Japan and the Japanese: comprising the Narrative of a Captivity in Japan, and an Account of British Commercial Intercourse with that Country. Vasilii Mikhailovich GOLOVNIN.

Japan and the Japanese…
Japan and the Japanese: comprising the Narrative of a Captivity in Japan, and an Account of British Commercial Intercourse with that Country.

London: Colburn, 1853.

Two volumes, octavo; a very good, largely uncut and partly unopened copy in original green blind-stamped cloth.

Classic account of Japan

The Russian explorer's classic account of Japan, first published in 1817 and still a fascinating primary resource in the 1850s, one of the most valuable works of the period on Japan by an actual observer. Virtually no other first-hand study of Japan by a Westerner had been published, though by the 1850s a growing desire to force Japan to open her hitherto closed doors meant that this 'new and revised edition' was needed: it would certainly have been read with interest by Perry and others as the United States Expedition to Japan was being formed.

The Russian explorer's classic account of Japan, first published in 1817 and still a fascinating primary resource in the 1850s, one of the most valuable works of the period on Japan by an actual observer. Virtually no other first-hand study of Japan by a Westerner had been published, though by the 1850s a growing desire to force Japan to open her hitherto closed doors meant that this 'new and revised edition' was needed: it would certainly have been read with interest by Perry and others as the United States Expedition to Japan was being formed.

Cordier, 'Japonica', p. 466.

Price (AUD): $2,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #2907425

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