Japan and the Japanese, Illustrated (Manners and Customs of the Japanese) [Provenance - Edward Lear]
by Humbert, Aime; Hoey, Mrs. Cashel (Translator); Bates, H.W. (Editor)
London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1874. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First English edition, quarto size, 397 pp., signed by Edward Lear. First English edition, translated from the original French edition of 1868. A richly illustrated account of the manners and customs of the Japanese, as observed and recorded by Aime Humbert-Droz (1819-1900), President of the Swiss Council of States in 1856. The preface tells us that M. Humbert "obtained his copious material during a residence of two years in the country, 1863-1864, as Minister Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Republic; availing himself of the privilege of travelling outside the barriers of the foreign settlement at Yokohoma, a privilege at that time exclusively accorded to diplomatists of the Treaty Powers, to obtain subjects for his pen and pencil in quarters inaccessible to the ordinary inquirer." The content is wide in geographical scope, including Benten, Kioto, Kamakoura, and Yeddo, covering everything from the architecture, natural scenery, temples, tea houses, domestic life, the origin and genesis of Japan, the early sovereigns of Japan, art and fashion, ancient history, imperial power, Buddhism in Japan, districts, rivers, canals, political systems, railways, education and literature, drama, art, Christianity in Japan, and many other aspects and details of Japan heightened with rich illustrations.___PROVENANCE: This was Edward Lear's (1812-1888) copy, with his signature on the title page as well as the names of his two famous villas in San Remo, Italy. "Villa Emily" is scratched out and replaced with "Villa Tennyson 1876." He named Villa Emily after his friend, and the wife of the poet Alfred Tennyson, whose work Lear had ambition to illustrate. Soon after Villa Emily was completed a hotel was erected in front of it, obstructing its picturesque views. Lear was furious and immediately sold the villa, having an identical one built at the seaside in San Remo, naming it Villa Tennyson. Evidence of his frustration can be seen in his decision to cross out Villa Emily on the title page of this volume, which must have been in his library at the time. Lear is best known for his ornithological illustrations with Elizabeth and John Gould, and for his limericks or "Nonsense" works.___DESCRIPTION: Original full red cloth with gilt- and black- stamped pictorial upper board and backstrip, professionally re-backed with the original cloth preserved, glazed black-blue endpapers, binders stamp of G. Hargens San Francisco to lower pastedown, title-page printed in black and red with vignette, over 200 fine engravings in text; quarto size (text block just under 12" by 9.25"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xvii [1-4] 5-378 [2 ads] pp., first English edition, signed by previous owner Edward Lear on the title-page.___CONDITION: Internally near fine, we are rating as very good copy overall with all the leaves and plates intact, internally bright with only minimal foxing, professional repairs to one leaf (Table of Contents) and backstrip, other than those some minor bumping at the corners, this is a very good copy with a strong provenance.___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a heavy volume and therefore additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help.
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