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DE BECKER, Joseph Ernest.

The Nightless City, or the “History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku”,

by an English Student of Sociology.

Published: Yokohama: Max Nössler & Co., [c.1906]

Stock code: 90827

Price: £750

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First published in 1899, this is the fifth edition “revised”, of this fascinating study of the history and culture of Tokyo’s Yoshiwara yukaku, or “pleasure district”. An interesting figure, de Becker (1863-1928) was an American-educated English lawyer first arrived in Japan in 1887, in 1891 he married Kobayashi Ei and assumed Japanese nationality, and subsequently set up practices in Yokohama and Kobe. Over the next three decades he published a series of translations of the legal codes of Japan, and studies of Japanese law for foreigners. An extremely attractive copy of this intriguing work on the world of the geisha, with the book ticket of Kobe booksellers J. L. Thompson & Co.

Octavo. Original green pictorial cloth, title gilt to spine and incorporated into front board design in gilt, black and white. Title page printed in red and black, folding coloured Japanese map of Yoshiwara, one folding plan, 44 plates, 14 of these coloured, one folding, numerous illustrations to the text Very lightly rubbed, else very good indeed.

Bibliography: Not in Cordier; Wenckstern ii, 341.

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