Tokyo: Dai-Nippon Yubenkai Kodansha, 1955. 1st Edition in French. Folio, publisher's olive cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-montage illustrated dust jacket.
Elegantly designed introduction to/practical primer on Judo, or "the gentle way," illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white photos. With the passing of the Tokugawa shogunate in late 19th-century Japan, Jujutsu – the method of close combat of the feudal samurai – had begun to fade. Educator Jigor Kan founded the modern martial art of Judo on its techniques; he was, however, guided by a more holistic set of principles that sought to harness "the maximum efficient use of mental and physical energy," with the goal of "mutual prosperity for self and others" (kodokanjudoinstitute.org). He opened the first Kodokan (literally, "place for the study of the way") in 1882; it survives today as the Kodokan Judo Institute. This French-language edition (issued simultaneously in English) appears to have been published in continuance of Kan 's lifelong efforts to promote Judo internationally. With a full-page portrait of Kan ; a preface by Risei Kan , Jigor 's son and second president of the Kodokan; and detailed chapters on every aspect of the martial art. Hinges cracked, light offsetting to endpapers; unclipped fragile dust jacket with moderate rubbing and edgewear, including shallow chipping to spine-ends and flap folds. Very good. Item #141