SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Illustrations of Japan; consisting of private memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning dynasty of the Djogouns, or Sovereigns of Japan...

London: William Clowes for R. Ackermann, 1822.
Martin Hardie pp.113-114, 313; Prideaux pp.128, 351, 375, Tooley 489, Abbey Travel II 557, Bobins 311, Cordier Bibliotheca Japonica p.450.
London: William Clowes for R. Ackermann, 1822.

Quarto, 13 plates, some coloured aquatints, and some coloured line engravings (one plate folding). Later 19th-century calf with gilt fillet to boards, gilded spine in six compartments, lettered in the second department, all edges gilt. Gilt dentelles. Titsingh served the Dutch East India Company as chief of their settlement at Nagasaki for 14 years. It is claimed that he was one of the earliest European collectors of Japanese prints. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Residence of the Djogoun at Yedo. 2. Earthquake & Eruption of the Mountains of Asama-Yama, in the Province of Sinano. 3. Earthquake, Volcanic Eruption, & Inundation in the Province of Simahara. 4. Plan of the Dutch Factory on the Island of Desima at Nangasaki. 5. House of the Chief of the Dutch Company. 6. The Chinese Factory in the Street of Teng-chan at Nangasaki, founded in 1688. 7-11. [Detailed plates concerning the elaborate Japanese Marriage Ceremonies]. 12. Tomb of the Governor of Nangasaki / Temporary Hut in which the Quan & the Sisek are exhibited. 13. Funeral Procession of the Governor of Nangasaki / Funeral Procession of a Superior Civil Officer (large folding plate).