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Collection of various texts concerning Japan,
by the chief official of Dejima

LEVYSSOHN, Joseph Henry.
Bladen over Japan, ... (Met eene afbeelding van Decima).
The Hague, Belinfante brothers, 1852. 8vo. With a large lithographed folding bird's eye view of Dejima (32.5 x 46), with the Dutch flag coloured by hand, inserted in a pocket on the front paste-down, lithographed by Elias Spanier, the Hague, after J. Lobatto. Rebacked in black half sheepskin, modern endpapers.
€ 5,000
First and only edition of a collection of various short texts (new articles, excerpts, transcriptions of letters etc.) concerning Japan and in particular Dejima and Dutch-Japanese relations, collected by Joseph Henry Levyssohn (1800-1883), who was the chief official ("opperhoofd") of Dejima, the Dutch trading post in Japan, from 1845 to 1851. It is divided into 4 parts: the first covering the Dutch-Japanese relations and Japanese polity; the second particularities during Levyssohn's stay in Japan; the third the American-Japanese trade relations; and the fourth various topics (including an extensive, 39-page bibliography of books concerning Japan). Levyssohn provides introductory remarks and commentaries and includes transcriptions of previously unpublished documents.
Slightly browned, a few spots, a couple annotations in the margins, and the map mounted on Japanese paper (restoring old tears), with a small tear in a fold, otherwise still a good copy. Rebacked with some wear to the corners.
Alt-Japan-Katalog 838; Cordier, Japonica, col. 507.
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