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Captain Francis BRINKLEY
Oriental Series. Japan Its History, Arts and Literature. Eight Volumes China Its History, Arts and Literature. Four Volumes
Boston & Tokyo: J.B. Millet Company. 1902, First, numbered limited edition of 100 - this set numbered 8. 12 volumes complete. 8vo. With a hand coloured frontispiece on silk to each volume, numerous plates, hand-coloured reproductions of the famous woodcuts by Hokusai and 2 large, coloured, folding maps (some holes at the join of the folds). Contemporary blue half morocco, gilt-tooled spines no doubt by a fine binder but not stamped thus. Half leather binding with marbled boards. One of the hundred copies of the so called "Okuma Edition" of Captain Francis Brinkley's work on Japan and China, published in 1901-1902. Brinkley (1841-1912) was editor of The Japan Mail and resided in Japan for over 40 years during the Meiji era (1868-1912), an era characterized by Japan's opening to Western ideas and technology. He encountered many changes during this period and wrote numerous books about Japanese history and culture relating to the Japan of his day, as well as an English-Japanese dictionary. Whilst visiting Nagasaki, he saw a Samurai fight, and was so impressed by the warrior's conduct that he decided to settle permanently in Japan. Eight of the twelve volumes deal with Japan, the other four volumes are devoted China. The text is illustrated with numerous plates, displaying photographs of architecture, art, birds, costumes and much more. A very good set, page top edges in gilt, others untrimmed and some pages uncut. Binding also very good, spines only slightly discoloured and a repaired tear to Volume II. See photos.
Bookseller: Louis 88 Books [UK]
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