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Japanese Shipping, Ancient and Modern. 

MERCANTILE MARINE BUREAU (1909.)

£1400.00  [First Edition]

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First edition thus. 73 collotype plates. Oblong folio. Original brocade binding (minor rubbing and wear to hinges and corners), gilt stamp on front cover: "Cruising Library Association", overall still a very good copy. Gilt-speckled endpapers, a.e.g. Tokyo, Ogawa Isshin, 

This photo-book provides an illustrated history of Japanese shipbuilding starting with wooden canoes from the eighth century B.C. to Edo period fishing and pleasure boats, finishing with modern cargoships and ocean liners built in the 20th century. Also included are two early 17th century ms. charts called the Kadoya and Suyeyoshi charts which show the influence of Portuguese map-making on Japan covering the regions of Korea, Japan, South East Asia all the way to India. The present 1909 edition contains an extra 13plates, as opposed to the 1904 edition with 60plates. Rare. 

Stock Code: 222631