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The Grand Hotel, Limited, Guide Book for Yokohama and Immediate Vicinity.
N.p. (ca. 1900), Yokohama - First edition. Sixteenmo (3 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches). 63, [1], 26, [phrase book], [52, local ads] pp. plus folding color plan of Yokohama in the rear picket. Publisher's gray cloth with diagonal gilt lettering on the front cover. A very good copy.The Grand Hotel was premier among Yokohama's hotels. "The Grand Hotel opened on August 16, 1873 (Meiji 6) and was soon considered the height of Western culture and elegance in Japan. It was located on the Bund and overlooked Yokohama Harbor. As Yokohama became JapanÕs main port of entry, the Grand Hotel turned into Òthe place to stayÓ for those who could afford it. English author Rudyard Kipling stayed here and was amazed by the printed menus (menus were usually handwritten at the time), and customers ordering food by citing the menu numbers of the dishes" (OPJ). The manager of the hotel at this time was Louis Eppinger. A famous hotelman of the time, Eppinger had managed numerous fine West Coast hotels. In 1890 he move to Yokohama took take stewardship of the Grand. He died in 1918 still in the saddle. In later editions of this publication the map is bound in.
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