PASKE-SMITH, Montague.

Western Barbarians in Japan and Formosa in Tokugawa Days.

1603-1868.

Kobe: J. L. Thompson & Co., [1930] Stock Code: 129310
£650.00

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Notes

First and limited edition, one of 500 copies, 35 special printed on handmade paper were also issued. A richly illustrated history of foreign involvement in the Edo or Tokugawa period in Japan and Taiwan, referred to here as Formosa. The supplements included are reproductions of The Japan Herald (23 November, 1861) and The Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser (10 July, 1861), as well as a list of foreign businesses and residents in 1867. Paske-Smith was a Canadian-born British diplomat who joined the Foreign Service as a translator in 1907; based in Japan, he subsequently worked in a number of posts, before later being appointed British Ambassador to Colombia in July 1936. Whilst in Japan he worked on several English language histories and guides to the region. An uncommon work with just six copies traced institutionally in the UK. This copy with the collector's bookplate of Japanese bookplate scholar and author, Cliff Parfit.

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Description

Large octavo (252 x 176 mm). Contemporary half vellum, green handmade paper sides, paper spine label, tan handmade paper endpapers, green cloth pocket to rear pastedown, original cloth bound in at rear. Housed in a custom green cloth solander box.

Illustrations

Folding colour frontispiece, 30 plates with tissue guards, 3 folding colour plates, 2 folding black and white plates, large folding colour map of Nagasaki as it was in 1802 and three folding supplements in cloth pocket at rear.

Condition

Two small lines to margin on p. 30, tape repair to short closed-tear at head of pp. 227-8, minor foxing to fore edge; else a near-fine copy.

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