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Japan Akisato Rito Shoyu & Takeahara Shunchosai (english pictures of important places in Settsu province). 12 volumes. With 380 woodblock prints by Takehara Shunchòsai. Osaka, Morimoto Tasuke, Kansei 8 (1796). 4°. Japanese block book binding. First edition. - Text in Japanese and Chinese. - Important and rare description. The beautiful, mostly double-page plates show topographical views of palaces, Buddhist monasteries, scenes of aristocratic life, scholars, merchants in Osaka, life in Sakai harbour and life of the common people. Among the most interesting illustrations are a typhoon, a tsunami and a theatre performance, which was attended by three Dutch people on their way to Edo (now Tokyo). From 1640 to 1860 Japan was forbidden for foreigners. Only the Dutch trade delegations living in Nagasaki were tolerated and were invited to Edo once a year to present gifts to the Shògun. - Beautiful specimen, with red ownership stamp. Partly the seams were renewed. Traces of moisture at the beginning of volume 4-1 - Very rare and important description with impressive woodcuts. First edition. The text mixes Chinese and Japanese. - Important an rare Description. - The illustration consists of about 380 woodcuts, mostly on double page, by Takehara Shunchòsai, a very famous book illustrator, and is often accompanied by Japanese poems such as WAKA or HAIKU. Among the most interesting illustrations are a typhoon, cherry blossoms, a tsunami, or a theatrical performance attended by three Dutch characters on their way to Edo (now Tokyo). From 1640 to 1860, Japan was forbidden to foreigners. Only the Dutch trade delegations staying in Nagasaki were tolerated and invited once a year to Edo to present gifts to the Shògun. - Very nice copy. Red owner stamp. The back seams were renewed. Moisture traces at the beginning of volume 4-1. - Very rare and important description with impressive woodcuts. *

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