First edition, first printing. Publisher's original limp brown cloth with titles in gilt to the front cover and spine. Gilt to top edge. With dustwrapper. Illustrated with a colour woodcut frontispiece, five full-page black and white collotype plates, numerous black and white in-text vignettes, and 15 colour maps/plans, several folding, plus two maps to the endpapers. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little spotting to the covers. The contents with a previous owner's ink initials to the front endpaper, tanning to the map endpapers, a small scorch mark to the rear endpaper and minor spotting to the text-block edge are otherwise in good order and clean throughout. The maps remain in unusually fine condition, free from any damage or wear. The dustwrapper has a little wear to the extremities and a two inch tear to the spine, but otherwise is in good condition.
An extensive travel guide to the region, including sections on Nagasaki, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and Formosa (Taiwan), amongst others, with prefatory chapters on: Communications; Posts, Telegraphs, and Telephones; Geographical Features; History; Dress, Food, Dwellings, Conveyances, and Customs; Outline of History of Japanese Art; Religions of Japan; Education; Religious Architecture; Industries; Bu-jutsu, or Military Arts; Wrestling; Hunting and Fishing; Music and Musical Instruments; No Dance, Kyogen, and Utai Recitation, Shibai and Gidayu, Tea-Ceremony and Flower Arrangement, Japanese Literature; and Landscape Gardening. Scarce with the dustwrapper and with the maps in such good condition. Provenance: From the library of Martin Stone.
Stock code: 17228