BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE EARLS OF HADDINGTON, LOTS 54-108
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).
Cordier, Japonica 414-415
George Baillie (1664–1738), engraved armorial bookplate
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