Safe Thoughts for Skittish Times by John Eills. Maruzen Company, Limited, Tokyo. 1927. 4 3/4" x 6 1/4" 313 page Hardcover with no dust jacket. Bright gilt lettering and decoration on front cover and spine. Wear a bit heavy on the very tips of covers and the top and bottom of the spine. Also, about 1/4" length of heavy wear on the leading edge of the cover. The book was gifted inside the front cover in black ink on the first blank page. Slight separation i in front of the title page. Pages 45 through 48 have corner folds. There is a red chop mark on the page in japanese at the end of tthe book. I do not know if there is any significance to this. No other previous owner markings. No other tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. sHL06a
"Nearly all of the following articles, stories and verses have variously appeared in the Osaka Mainichi, Tokyo Nichi Nichi, Japan Chronicle, Japan Advertiser, Japan Times, the Far East and the Herald of Asia." - from the Acknowledgement.
I cannot find out much about Eills. It appears he had some role in the Japanese government. At one point it appears the U.S. governemnt attempted to extradite him for perjury in 1913 - 1915, in a child custody suit, which the Japanese Government resisted. I don't know the outcome or the controversy.