Japan. Voorgesteld in schetsen over de zeden en gebruiken van dat rijk bijzonder over de Ingezetenen der stad Nagasaky.
Item ID 52300
Amsterdam, J. H. Tobiäs & M. Westerman & Zoon, 1830. 8vo (20.5 x 11.9 cm). Half-title, title page with hand-coloured engraving, , 190 pp.; two large folding plates. Later contemporary style half calf with marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands with gilt decorations and letterings. The first and only edition. Germain Felix Meijlan (1785-1831) headed the VOC factory on the tiny island of Deshima, near Nagasaki, from 1827 to 1830. For more than two centuries this trading post was the only connection between Japan and the outside world. Next to nothing was known about Japan and the Japanese and this book provided some very interesting, not previously reported insights. Inscribed on half-title: "W. Schmidt / 1e Smith / Zwolle, November 1845." Landwehr, "Dutch books with coloured plates", p. 377, lists the author as "Meylan". Only five auction records in 100 years. Best copy available on the market, right now. Binding later but very attractive, small expert repairs to title page, otherwise a very good copy of this rare publication. Landwehr, 376. Thiele 754; Cordier, 486. Best copy available on the market now