With Beautiful Hand-Colored Plates of Early Nineteenth-Century JapanIsaac Titsingh. Illustrations of Japan; Consisting of Private Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Reigning Dynasty of the Djogouns, or Sovereigns of Japan... London: Printed for R. Ackerman, 1822. First English edition. Quarto. With thirteen beautiful hand-colored, line-engraved and aquatint plates, including a three-leaf fold-out panoramic scene of a Japanese funeral. Handsome three-quarter red morocco over cloth boards, with gilt titles and decorations on the spine. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Minor edge wear and staining to the covers. Corners rubbed. Front board re-attached along the hinge. Scattered minor foxing and thumb-soiling. A very good copy of a rare title.
"Isaac Titsingh, who for fourteen years served the Dutch East India Company as chief of their settlement at Nagasaki, is claimed by Mr. E. F. Strange in his Japanese Illustration as the earliest European collector of Japanese prints" (Abbey).
Abbey Travel 557. Tooley 489.
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