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A classic work on Japan, with numerous illustrations

ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford.
The capital of the tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japan.
London, Longman, Roberts, & Green (colophons: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1863. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 2 folding engraved maps (partly coloured), 14 tinted, double-tinted and chromolithographed plates, 2 black & white wood-engraved plates and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary calf prize binding, richly gold-tooled spines, with the coat-of-arms of the Royal Naval School on the front boards. XXXI, [1], 469, [1]; X, 539, [1 blank] pp.
€ 1,250
First edition of a famous work on Japan by Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897), the first British consul in Japan, extensively illustrated with numerous chromolithographs and wood engravings. Alcock describes Nagasaki, Yokohama, a trip to Hokkaido and Japanese foreign relations, including differences between the U.S. Consul and the European Consuls. Alcock made many journeys during his stay in Japan, recording the manners and customs of the Japanese. Appendix E contains notes on agriculture, trees and flora by Mr. Veitch. A "classic work" on Japan.
With lithographed prize certificate on paste-down. Map of Japan foxed and some spots in the margins of the plates, endpapers slightly browned, otherwise a very good copy. Binding very good as well, with only a few minor scratches. Cordier, Japonica, col. 556; Wenckstern I, 43.
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