Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes
Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes
Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes
Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes
Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes
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BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE EARLS OF HADDINGTON, LOTS 54-108

Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes

Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP

BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE EARLS OF HADDINGTON, LOTS 54-108

Kaempfer | The history of Japan, 1727, 2 volumes

Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP

Lot Details

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BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE EARLS OF HADDINGTON, LOTS 54-108


KAEMPFER, ENGELBERT

The history of Japan. London: printed for the translator, 1727


First English edition, first issue, 2 volumes, folio (350 x 220mm.), engraved additional title, printed titles in red and black, list of subscribers, 45 engraved plates and maps, mostly folding, contemporary mottled calf, spines rubbed and lacking labels


"[Kaempfer's] History of Japan was for more than a century the chief source of Western knowledge of the country. It contains the first biography of Kaempfer, an account of his journey, a history and description of Japan and its fauna, a description of Nagasaki and Deshima; a report on two embassies to Edo with a description of the cities which were visited on the way; and six appendices, on tea, Japanese paper, acupuncture, moxa, ambergris, and Japan's seclusion policy" (DSB).


LITERATURE:

Cordier, Japonica 414-415


PROVENANCE:

George Baillie (1664–1738), engraved armorial bookplate

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