Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1927. First edition. Hardcover. 60; 914pp. Quarto [26 cm] Burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spines, and gilt stamped vignettes on the front boards. Top edges gilt. In the original dust jackets and stiff card boxes, with printed paper title labels on the spines. Volume 1 is in very good condition, and volume 2 is in good condition. The spines are just a little bit rolled. Tanned pages. The text block of volume 2 is cracked at the rear. The dust jackets are in very good condition, with subtle age-toning. The spines of the dust jackets are faded. The edges are lightly chipped. There is a small loss from the top edge of the front panel of volume 1's jacket. This loss measures 2 inches wide by 1/4 of an inch deep, at its deepest point. There are also several short closed tears in the edge of this dust jacket. The box for volume 1 is good condition, and the box for volume 2 is in very good condition. Rubbed edges. The enclosures of the boxes have large areas of soiling. The other parts of the boxes have general mild soiling. There is a 3 inch long split in the rear top edge of the box for volume 1. Item #33503
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