Thursday, October 25, 2012

Indonesia Sedar, 1939, dir Mr. Soenarjo [Sunarjo / Sunario Sastrowardoyo]

Mr. Soenarjo (dir)
[i.e. Sunario Sastrowardoyo / Sunaryo / Soenario / Sunarjo

Indonesia Sedar
Madjallah politiek dan hukum negara, dipersembahkan kepada tanah air Indonesia.
Tahoen ke-1 (1939), nn° 1, 3, 4, 5.

Makassar, Druk. Volksbelang, 1939 (20 April - 20 August, lacking May).

Set of 4 numbers (of at least 5). 27,5 (or 28,5) x 17,5 (or 18,5) cm, 4°, continuous pagination (pp. 1-12, 25-38, 39-52, 53-64), each volume (formerly) stapled under light green printed wrappers wearing on front board a nice vignette figuring a pillar (tugu). 

Very scarce collection of this very high-level nationalist monthly.

It was mostly written by Sunario (as his name is now officially spelled), a lawyer (Mr. stands here for "Master of laws") who took part in various movements fighting for the independance of Indonesia (he created the Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia, later called Partai Nasional Indonesia, along with Soekarno and others, directed at the same level as the latter the journal of the PNI, "Persatoean Indonesia", took part in the Soempah Pemoeda, has been a member of Perhimpoenan Indonesia, etc...) and was later to be a proeminent political figure of Soekarno's regime, being, between other things, a minister of Foreign Affairs and later the Indonesian ambassador in London. He was in Makassar in 1939 after being released from exile in Boven Digul.

Starting with number 3 (or maybe 2?), the monthly has for permanent collaborators : Soekarno (then in exile in Bengkulu), Mohammad Thamrin, Achmad Soebardjo, Ali Sastroamidjojo and G. R. Pantouw, to whom is added Soekardjo Wirjopranato after number 4.

The journal gives international in-depth analysis (for instance on the Versailles treaty) and news about the growing independance movement (for instance a very critical presentation of newly created Muhammad Yamin Partai Persatoean Indonesia - PARTINDO) as well as news from the nationalist fraction in the Volksraad (for instance extensive extracts from M. H. Thamrin political declaration on 11 July 1939) and excerpts from the newly published book by Soenarjo himself about Sedjarah Pergerakan Indonesia (history of Indonesian independance movement).

This publication is very rare. We didn't find any copy in known Indonesian collections worldwide except for the two first issues, which are in the National library of Indonesia collection. It has not been microformed and doesn't seem to be well known by scholars.

Staples missing, covers partly sunned, two small wormholes to first issue. Good.

200 €

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Boekoe meliatin kitab Kwan Im : a sino-malay poetical fortune telling book

[Sino-malay literature / Poetry / Divination / Fortune telling / Kau cim]

Boekoe meliatin kitab Kwan Im

Batavia (Jakarta), Kwee Khe Soei, nd [ca 1930].

16,5 x 11 cm, 16°, 120 pp.stapled under orange printed and illustrated wrappers.

First edition (?) of this sino-malay divination / visionary / fortune telling / magical book written in verses.

"Boekoe meliatin" could be translated as "book of vision". It follows the Kwan Im (Kau cim / Kuan Yin) method of divination, with 30 chapters made of 25 stanzas of 4 verses. In his introduction the author says that you should not expect more than one answer to one question you ask to the book. He also states that his book contains some magic.

The book has been published after 1929 as the publishers advertises on the back cover a title that was published in 1929 and that he says is allmost out-of-print.

Damages to paper around the two staples, making the binding fragile. Still a good copy. 

25 €

Kwee Boen Hian, Penjedar, Indonesian theosophic monthly

Kwee Boen Hian (dir.)

Penjedar, nn° 51-59 (1955)

Magelang, Penjedar, nd [1955].

