1926. New York: [c. 1926].
Folio, 20 specimens (18 single and 2 double leaves) in 18 glassine envelopes, each specimen with a small typed label neatly affixed; all housed in a stiff paper portfolio, printed label on upper cover; portfolio, envelopes and leaves in very good condition as assembled, with the expected occasional edgewear and worming to some of the older leaves and a touch of wear to the corners of the portfolio boards.
§ A rare and important collection of Asian manuscript and printed leaves, virtually unrecorded as a leaf book. WorldCat locates only 11 copies in institutions, none outside of the U.S. It seems unlikely the edition could have been very large and from the few copies to come on the market in recent years it seems each copy differed more or less from the others in content. The leaves in this copy date from the 14th through 19th centuries and come from both sacred and secular sources; the earliest is a leaf from a 14th century Arabic manuscript on vellum; the latest is a leaf from a manuscript of the Saddharma pundarika sutra, in Chinese, copied by a Japanese priest in 1834; also included is a single Western leaf, being a leaf from the 1648 edition of Hartgerts’ Voyages describing Japan and Siam. The full contents are captioned as follows (some captions have been abbreviated; additional notes are added in brackets):
1. Leaf from a rare vellum Arabic Manuscript of the 14th century, expounding Muhammadan doctrine [North African script].
2. Leaf from a Japanese manuscript on secret Buddhist rites. Written in Chinese by a priest at Kya-san, and dated 1571.
3. Leaf from a Persian Manuscript, containing the Poems of Nidhami, dated 992 of the Muhammadan era or about 1584.
4. Leaf from a Persian manuscript (Miraj Nama) describing Muhammad’s ascent to heaven. Dated H. 1046 or 1636 A.D.
5. Printed leaf from 1648 edition of Caron's description of Japan and Siam, in Dutch.
6. Leaf from a manuscript Qur’an of the 17th century [possibly 18th century].
7. Leaf from a Japanese book of poems, in manuscript, of the 17th or early 18th century.
8. Leaf from a Turkish work (Hadji Khalifa), printed in Constantinople in 1733.
9. A printed page and illustration from a Japanese book, undated but probably 18th century, apparently a popular edition of the Genji Monogatari, Japan’s first novel.
10. Leaf of a Taliput manuscript in Tamil, from a Buddhist temple in Ceylon, probably 18th century. [More likely 19th century].
11. Printed double leaf from a Chinese Buddhist work expounding the Sanskrit Scriptures, probably 18th century.
12. Leaf from Indian religious manuscript containing extracts from the Puranas, in Sanskrit, 18th century.
13. Printed double leaf in Chinese characters, printed in Korea, probably 18th century. Contains Buddhist scriptures as interpreted by the Syen sect.
14. Printed leaf from a Chinese medical work of the 17th century.
15. Leaf from a Javanese rubricated manuscript early 19th century giving the history of Rama (differing from the usual version). [More likely late 19th century].
16. Manuscript leaf from a Siamese manuscript, early 19th century.
17. Manuscript leaf from the Saddharma pundarika sutra, the text of Kumarajiva, in Chinese, copied by a Japanese priest named Joyen in 1834.
18. Printed leaf with a woodcut, from an old Japanese work on Buddhism [undated].
19. Buddhist prayer sheet from Mongolia, undated [labels states Manchu characters but not; possibly Sanskrit?].
20. Leaf from an undated Sanskrit manuscript book in a minute script.
A broad and interesting collection of Asian calligraphy and printing, ideal for use as a teaching aid, or for enjoyment as a wunderkammer of glyphs. Item #107213