This book is a descriptive guide to the birds in or around the Mount Fuji region of Japan, published in 1931. Presented in both Japanese and English, this is the second volume in the Photographs of Bird-Life in Japan series, and was directed by Dr. Seinosuke Uchida, with accompanying photographs by Kenji Shimoura.
The book lists fifty-eight different species: Each has a short text in both Japanese and English, opposite photographic plates depicting the described species, and in some instances their nests. The majority of the photographs are monotone, but there are also a handful of colour pages representing several different species.
This is a well loved copy of the hardcover book, which features a textured green cloth cover. There is some wear around the edges of the covers, in some places having worn away the cloth on the edges and corners. The spine is quite severely damaged, with the covering having separated from the rest of the cover entirely on the front edge. The binding overall is however is very good condition, although the front board, and the first few pages attached to it have started to separate from the rest of the block.
The front cover features embossed and gilded text in Japanese, as well as a distinctive embossed image, featuring a flock of birds forming a circular emblem.
There is some discolouration to the edges of the page, as one might expect from a book of this age, but nothing at all detrimental to the presentation of the contents. The inside backcover features a book-plate in Japanese, as well as a small sticker on the back end-paper, identifying this book as having once been sold by the Rare Oriental Book Co. of Aptos, California.
With the exception of the damage to the spine, this book is in very good condition, and has great character and charm. It should be of interest to ornithologists, as well as collectors of Japanese and/or antiquarian books.