Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia minzokushi]: Matsuoka, Shizuo Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia minzokushi]: Matsuoka, Shizuo Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia minzokushi]: Matsuoka, Shizuo Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia minzokushi]: Matsuoka, Shizuo

Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia minzokushi]

Matsuoka, Shizuo

Published by Oka shoin, Tokyo, 1927
Condition: g to g+ Hardcover

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Large octavo. 4, 24, 835, [1]pp. 3/4 leather over olive cloth, with gold lettering on spine and title laid on front cover. Japanese ethnographer Shizuo Matsuoka (1878-1936) was sent to Micronesia after Japan took control of the area by Mandate of the League of Nations in 1920. Matsuoka was concerned with all the aspects of the people's lives: history, geography, population, language, legends, archeological sites, ethnic groups, belief system, social organization, life cycle, clothing and ornaments, housing, food and diet, and weapons. He included sporadic comments on Micronesian customs from the Japanese point of view compared with that of the West. He states for instance, "Of all the islanders' customs which were unintelligible to Western eyes there are many that are quite understandable to us Japanese. Some customs categorized as superstitions are reasonable" (Ibid: 94). This work is profusely illustrated throughout with hundreds of b/w illustrations, photogravure plates, a music score and a folding map. Book rebacked with original title pasted on spine. Covers rubbed with some discoloration spots. Moderate and sporadic foxing throughout. Folding map split along inner margin, but present. Text in Japanese. Binding in overall good- to good, interior in good to good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37231

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Title: Ethnography of Micronesia [Mikuroneshia ...

Publisher: Oka shoin, Tokyo

Publication Date: 1927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to g+

Edition: First edition.

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