Asia Bookroom

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    Asia China Ephemera Japan Maps South East Asia

Asia Bookroom is a large open shop specialising in books on Asia with smaller sections on the Middle East and the Pacific. Our stock ranges from antiquarian and secondhand books through to ephemera, prints and maps and even some new books.

We sell to private customers and institutions around the world. Join our mailing list to receive tailored offerings of new arrivals in your particular area of interest and visit our shop next time you are in Canberra.

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Store Hours

Hours are generally:

Tuesday - Friday: 10.00 - 5.30;

Saturday: 10.00 - 5.00

Sunday: Closed

However, times can vary.

Please check our website to be sure before making a special visit.


The Independent. [A Journal of Korean Commerce, Politics, Literature, History and Art]. Seoul, Korea, Saturday, November, 21st- Thursday, December 3rd, 1896.
W.H. Smith. Seoul. 1896. A short run of six consecutive issues of the pioneering nineteenth century Korean newspaper "The Independent" (Tongnip Sinmun), published bilingually in English and Korean from November 21st to December 3rd 1896. This newspaper was founded by the renowned Korean intellectual Soh Jaipil (Philip Jaisohn,1864-1951) and was the first in which Korean-language reports were printed solely in Hangul (Korean phonetic script), making them accessible to a relatively broad readership, including women (Soh was an advocate of political rights for women).
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Commemorative Photographic Album on the 6th Far Eastern Championship Games. 第六回極東選手權競技大會記念寫真帖.
Jiji Shinpōsha. Jūjikan. Osaka. Taisho 12 (1923). This 1923 photographic album commemorates the 6th Far Eastern Championship Games, which were held in Osaka. Participating nations were the Philippines, Republic of China, and Japan, and their national flags adorn the front cover (the Philippines is represented by the US national flag). A variety of competitions were held over several days across Osaka, including track and field, swimming, volleyball, tennis, and football.
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Photograph Album of a Japanese Soldier in 1930s Japan and Taiwan. 在学記念.
Japan. (Circa 1930). A fascinating album of photos belonging to a member of the Japanese military, Nakao Fumizo 中尾文蔵, who served amongst indigenous communities in Taiwan in the mid to late 1930s. The photos are contained in an embossed album with dramatic military scenes of tanks, cavalry and infantry on the front cover with a Japanese Imperial Army insignia seal in silver.
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Woodblock Prints Showing Scenes from The Tale of Genji. 木版画. 源氏五十四帖.
Yamada Shoin. Tokyo. Showa 33 (1958). This is a beautiful collection of woodblock prints featuring various scenes from the Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki. The Tale of Genji has been traditionally appreciated with beautiful illustrations and this collection was one of the more modern examples. Published in 1958 on a monthly subscription basis (receipt for the 7th envelope loosely inserted), each print is enhanced with expert interpretations in Japanese and English. A lovely collection of Genji related prints.
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