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Catalogue - perambulators and carriages. Halesowen, Brirmingham. Halesown Perambulator & Carriage Co, Ltd. Illustrated Catalogue. Season 1895. The company 1895. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper (a bit frayed, with some discreet old repairs); 40pp, illustrated throughout with wood engravings. Au$300

Some pretty desirable stuff, a child's hansom cab for instance; inexplicably elaborate mail carts, kids rocking horses and tricycles and more.


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Catalogue - fire engines. [Shobo goyo sokuto seisakusho]. 1897 (Meiji 30). Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; [12]pp, each illustrated with the 'brass' highlighted (small splodges of brown). A bit smudged, used but rather good. Au$185

A most definitely rare trade catalogue with a dozen hand operated fire engines of varying size and capacity. Printed on quite heavy, decent paper; unlike other such catalogues of the time.


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Catalogue - Guns. Fs Dumoulin & Cie. Liege. Catalogue. Fabrique d'Armes. Liege [c1900?]. Oblong quarto printed wrapper (bit marked & used); 88pp, numerous photo illustrations & wood engravings. Au$200

Revolvers, shotguns, rifles, double barrelled muskets and pistols, some flintlocks designed for the African coast.


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Catalogue - Cast Iron. A. Durenne, Paris &c. Societe Anonyme des Etablissement Metallurgiques A. Durenne. The company c1900. Octavo publisher's cloth backed boards (rubbed and a bit worn); [2],727pp, thousands of illustrations. Used but decent enough. Au$450

An enormous range of balustrades for balconies, staircases, bridges, friezes and fringes, door panels and fanlights, balusters, columns, pilasters, finials, grilles and gates, etc. Printed earlier but issued after the 1900 Universal Exposition, with a stamp on the title announcing their prize.


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Catalogue - cheese boxes. Joseph Lamy Fils, Bois d'Amont, Jura. Fabrique de Boites en Bois. Specialite de Boites a Fromages. Bois d'Amont, The company [190-?]. Small octavo publisher's printed wrapper with mounted illustrations (a touch faded); [6],42pp, line illustrations throughout. A nice copy. Au$60

Wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes for quarter, half and full cheeses, from Camembert to Gruyere via Roquefort, Munster, Port-Salut ... ; followed by specialty boxes for postage, pharmaceuticals and so on. Lamy Fils may have been way over on the very edge of France but as you can see by their cover they weren't behind the times; they had telephone no.1.


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Textile sample book. [cover title] [Sawa Shirushi - Kyozome Gofuku Oroshisho]. Kyoto, Sawada Shoten [190-?]. 23x16cm publisher's cloth (discoloured) with bone clasp; 100 silk samples in accordian folding heavy printed card mounts. With another defective sample book with 30 of 32 samples of dyed cottons. Au$225

Finely grained, creped and patterned silks for kimonos. The name Sawada is still connected with kimonos in Kyoto but I can't trace any relationship. The current Sawada Shoten in Kyoto sells work clothes and was founded in 1968.


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Catalogue - Scientific Apparatus. Townson & Mercer, London. Catalogue of Chemical & Scientific Apparatus, Balances, Graduated Instruments, Pure Chemicals, &c. The company, March 1901. Octavo publisher's cloth (neatly rebacked with the slightly chomped but essentially complete original spine retained); xxxii,720,xliipp, hundreds of wood engraved illustrations. A bit spotted but very decent. Au$175

Eighth edition, with every necessity for every kind of laboratory (not to mention some rather good models in the mechanics section). The last section is Towson & Mercer's stock of laboratory equipment made by Fletcher, Russell & Co.


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Catalogue - fashion. Cleghorn & Harris, Cape Town. A Journal of Fashions for the Summer Season 1902-3. The company 1902. Folio (375x250mm) publisher's printed wrapper with onlaid colour illustrations (a colour view of their building on the back); [2],142pp illustrated throughout in line and half-tone. Used with some minor flaws, a more than decent copy. Order form detached at the end but the gent's half still present. Au$350

An expansive and handsome catalogue of dress of all layers for all occasions for women, men, children and infants. As well: fancy work, drapery and haberdashery, household goods, stationery, clocks and watches, and a couple of pages of cricket equipment. How many catalogues like this Cleghorn and Harris issued remains a mystery to me; I can't find a record of any catalogue anywhere, including South Africa.


