Kentarō Kaneko

Kentarō Kaneko (LL.B. 1878), circa 1878

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    Kentarō Kaneko by S. Suzuki, circa 1878

    This photograph was taken around the time Kaneko attended Harvard Law School.

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    Detail of Harvard Law School Library Accession Book, v.4

    From 1849 to 1959, the Library recorded all of its acquisitions by hand in 40 large bound accession books.

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    Inside front cover, Telephone Exchange Regulations, Tokyo, 1902

    Here is the bookplate for one of 36 titles of Japanese law Count Kentarō Kaneko (伯爵 金子堅太郎) gave to the Library in 1905.

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    Title page, Telephone Exchange Regulations, Tokyo, 1902

    Although the topic of this book given by Kaneko may seem mundane, it is the only recorded copy in the U.S. making it quite rare.

S. Suzuki, Tokyo, Japan, photographer
Albumen print, 10.6 x 6.5 cm
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935. Photographs and Other Images, ca. 1856-1934
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Harvard Law School Library’s East Asian law collection began at the turn of the twentieth century with occasional gifts from alumni and friends like Kaneko. Later, the Library established regular acquisitions with Japanese and Chinese book vendors and law schools. Following decades of focused collecting, along with financial support from the East Asian Legal Studies Program, The Harvard Law School’s East Asian law collection has become one of the best in the world.