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THE CAPITAL OF THE TYCOON: A Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in Japan.
Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green 1863. . 1st Ed. 2 vols. xxxi + 469pp. + [i] + x + 539pp. + 24pp. publ. avderts. 16 chromolithos., 2 folding maps, profusely ills. With the bookplates of Edgar A. Blockley and Cliff Parfit and the signature of G.L. Weidemann? Some light browning, original gilt lettered cloth with gilt vignettes to upper boards and with dec. spines sl. chipped and bumped. Cordier, 556. The author was the first consul-general in Japan after the signing of Lord Elgin's treaty. The resulting admission of the foreigners had provoked a fierce reaction amongst the Japanese military classes and Alcocks' legation was often under attack, his interpreter being cut down by a swordsman at the very gates. The book describes all aspects of life in Japan including the diplomacy of western states. Baker ‘... knowledge of the interior (at that time) was restricted to a few towns and routes. Alcock was able to make a number of journeys inland, in the island of Nippon, and to give the world fruits of his labours in a classical work, [the above].' US$1147
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