Japan. First Edition. Hardcover in Slipcase. Very Good. Item #028451
Japan, circa 1935. (74) pages, printed on one side. A photographic history of the Japanese military invasion & occupation of northern China, through the activities of medical units. Black & white imagery throughout, with one color-plate of an illustration of a wounded Japanese marine being helped by medical personnel. Text, mostly consisting of photo-captions, entirely in Japanese. The first few leaves with larger imagery with tissue-guarded plates depicting the visit of Japanese civilian and military dignitaries and officials to various medical military offices and facilities, including visits to patients in hospital wards. Imagery continues with pictures of prosthetic devices including replacement limbs and false eyes, bandaging and active hospital staff working with patients. Commanding officers & juniors are also pictured and identified along with group portraits. A couple of small maps depict areas of activity, along with landing areas, bombed zones, shipping and landing facilities and shoreline batteries; also some of the river-craft associated with medical activities. Invasion photos include various infantry approaches, trenches and fortifications, field artillery, horse and mule-drawn apparatus and miscellaneous wheeled and tracked vehicles; pictured also are single-wing military aircraft having medical designations. Much of the history is devoted to general activities of the military in the field, marching, occupation and camp activities including communal dining & bathing with emphasis on medical actions, ambulance and emergency work, hospital trains and accommodations, doctors & nursing duties. Included are interior views of facilities and works, including laboratories, dental examination areas, test rooms and operating theaters. Personnel with winter gear and uniforms capable of withstanding temperature extremes are displayed. Exterior views include hospital and medical facilities, from tent & ambulance field depots to large urban buildings devoted to health care; also pictures of patients undergoing rehabilitation and exercise regimens. A few photos show landscapes, the local populace and their surroundings; the last few of the photos are of the flooding in Harbin. Primarily, this is a regimental history of medical unit actions. Approx. 10 1/8" x 14 1/4" size, oblong format. Leaves held by purple silk tapes, threaded through sturdy internal metal posts. Bound in green cloth, hardcovers with gilt title; patterned paper endpapers and with illustrative printed backgrounds throughout the pages of the volume; the photos are given these backgrounds in muted colors. Some edge & tips wear to the boards; binding color mottled around the edges. Volume is contained within a cardstock slipcase, with pasted-on matching title label; slipcase worn; the binding and the volume contents are very clean and in very good condition.