Tokyo: Japanische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschungen, 1937. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. (2) 3, 3, 269 (1)pp. 155 figures. Original yellow cloth with black lettering on cover and spine, housed in brown printed still paper slipcase. Yellow endpapers. Report on comprehensive racial anthropology project of the scientific team lead by Prof. Y. Koya, director of the Hygienic Institute at the medical faculty at Kanazawa, to determine the racial affiliation of the Ainu people. Contributing assistants of Prof. Koya were T. Mukai, E. Uyeda, S. Suzuki, G. Morita, K. Kawamura, T. Yagasaki, and J. Enisi. It is the first publication of Prof. Y. Koya in a European language.
The five year project included the examination of 2,200 Ainu people and related islanders. This examination was conducted in three stages from 1934 to 1936, and was sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Scientific Research. The extensive report is presented in three major sections: examination of the somatology of the Aino, the anthropometric results relating to the oral cavity, and third, the fingerprint identification of the Ainu. It is illustrated with 167 tables and diagrams and 15 maps. At rear a section with b/w offset reproductions of photographs of Ainu and Tungusic people in 155 figures, including 9 figures depicting dental impressions and two landscapes, the village Biratori and Higashi Muroran, followed by one page of publisher's advertisement featuring the German title and Japanese text, with Kanehara & Co and Iwanami Shoten referenced as publishers. An original blue stamp identifying the publishers Kanehara and Shoten affixed to the black framing of advertisement.
Text in German. Slipcase with some wear along edges, minor spotting and creasing. Figure 4 with three inch closed tear at foredge, and figure 5 with small paper deposit from facing page at upper right border. Binding with light wear along edges, minor rubbing of covers. Binding in overall very good, interior in very good+ condition. vg to vg+. Item #44241