5 April 2016
TITSINGH, Isaac (1744-1812). Mémoires et anecdotes sur la dynastie régnante des Djogouns, souverains du Japon... Paris: A. Nepveu, 1820.
8° (198 x 127 mm). Half-title, folding hand-colored engraved frontispiece and 5 folding hand-colored plates, one folding table. Contemporary quarter calf gilt (rebacked preserving original backstrip).
FIRST EDITION of one of the earliest Western color plate books on Japan. "Isaac Titsingh, who for fourteen years served the Dutch East India Company as chief of their settlement at Nagasaki, is claimed by Mr. E. F. Strange in his Japanese Illustrations as the earliest European collector of Japanese prints" (Abbey, English edition 1822). See Abbey Travel 557.
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