Midzuho-gusa, Segenbringende Reisaehren. Nationalroman und Schilderungen aus Japan. 3 Vols. (Blessed Rice. National Novel and Depiction from Japan)
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1880. Ex-Library First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. x, 320 (1), vi, 417 (1), 1 folding map, vi, 473 (1)pp. Original burgundy silk over gray silk-covered boards with extensive gilt -stamped illustrations and lettering on covers and spines. Green endpapers. Decorative initials. Illustrated with b/w map of Japan. Thirty pages of historical chronology in table at rear.
Vol. I: Vasallentreue. Vols. II. and III: Schilderungen aus Japan I. und II. "The task I am trying to tackle here, is the description of the old Japan, the Japan before the 1868 Meiji Revolution, which open the country to dealings with foreign countries, with the consequence that its own cultural features and peculiarities started to be pushed into the background." (Author). With a historical timeline of Japanese history on pages 446–473 in volume three. Text in German, Gothic script. With typical library marking, stickers on spines, library stamps to top and bottom edges, verso of title pages and end of text pages. Library bookplates on inside front, library pockets, respectively index cards on inside back covers. Bindings with very light wear along edges. Minor foxing on half-titles. Overall in very good condition. vg. Item #46373