture from Europe and America. I can't find a record of a complete set in any institution anywhere.


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Shop windows. : [Tenpo Chinretsu Shomei Kyogikai : Nyushu Shashin Shu]. Sendai City Electricity 1937 (Showa 12). 18x26cm publisher's stiff wrapper with cord ties; 14 leaves, being a title, a page of portraits and 12 plates of shop windows, most two a page. These are original photographic prints on glossy or textured card. Scuff on the front cover. Au$165

This appears to be the fifth Sendai city shop window competition sponsored by the power and water authority. That's pretty much all I can tell you. I can't find a mention of anything about the competition anywhere.


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Bridges. Portland Cement Association. Architectural Design of Concrete Bridges. Concrete for permanence. Chicago, Portland Cement [1937]. Oblong quarto publisher's printed wrapper; 36pp, photo and other illustrations throughout. Au$60

'Fundamental principles', that is the rules of design - appearance as separate from structure - are succinctly set out and illustrated by recent modern and moderne bridges. Mistakes are shown and corrected in diagrams.


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TAUT, Bruno. Houses and People of Japan. London, Gifford 1937. Quarto publisher's coarse cloth and dustwrapper (the spine of the dustwrapper fragmented but essentially complete); [6],xiv,318pp, 535 illustrations, some tipped colour plates. An excellent copy. Au$950

First edition, English issue. It appeared with the Sanseido imprint or this Gifford imprint, though usually we see the Gifford issue dated 1938. The dustwrapper is Sanseido's. An unusually good copy of a book that didn't wear well.


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Sugoroku. [Kagayaku Nihon Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Seugaku Sophomore, Ist January, 1938 (Showa 13). Colour printed broadside 53x79cm, folded as issued. Minor signs of use, one short marginal tear. Au$350

The New Year treat from the magazine Seugaku Sophomore (for the second year of primary school) and come 1938 the fun is gone. Our globe trotting young couple from earlier sugoroku look frighteningly serene and the world, and war, and life, is no longer a riotous cartoon. When 'Shining Japan' - Kagayaku Nihon, the name of this game - became a motto for war in Asia I'm not sure.
The Shining Japan Exposition - a military display no matter how many white doves fluttered over the battleships - was in 1936 and Japan was long a crusader fighting for Pan-Asian peace, liberated from colonialism. The name surfaces still, used by ultra nationalists in Japan.


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New York World's Fair 1939. Pilgrimage to Tomorrow [five copies]. NY, Gemloid Corp [1938]. Each octavo publisher's comb bound laminated plastic and card; 100pp, illustrations throughout. Small chip from a corner of one, minor signs of use. Au$600

I believe this to be the complete set of variant covers. I've been gathering these for about ten years and have not seen anything different for a few years now. Logically there should be an un-orange version of the one bottom left but I haven't seen it.
A spiffy little book designed to be an all round souvenir. It begins with a section of views (drawings and photos of models) and descriptions of the forthcoming fair followed by a section of black card leaves for your own photos; then come some diary pages, some views of New York city and finally a few pages for autographs and addresses. The front cover is a view of the trylon and perisphere and surrounds in textured plastic - early 3D.
One copy has been used as designed in part: the diary records in pencil the trip of, I think, a girl with her family to her aunt in Fairfield, Conn, and from there to the World's Fair. The family and friends divided into two parties - boys went to the fair one day, girls the next.


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Sugiura Hisui, Takeo Takei, Takeshi Kimata &c. [Wagako no Rekishi]. Osaka, Mitsokushi [1939] (Showa 14). 27x19cm publisher's cloth backed boards decorated in gilt and black in mildy worn decorated box; 84pp illustrated in colour throughout by Takei and others; cover design by Sigiura. Partly filled in with pencil, two chubby hands have been traced in ink; occasional browning or offsetting; a remarkably good copy. Au$300

This book was child of the Mitsokushi department store, first published in 1928, reprinted fairly often and presumably updated. One of Takei's illustrations is dated 1934. Who was the titan that came up this genius innovation - the predigested baby album? Does he or she have a shrine in the marketing hall of fame? They - books like this - seem to have popped up round the world in the twenties - were they earlier? This has one foot planted in revoltingly cute of course but, thanks to Takei and a couple of fellow artists, enough pages keep the other foot in stylish and exciting.
Worldcat finds one copy - a 1938 edition at Princeton - and NDL finds two - 1928 and 1936 editions - in Japanese libraries. While doing homework on this I came across a poor - so to speak - descendant, the Blot. For a mere 20,000 yen you get something that looks suspiciously like a leather filofax - if you're old enough to remember the filofax - no cute pictures, no revolting sentiment. Poor kids.


