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From before World War II up to his death in 1998 Minoru Anzai devoted his whole life to collecting feudal era Japanese gun information resulting in a collection of thousands of items with no parallel in history, comprised of secret gun books from the mid Edo period and works written on the subject of Western military science, as well as a number of rare secret books from the period of transition at the beginning of the Early Modern period, few of which remain today…

Secret books on the art of gunnery from the time of transition to the Early Modern period.

From before World War II up to his death in 1998 Minoru Anzai devoted his whole life to collecting feudal era Japanese gun information resulting in a collection of thousands of items with no parallel in history, comprised of secret gun books from the mid Edo period and works written on the subject of Western military science, as well as a number of rare secret books from the period of transition at the beginning of the Early Modern period, few of which remain today…

From before World War II up to his death in 1998 Minoru Anzai devoted his whole life to collecting feudal era Japanese gun information resulting in a collection of thousands of items with no parallel in history, comprised of secret gun books from the mid Edo period and works written on the subject of Western military science, as well as a number of rare secret books from the period of transition at the beginning of the Early Modern period, few of which remain today…

From before World War II up to his death in 1998, Minoru Anzai devoted his whole life to collecting feudal era Japanese gun information resulting in a collection of thousands of items with no parallel in history, comprised of secret gun books from the mid Edo period and works written on the subject of Western military science, as well as a number of rare secret books from the period of transition at the beginning of the Early Modern period, few of which remain today…

From before World War II up to his death in 1998, Minoru Anzai devoted his whole life to collecting feudal era Japanese gun information resulting in a collection of thousands of items with no parallel in history, comprised of secret gun books from the mid Edo period and works written on the subject of Western military science, as well as a number of rare secret books from the period of transition at the beginning of the Early Modern period, few of which remain today…

English Breech Loading Cannon 1338. Tower of London, London. A royal account of 1338 (Edward III) mentions a ship equipped with “iii canons der fer ove v chambre” and “un handgone” (3 cannons of iron with 5 chambers and one handgun). In 1373-5, there is an account for payment for the stocking of guns “ad modum pycos” (in the manner of a pike, ie. with a long stave).

English Breech Loading Cannon Tower of London, London. A royal account of…

Horibe Yahei holding an o-zutsu (hand cannon). Horibe Yahei, woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).

Horibe Yahei holding an o-zutsu (hand cannon). Horibe Yahei, woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Fisk, 1944. Map of ancient courses of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau, MO - Donaldsonville, LA. Plates 22-1 to 22-15, spliced by Pruned.  http://pruned.blogspot.com/2006/01/geological-investigation-of-alluvial.html

Mapping_Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River

Douran, box for holding hayago (quick loading cartridges) and kayaku-ire (coarse gunpowder flask).

Douran, box for holding hayago (quick loading cartridges) and kayaku-ire (coarse gunpowder flask).

Ubagabi - Fiery ghost of old woman encountered along the Hozu River in Kyoto

Kaibutsu Ehon Nateba Gyokuei Ubagabi -- Fiery ghost of old woman encountered along the Hozu River in Kyoto

1881年に木版印刷された明治時代の絵師・鍋田玉英の図解による「怪物画本」より ふつけし婆々 Auntie specter that put out the fire

Hikeshi baba, Yokai: Hikeshi baba takes the form of a white-haired, grotesque-looking, old woman. She wanders from house to house blowing out lanterns.

Earliest undisputed map of the New World by Juan de la Cosa.

The world map of the Spanish cartographer, conquistador and explorer Juan de la Cosa created in 1500 is the earliest world map showing part of the Americas. Juan de la Cosa sailed the first 3 voyages with Columbus and was the captain of the Santa María.

Kuniyoshi, The Ghost of Oiwa. wringing blood from a cloth in front of her husband who murdered her

OVER YOUR DEAD BODY: Woodblock Prints of Oiwa

century woodblock prints by Utagawa Kunuyoshi illustrating the story of Yotsuya Kaidan, supposedly the most famous and influential Japanese ghost story of all time.

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