Fukoku Zensho. Vol. 11.
GAISHI-KYOKU - BUREAU OF OVERSEAS AFFAIRS (1872].)
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(bound in 3 parts, of 13). Numerous plates, 55 full-page colour woodblock illustrations. Original stitched wrappers, lacking title-slips on two vols, worn title to vol. 3, but overall still very good copies. 46; 83; 81ff. Tokyo, Kitabatake Mohei (and others), dated: Meiji 5 [i.e.
The Gaishi-kyoku was the Overseas Bureau which was the office in charge of publishing material relating to legal matters in the early Meiji Period. From 1872 onwards they issued legal documents as well as rules and regulations for the new government. Always keen on protocol, the first part of vol. 11 is devoted to court uniforms for civil officials. They are beautifully illustrated with woodblock prints in dark blues and metallic colours. The second volume deals with the banking laws, while the third discusses the prison system, its buildings, rules and regulations. It includes several plans and views of a model prison. Very rare.
Stock Code: 230088