Japan History Arts Literature Customs Dress 1901 Capt. Brinkley 7 vol set illustratedBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Japan: Its History, Arts, and Literature, by Captain F. Brinkley.
Published c. 1900-1910, Boston, by J.B. Millet & Co.
7 Volumes, c.1,500 pages. Contains 124 illustrations throughout, numerous with hand color, most printed on nice paper in different ink tones and with lettered tissue guards.
Period 1/2 leather bindings, marbled covers and end papers, top edges gilt, deckled edges.
Some spine ends or joints scuffed or chipped, last volume with dried leather crackling, some small color onlays missing from spine floral devices. Still, all volumes remain sound, tight, clean internally and the overall shelf appearance is quite pleasing. Great illustrated set by a known scholar of his era.
A seven (7) volume series (apparently of eight although each volume is complete unto itself with the various topics it covers) detailing numerous aspects of Japanese history and culture.
Written from a western prospective, the series is part history, part ethnography, detailing not only written and visual culture and history, but architecture, dress, gardening, laws, jurisprudence, and court manners and customs from various historical periods that would be largely unknown to a western audience.
Books measure: 9 1/2" H X 6 3/4" W.
Set along shelf measures: 11 1/4".