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"Japan Photo Almanac 1939" Photobook WWII Propaganda Very Rare


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"Japan Photo Almanac 1939." Japan: Domei Tsushin-sha, January 1939, First Edition, decorated cloth boards, (no dj as issued), slipcase, 31 cm x 24 cm, ca. 220 pp with one fold-out and additional pages of advertisements, b/w & color photos, English & Japanese text.

An exceedingly rare book from Japan in 1939 - a fascinating work of war time propaganda. The book has plenty of cultural content but the heavy emphasis is on the military and the Sino-Japanese War activities. There is English text throughout so evidently the intended audience for the propoganda was not only Japanese. As you can imagine, most copies of this book must have been destroyed during the post WWII occupation. Never encountered any other copies though I once saw a copy of the 1940 Annual listed online for $900+. Can't be more than a handful of copies in the world.

Condition: Remarkably, still holding together, probably Very Good for this fragile 75 year old book. And the original slipcase also, maybe never seen again.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $25.35. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $17.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $36.00 (USA), $41.50 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 1650g.