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Hikifuda & Sugoroku. [Nichiro Kinen Sugoroku]. n.p. [1905?]. Colour lithograph 26x37cm. A bit smudged and rumpled, pretty good. Au$300

I have seen a few hikifuda made as sugoroku but they have been staid affairs featuring birds, flowers and graceful women in flowing kimonos. This exuberant advertisement game celebrates the Russo-Japanese war victory.
These hikifuda - small posters or handbills - were usually produced with the text panel blank. The customer, usually a retailer, had their own details over printed.


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Tobacco. Three price and retailers lists of cigars, cigarettes and tobacco and a manual of rules and regulations from the Imperial Japanese Government Monopoly. [Tokyo?] 1908-1911. Four items, varying octavos, publisher's printed wrappers; ranging from 20 to 72 pages, errata slips. Minor signs of use, pretty good. In English and Japanese but for the regulations (1910) which is in Japanese. Au$100

A neat little precis of the tobacco market in the early 20th century, domestic and imported, at a time when decent cigarettes most likely came from Egypt, often with a gold tip. In 1904 the government nationalised all tobacco products in Japan, pushed by outrage at the multi-million dollar purchase of Japanese tobacco interests by the newly formed British-American Tobacco Company. The English sections of the lists are for foreigners in Japan.


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Hikifuda - fashion. . A small hikifuda - handbill - advertising fashion from Kawaki Shoten in Ogawamachi in Tokyo. Tokyo [c1910?]. Colour lithograph broadsheet 18x19cm. Illustration on one side, text in blue on the other. An old crease. Au$65

Small but chic. Is the young dandy wanting the stylish but undeniably bourgeois family to move on or is that merely a dandy's customary expression of disdain?


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Catalogue - furs. Plymouth Fur Company, Minneapolis. Plymouth Furs. The company [c1910]. Large octavo publisher's printed and embossed boards (cloth spine a bit insect nibbled); 64pp, illustrated throughout in duo-tone. A 1950s brochure from Sydney furriers Heilman loosely inserted. Au$100

A smart catalogue naturally; not so many labourers' wives bought furs. Plymouth also did furs for children and men, their motorist's racoon and muskrat coats are pretty good and as a child I would much rather have worn the mixed muskrat and dog than the itchy tweed hand-me-down I was forced into.


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Catalogue - Circus wagons. Beggs Wagon Co. Kansas City, Mo. Beggs Wagon Co. Manufacturers of Circus Wagons, Band Wagons, Ticket Wagons, Cages, Calliopes, Racing Chariots ... Kansas City, Mo [c1910]. 14x20cm publisher's illustrated wrapper; 16pp, illustrated throughout. Insignificant signs of use. Signed on the back by J.W. Begg. Au$600

Fabulous and rare. I didn't know there was such a thing as a circus wagon catalogue until I saw this. There was a reprint of this done in the seventies but I can't find another copy of the original anywhere. Beggs started in the wagon business in 1875, expanded into show business around the time of this catalogue then turned to automobiles which took them into the twenties but no further.


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Hikifuda. - [Rokujinmaru aputo - Toyama Seizai Kabushikigaisha]. Toyama Pharmaceutical [191-?]. Three lithographs 39x18cm each. Au$300

A trio of carols to modernity, the future and whatever it is that Rokujinmaru does. Some sort of herbal medicine, presumably it makes children joyous, smart and eager to speed into the future.


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[Catalogue - Microphotography]. Ernest Leitz, Wetzlar. Appareils Microphotographiques. The company 1911. Quarto printed stiff wrapper; 28pp and two photographic prints with 12 images; several illustrations through the text. Au$75

For the camera and microscope buff. A neat catalogue describing four types of microphotographic apparatus, each well illustrated, and the actual results - the twelve photographic images.


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[Catalogue - Bicycles]. R. Hildebrand. Zurich. 1912. Cycles. Record und Corso. Zurich, the company 1912. folio illustrated wrapper (a bit chipped); 144pp, numerous illustrations throughout. A pretty good copy, with an order form, envelope and card loosely inserted. Au$300

A handsome and generously scaled catalogue with bicycles, parts, tools and accessories of all types. There is also a quantity of goods likely to be of use to the outdoors type - rucksacks, guns, spirit stoves, first aid kids and so on; possibly the guitars, harmonicas and piano accordians. But as well there are goods that have no apparent relationship - hair clippers, scales, sewing machines, some very ugly clocks.


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Catalogue - Hammers. Henry Cheney, Little Falls. Illustrated Catalogue of the Henry Cheney Hammer Company. 1912. The company 1912. Octavo, publisher's heavy wrapper blocked in gilt; 28pp, colour illustrations throughout; several supplementary sheets loosely inserted. A very good copy. Au$50


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Catalogue - Iron gates, fences &c. Handa Shonosuke Shoten. [Sentetsuseio Monpi Tetsusakurui?]. Tokyo, Handa Shonosuke Shoten [c1913]. Lithograph broadside 40x56cm. A couple of small blotches, still a nice copy. Au$100

A handsome array of iron gates, fences and doors. Very similar - but not quite the same - to a broadside from the same place dated 1913.


