1873. Item #88614
KAWAMURA Teizan 河村貞山. BANKOKU TSÛSHIN ÔRAI 万国通信往来. Tôkyô, Ôsaka, etc., Meiji 6 . Bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji in the original covers with the remains of the original printed title label. The first few pages are printed in color woodblock, illustrating the treaty ports of the time, including Nagasaki, Ko^be, Yokohama, etc. There are many sumi-e illustrations that follow, following the familiar format of the kashiragaki kinmo-zui style of illustrated encyclopedia that began in Japan in the 17th century. Here the format embraces all things foreign - the top of the page has the illustrations, the captions below. There are ships, products for import, the desired goods for trade, etc. - all very practical. The covers are worn, the title label abraded, but the contents are quite good. By no means a common book. Interesting as an historical document of early Meiji and an excellent example of the renaissance of woodblock printing at the time.