18,5 x 13,5 cm, tall 12°, 9 numbers of 52 pages each (including the covers) bound in one quarter-buckram volume, title on spine and on front board along with "Lie Djong Hian" supra-libris, all covers preserved.

Excellent collection of volumes of this sino-indonesian theosophic monthly.

Repeated stamps from Lie Djong Hian from Solo, whose supra-libris is also on the front board. In issue n° 52 we found a printed inset where the same Lie Djong Hian invites the readers to a lecture by Siauw Tik Tjwan and Satyapranawa at P.T.T.I. (Perhimpunan Teosofi Tjabang Indonesia) Solo on octobre 1955, with the nice stamp from P.T.T.I. loge in Solo on the verso.

Each issue wears the title of the first article, which is sometimes continued on the next issue(s). N° 51 : "Tenang menghadapi pantjaroba" (facing change with serenity) by Supadio. N° 52 : "Apakah Yoga itu?" (what is Yoga?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 53 : "Apakah hidup itu" (what is life?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 54 : "Siapa yang mebuat Karma?" (who makes karma?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 55 : "Bagaimanakah pendidikan didalam rumah?" (how's education at home?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 56 : "Apakah artinya djalan meningkat?" (what's the meaning of an ascending path?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 57 : "Apakah artinya murid?" (what means being a student?) by R. Sastrowirjo. N° 58 : "Apakah maksudnya hidup" (what is the meaning of life?) by Inayat Khan. N° 59 : "Apakah artinya hari Natal?" ( what's the meaning of Christmas?) by Sadhak. Numerous other articles by various authors, some translations from international theosophic writers.

Quite uncommon, especially bound and with a provenance that seems quite interesting. Some damages to the binding, else perfect: a good copy.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kotoba no tebiki, 1943 (2603). Multilingual Japanese-Malay-Javanese-Sundanese-Madurese dictionary

[Japanese / Malay / Javanese / Sundanese / Madurese Pocket Dictionary] 

Kotoba no tebiki : Nippon - Melajoe - Djawa - Soenda - Madoera

[Djakarta], Djawa Goenseikanboe, Balai Pustaka, [Kōki] 2603 [i. e. 1943].

13 x 9 cm, small 16°, 200 pp., stapled under semi-rigid printed boards. 

First and probably only edition of this multilingual dictionary or, more precisely, word guide.

It gives first on 6 columns on two pages the translation of Japanese words (written in rōmaji and kanji characters) in Malay, Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese and then, the translation in Japanese written in romanized characters of each of these languages on two columns per page. This pocket dictionary was published by the Japanese occupier of the Netherland Indies and intended both to Japanese and educated locals.

Repeated and various stamps and handwritten signature of M. Sjafingi from Solo. Uncommon Indonesia Japanese occupation imprint.

Wrappers a bit worn, some signs of wear due to the staple. Good-.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Errinnophily: Indonesian road tax disc labels for Yogyakarta, 1957

[DPRD and DPD Kotapradja Jogjakarta]
[Errinnophily : Indonesian road tax disc labels]

Peraturan-peraturan dan keputusan-keputusan dari kotapradja Jogjakarta. Himpunan lembaran dan tambahan lembaran kotapradja Jogjakarta. 1957

Jogjakarta (Yogyakarta), [Yogyakarta municipality], 1957.

16 - 28 - 246 pp., 6 colored samples of road tax disc labels for non-motorised vehicles (carts - andong, handcarts - kletek, horse or buffle carts - cikar, becak, bicycles) pasted-down, softcover.

Scarce gathering of decisions of the municipal parliament and government of Yogyakarta. Very interesting for the six road tax (vehicle duty) disc labels (vignettes), which are in fine condition. Cover a bit worn, else very good.

70 €

J. Soetan Martoewa Radja: Doea Sadjoli, 1919. A scarce reder in Batak language.

J. Soetan Martoewa Radja

Doea Sadjoli. II. : Boekoe siseon ni dakdanak di sikola

Batavia [Jakarta], Landsdrukkerij, 1919.

