- Bookplate on upper pastedown; stamp on both title-pages/ 1x w. owner's entry; plates trifle foxed/ 1x sl. waterst.; endpapers sl. yellowed/ wormholed; map sl. frayed/ w. tear. Binding sl. rubbed along extremities.
= Cordier p.588; Wenckstern p.48; Landwehr, Dutch Books with Coloured Plates 395; Tiele 873; Cat. NHSM I, p.237. Rare work in which the Dutch doctor of medicine Pompe van Meerdervoort describes his activities and the developments in Japan during his 5-year stay on the invitation of the Tokugawa rulers. The first six chapters of the work deal with the history and culture of the Japanese up till 1859 and their international relations. The final seventh chapter focuses on the activities of the Dutch in the period 1859-1863 and specifically on Pompe van Meerdervoort's own role as doctor and educator of a new and modern class of Japanese doctors. The plates mainly show the costumes worn by the various types of Japanese, but also include 2 nice views of the Bay of Nagasaki and the Hospital of Nagasaki, which was founded by Pompe van Meerdervoort. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXXIV.