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Charlevoix, Pierre Francois-Xavier de.
Histoire et description du Japon.
Tours: A. de Mame & Cie., 1839. 12mo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., [4], 308 pp.; 2 plts. First edition under the banner of the "Bibliothèque de la jeunesse chrétienne" series, published with the approval of the Archbishop of Tours. Written by a Jesuit professor and explorer, this treatise on Japan began as a history of Christianity in that country, and was first published as such in 1715 before being revised and significantly expanded for a new edition in 1736. The present, still-further revised account of the country, its history, and its people is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece by Rubierre ("Entrée solennelle des Ambassadeurs Japonnais à Rome"), a title-page vignette depicting the author preaching to Japanese listeners, and two other religiously themed plates (a prince destroying an idol, and Japanese Christians being martyred on crosses). A search of WorldCat shows => no U.S. institutional holdings of this 1839 first edition. Provenance: Prize copy, front pastedown with presentation bookplate from the "Pension des Dames de l'Adoration Perpétuelle, Place du Champ-de-Mars," marking the volume's award to Mlle. Aldonza Boitard in 1839. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Cordier, Bibliotheca Japonica, 425; DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1075–76. Contemporary diced green roan, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; leather rubbed and darkened with back cover also spotted, lower front board edge and text block fore-edge dented. Presentation bookplate as above. Lower … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M) [United States]
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