22,5 x 14 cm, 8vo, 127 (1) pp., softcover.

First edition of this reader in Batak (Mandailing) language. It contains 29 stories, mostly folktales. A first collection was published separately in 1917. Scarce. Some very mild waterstains.

40 €

Pantjangan Pertama, pahatan lino oleh Mochtar Apin

Mochtar Apin

Pantjangan Pertama
pahatan lino oleh Mochtar Apin

Djakarta [Jakarta], Pustaka Rakjat [Pustaka Rakyat] (Gelanggang), nd (circa 1950).

21,5 x 16 cm, (3) pp. - 11 lino-cuts (out of 12), loosely inserted under a portfolio illustrated after a lino by Mochtar Apin.

One of the rare examples of Indonesian linocut, Indonesian artists being more familiar with woodcut. First book issued by the Jakarta artist group "Gelanggang", with a short notice and and a 2 pp. introduction to linocut by Mochtar Apin.

Lacks one plate, cover worn, a small central wormhole throughout each of the plates. Fair +.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chairil Anwar: Kerikil Tadjam dan Jang Terampas dan Jang Putus. With vignettes by Oesman Effendi.

Chairil Anwar

Kerikil Tadjam dan Jang Terampas dan Jang Putus
[dihiasi dengan vignet: O. Effendi]

Djakarta [Jakarta], Pustaka Rakjat, nd [ca 1949].

20,5 x 15 cm, 8vo, 54 pp., 41 vignette illustrations by Oesman Effendi, wrappered under a green cover printed and illustrated (by Oesman Effendi) in silver-grey.

First edition, second printing, identical to the first printing, with the exquisite vignettes by Oesman Effendi (1919-1985).

Repeated private stamps of Rudjita. Label from "K.R." bookseller in Yogyakarta and Magelang pasted on title page. 

Damages to wrappers, else a good copy.

30 €

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Midah simanis bergigi emas, 1960

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Midah simanis bergigi emas
[rentjana kulit dan hiasan : Hasan Basri]

Djakarta [Jakarta] - Bukittinggi, N.V.Nusantara, 1960.

17 x 12 cm, 16°, 131 (1) pp., 10 full-page illustrations in black and white by Hasan Basri, bound in boards, upper board illustrated in three colors.

Second printing of this short novel by Pram (first printing was 1955). Uncommon. Repeated stamps from Buana commercial rental library in Solo, central Java.

Signs of wear to boards. A good copy


Pouw Kioe An: Halfmaandblad Terang, 1935, complete set, bound

Pouw Kioe An [a.k.a Sastradjaja or Romo] (dir.)

Halfmaandblad Terang. Tahun pertama: Maret 1935 - 30 Juni 1935 . Nomor 1-7

Semarang, "Terang", 1935. 

24 x 15 cm (R), 8vo, set of 7 issues, 64 pp. each, numerous illustrations, game insets preserved, color pictorial covers preserved, contemporaray bound in quarter brown cloth, smooth spine, handwritten title on paper pasted down on front board (label of Kariosentono, bookbinder in Yogyakarta).

A probably complete set of this rare bi-weekly malay speaking chinese magazine. 

It is the continuation of weekly "Pantjawarna", published in Tasikmalaya and edited by the same Indonesian writer of Chinese descent, Pouw Kioe An. 

Also known as Romo or Sastradjaja, Pouw Kioe An was born in Cianjur in 1906. He served in numerous newspapers and magazines and is an important figure of pre and post-independance malay-speaking ethnic chinese ("peranakan") literature. The first chapters of his famous novel Oh, Prampoean! (O, Perempuan!), published in 1937, appear here for the first time.

Intended for the Chinese community living in the Netherland Indies, this bi-weekly was strongly supporting the integration of the ethnic chinese in the country and published various news from around the world, essays, poetry, tales and novels, not only of Chinese interest. Repeated stamps and handwritten signature of Mr. Tan Djoen Siang, from Yogyakarta.

