1915-1924 Inaka or Reminiscences of Rokkosan and Other Rocks
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Comprising of volumes I-XIII and XV-XVIII of this very scarce set. It is extremely scarce to have so many volumes together. An important account of mountaineering during the Golden Age of this sport, and at a time where mountaineering in Japan was becoming a popular activity. A charming work, written in English, which provides a detailed description of journeys on Mount Rokko in the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. Volumes IV to X are signed by the author, with an association to one of their fellow 'mountain goats'. There is no volume XIV to this set. Volume IV is signed by the author, with an inscription to the recto of front endpaper. 'J G S Gausden (The flying Goat) with the author's best compliments Kobe July 8th 1916'. Volume V is also signed by the author with the inscription 'To the flying goat with the Bell Goat's best compliments, Kobe Xmas 1916'. Author's inscription to volume VI reads 'With the author's compliments'. Inscription to volume VII reads 'J G S Gausden (The flying goat) with the Bell Goats' Compliments Kobe Xmas 1916'. Inscription to volume VIII reads 'To the flying goat with the Bell Goats' best Compliments, Kobe Japan May 1918'. Author's inscription to volume IX reads 'J G S Gausden from .. Kobe New Years Day 1919'. Inscription to volume X reads 'With the Editors' best compliments and Thanks Kobe June 30th 1919'. Inscription to the recto of front endpaper to volume XV, 'With love from Jim'. To the start of volume I, there is a dedication to Arthur Groom, who had a home at Mount Rokko, and opened the first golf course in Japan, Kobe Golf Club. Rokko-san was also the first place that rock climbing was introduced in Japan. Forty-four illustrations to volume I, thirty-four illustrations to volume II, fifty illustrations to volume III, fifty illustrations to volume IV, fifty-five illustrations to volume V, fifty illustrations to volume VI, VII, thirty-five illustrations to volume VIII, with thirty seven illustrations to volume IX, forty-one plates to volume X, thirty plates to volume XI, twenty-five plates to volume XII, twenty-five illustrations to volume XIII, twenty-five illustrations to volume XV, twenty-five illustrations to volume XVI, twelve illustrations to volume XVII, with thirteen plates to volume XVIII. With the colophon in Japanese. With poems and diary entries, anecdotes and transcripts, this work is a thorough account of many mountaineering expeditions over the course of several years. A delightful examination of Rokko-san.
In the publisher's original cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart. Loss to the spine of volume I and II. Bumping to the head and tail of all spines. Damp staining to the bottom of boards to all volumes. Gilt to the front board of volume X is fading. Author's inscription to the recto of front endpaper to volumes IV to X inclusive. Further inscription to the recto of front endpaper to volumes XII and XV. Internally, most volumes are firmly bound. Volume XIII has a tender binding. Pages 75-78 of volume XIII are detached but present. 'The Bessan Ridge' plate is detached but present to volume X. 'The sword peak' plate to volume VIII is detached but present. Pages are bright, with occasional scattered spots.
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