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HARTNELL, A.P. Shop Planning and Design. London [194-]. Quarto publisher's cloth, very good in dustwrapper; 87pp, numerous photo illustrations, plans and measured drawings. Au$150

A good and not common book. Consciously wartime - "among the tasks .. are the re-building and re-fashioning of many business houses" - but pre-war in the smart modern designs. At the end are photos with accompanying plans of examples of shops and interiors by a number of architects.


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Kinoshita Circus. [Kinoshita Dai Sakasu Dan]. n.p. [194-?]. Colour lithograph poster 76x52cm. Au$300

The advertising tax stamp - lower right - dates this between 1942 and 1946; so I'm told. As does the replacement of lions and elephants with a goat. The Kinoshita circus started with the 20th century and is now one of the world's biggest.


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Poster. Sasao (?). ... [... Daitoasenso Kansui Yokusan Senkyo]. n.p. [printed by Biseido Insatsu?1942]. Colour poster 77x54cm. Folded and rumpled, a couple of small nicks; with a neat, mysterious diagram drawn in ink on the back. Signed in print Sasao. Au$600

Election poster for the 1942 general election reminding everyone to get out on April 30, vote for their endorsed candidate and ensure victory in the great Asian war. Though the whole business was meant to ensure that only endorsed Yokusan candidates could run I was surprised to find that more unendorsed than endorsed candidates ran for parliament and quite a few of them were elected. Of course that made no real difference to the running of the government and the war but it must have irked the military.


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Moholy-Nagy. MOHOLY-NAGY, Sibyl. moholy-nagy - experiment in totality ... with an introduction by walter gropius. NY, Harper 1950. Octavo publisher's cloth and torn and chipped but mostly complete dustwrapper; 81 illustrations (4 colour). Au$50

First edition.


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[Gropius]. GIEDION, S. Walter Gropius. Work and Teamwork. London, Architectural Press 1954. Small quarto dustwrapper (this chipped); 250pp, numerous photo illustrations, plans. Endpapers rather spotted. Au$30

Pretty uncommon in dustwrapper.


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FARR, Michael. Design in British Industry, a mid-century survey .. foreword [&c] by Nicholas Pevsner. Cambridge Univ Press 1955. Large octavo publisher's cloth; xxxviii,333pp, numerous photo illustrations on 88 plates. Au$30

An excellent survey of industrial design.


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HULTEN, K.G. Pontus. The Machine as seen at the end of the mechanical age. Museum Modern Art, N.Y. 1968. Small quarto, pressed steel cover printed in colour showing the museum exterior. 218pp, numerous ills. Au$75

It's always a good career move to declare we are at the end of some age. Hulten was no slouch at staying ahead of the game. Myself, I declare we are in the post-curatorial age.


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WESCHER, Herta. Collage. NY, Abrams [1971?]. Quarto, excellent in cloth and dustwrapper; 417pp, 396 illustrations (40 tipped colour). Au$150

First edition in English of this handsome and excellent survey of the first half of the twentieth century. The projected second volume never eventuated.


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Mackintosh. HOWARTH, Thomas. Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Modern Movement. London, Routledge 1977. Large octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; 335pp & numerous photo illustrations, plans &c on 96 plates, illustrations & plans through the text. Au$75

Second edition with some amendments and a 'substantial new introduction'.


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Pompidou. Paris Paris 1937 1957 creations en france. Centre George Pompidou 1981. Quarto illustrated wrapper (knock in spine); 526pp, hundreds of illustrations, many colour. Minor signs of use. Au$50

One of the series of exhibitions that marked the triumph of the curator.


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[Mies]. BLASER, Werner. Mies van der Rohe. Furniture and Interiors. London, Academy 1982. Oblong quarto, very good in publisher's cloth & dustwrapper; 143pp, 220 photo illustrations, measured drawings &c. Au$50


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