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ALLEN, Bernard M.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.

London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, 1933 Stock Code: 129203
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First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British diplomats, allowing him to rise quickly within the British consular service (ODNB). He served for two periods in Japan, between 1862 until 1884, returning in 1895 until 1900. He also served as a diplomat in China (following the Boxer Rebellion) as well as in Thailand, Uruguay, and Morocco. In Japan Satow is recognised as perhaps the most important foreign observer in the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods, and his Guide to Diplomatic Practice (1917) is still an influential and widely referenced work.

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Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine in gilt. With dust jacket.


Japanese bookseller's ticket to foot of front pastedown. Slight bumps to spine ends and head of front board, light foxing to edges, negligible abrasion to head of front free endpaper, a near-fine copy in the price-clipped and lightly soiled jacket with nicks to spine ends and tips, and small chip to foot of front panel.


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