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Catalogue - Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. No.14. 1914. Section XI. Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. Sydney, the company 1914. Largish oblong octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, illustrated throughout. Four page price list inserted and an extra 1913 price list of pumps. Au$150

A now extinct behemoth of Sydney retailing. Agricultural machinery here extends beyond ploughs, pumps and separators to lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and a few mangles.


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Catalogue - tiles. . . [Haku ki-shiki - Uoruban - MI Shokai?]. Tokyo 1914 (Taisho 3). 15x23cm publisher's decorated wrapper; 12 leaves printed on one side being three pages of text, two photo illustrations, a small colour chart and 18 colour designs on eight leaves, plate of cornice profiles. A nice copy. Au$175

A nifty catalogue of architectural ceramics - tiles, mouldings and cornices - for building exteriors produced by, I think, a manufacturing co-operative.


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Printing. [Insatsu Taikan]. [Osaka, Nihon Insatsu Kaisha 1915] (Taisho 4)? Folio (39x27cm) publisher's colour printed bevelled boards (minor signs of use); 9 preliminary leaves including three colour plates and a preface in French, 86 specimen leaves by different printers on different papers is a variety of techniques: chromolithography, four colour process, photo engraving, gravure, embossing, etc, with two plates on metal sheets, 6 more leaves at the end including a couple of plates. A touch of adhesion to a couple of chromo plates, inner hinges sometime strengthened with brocade strips. Label removed from inside back cover - probably the colophon. Au$1100

A luxurious bit of showing off by the Japanese printing industry announcing that they have done their apprenticeship with western printers and now match them in skill. Fine printing, book work, advertising ... some kitsch and some very smart.
With this copy I discover this book exists in two forms: a 'deluxe' version with 101 specimen leaves bound in silk and this version in a printed version of the silk and ties with 86 specimens.
For such a grand book this was not distributed as widely as you might expect. Worldcat finds four copies, all following the same catalogue entry dated 1916. I know that the two Australian copies are bound in silk and are dated 1915 but I don't know what the two US copies are. CiNii finds five copies in Japanese libraries, and my searches of specialist libraries found no more.


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Catalogue - medical and dental equipment. Kawai Shoten, Tokyo. Caialogue [sic] (?) No. 5. [Iryokikkai Zufu?]. Tokyo, Kawai Shoten 1917 (Taisho 6). 22x15cm publisher's printed wrapper (covers somewhat shabby & ragged); [4],200pp, illustrated throughout. A used but decent copy. Au$200

An extensive catalogue of medical and dental equipment and all the necessary ancillaries - furniture, laboratory equipment, a few artificial limbs, and so on. This is Kawai's fifth catalogue but I can't find a record of any of them.


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Paper. S.D. Warrens Company Boston. Warren's Paper Buyers Guide. Practical demonstrations on Warren's standard printing papers .. 1919. The company 1919. Quarto publisher's cloth backed boards (used but decent and solid); 108pp illustrated throughout in colour and back and white. A tear in one margin but quite good inside. Au$100

A handsome paper sample book displaying all sorts of commercial work, mostly advertising, on various papers. Details like screens and printing inks are given as well as those for the paper. Warren does list one agent outside America: B.J. Ball Ltd of Australia.


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Catalogue - spectacles etc. Societe des Lunetiers, Paris. Societe des Lunetiers. The company [192-?]. Cloth screw binder 28x20cm; 350pp, illustrated throughout. A nice copy. Au$325

An exemplary catalogue of everything for improved vision and those in the trade. Spectacles, goggles, lens of all kinds, and all the bits and pieces for ophthalmologists and optomerists. The Societe was a conglomerate that began as co-operative in the mid 19th century and set out to conquer the optical world. They are still doing so under some forgettable name. There is no mention here of their radical new Stigmal lens which dates this before 1927.


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Noshigami - . A sample book of Noshigami - special paper for gifts - from the Kadoya Dyeing Workshop, Tokyo. Tokyo [c1920?]. Large octavo by size (235x180mm), printed stiff wrappers; 105 leaves of colour printed samples. Au$400

Noshi-gami is specially printed paper to be folded and attached to gifts as I understand it. The ineluctable beauty of the patterns is enhanced in this book by being in a quite smart cover decorated with electric locomotives.


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