Cloth of binding used, paper a bit browned, a good+ copy.


Putu Wijaya: Es, 1980, first collective edition

Putu Wijaya


Jakarta, Putu Wijaya - Teater Mandiri, 1980.

17,5 x 11 cm, 12°, 104 pp., softcover, dust cover illustrated by Didiet Riyanto.

First collective edition, privately printed by the author to a few copies only and intented to be used for the reading of these short stories by the author himsellf at Taman Ismail Mazurki on 27 August 1980.

The short stories include : Tua, Huru-Hara, Pian, Menunggu, Pensiunan, Surat, Puas, Mata, Perut, Bacot, Sama, Tamu, Jahanan, Sakit, Pelacur, Dan, Tolong.

Some slight signs of wear, a very good copy.

17,50 €

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Frans Rahardjo: Domba-domba viaduct, 1973. Published in Ende (Flores).

Rahardjo, Frans

Domba-domba viaduct (drama dua babak)

Ende (Flores), Nusa Indah (percetakan Arnoldus), 1973.

20 x 14 cm, 48 pp., stapled booklet, front wrapper illustrated in purple.

Scarce first (and probably only) edition of this philosophical drama, published in Flores, with a very nice pictorial cover.

Nice stamp from "Teater Mandiri" on title page.

Non-religious, educational or folkloric books published in eastern Indonesia are rare. The Arnoldus press was founded in 1925 by catholic mission Societas Verbi Divini and was leant against the Nusa Indah publishing house and bookshop in 1955 (see Henri Chambert-Loir in Archipel, n° 8, 1974, pp. 31-34).

Some slight signs of wear but still a very good copy.

22 €

Tjoa Tjoe Koan: Hari raja orang Tjina, 1887

Tjoa Tjoe Koan [Ts'ai Chu-kuan]

Hari raja orang Tjina [T'ang-jên chieh-jih]

Batavia [Jakarta], Albrecht / Bataviaasch Genotschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 1887.

22,5 x 14 cm (R), 8vo, (4) 101 (3) pp., green hardcover printed in blue, handwritten title on spine.

First edition rebound in a new hardcover by Moestika in 1935, as stated on verso of front board. Tears to 4 leaves, with a small loss of paper and printed letters to one of them, handwritten title on spine quite awkward, else a good copy.

60 €

Sutan Sjahrir: Partai Sosialis Indonesia: azas - tudjuan, peraturan dasar... 1948

Sekretariat dewan Partai Sosialis Indonesia - [Sutan Sjahrir]

Partai Sosialis Indonesia: azas - tudjuan, peraturan dasar, garis perdjuangan partai, keanggautaan, pedoman anggauta

Jogjakarta (Yogyakarta), Partai Sosialis Indonesia (typ. Tampomas), nd [1948].

14,5 x 10,5 cm, 29 (3) pp. including wrappers, stapled under printed wrappers.

Very scarce booklet presenting the orientation and rules of the newly formed Socialist Party of Indonesia (PSI). After a split inside the Partai Sosialis, Sutan Sjahrir founded the PSI, as the left wing later on merged with the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). Reformist and intellectual PSI, though very influent in Indonesian politics till the elections of 1955 and its ban in 1960, has never been a mass party. This explains why booklets like this one are very hard to find.

Two leaves disbound, almost invisible waterstain, a good copy.

50 €

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Anak semua bangsa, first edition

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Anak semua bangsa (roman karya Pulau Buru)

Jakarta, Hasta Mitra, 1980.
20 x 14 cm, 8vo, (6) 353 (5) pp., softcover, colored printed wrapers.

Very scarce first edition and first printing of the second part of Pram's masterpiece, which got banned immediately after its publication.

Unreadable signature, dated  25 dec. 1980, and stamp from Esmasuk shop in Surakarta on half title. Some signs of wear, mostly on the wrappers, and occasional foxing. A good copy.

130 €