1857. Item #88615
[MILITARY] NAKANISHI Ki-ichirô, author. SEIYÔ HEIGAKU KUNMO Zen. N.P., Ansei 4 . 25.8 x 18.2 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Printed paper title label, original off-white covers. Done in traditional kinmo-zui style with a page of 9 color printed images of militaria from the West, facing a page with a Sino/Japanese label, a katakana transliteration of the Dutch term for the thing described and the Dutch written in Western script, as well. All told, there are 108 images. There is a colorful and well-printed frontispiece. This little book affords a fascinating look at the state of Western knowledge, especially at a time when the Bakufu goverment still had strict controls on any publication having to do with the outside world and expecially military matters. The covers are quite wormed and there is repaired worming throughout. Only a handful of copies are located in Japan. Unusual and important. Complete, but the price reflects its diminished condition.