~~ Set 1863051021 ~~

The Capital of the Tycoon, 1863

 

 
Condition. This set is in Fine condition. There is moderate foxing at the front and back pages. The covers have edge wear and light scraping. One corner has heavy bumping (right top front on volume 2) and the others are lightly bumped. Inside the front cover of both volume is an owner's nameplate with a 19th century date. A few plates, including both frontispiece plates have light foxing, but they are basically clean and bright. The gilt remains bright and text pages bright, clean and free of blemishes. An exceptionally clean and sound set in original bindings.


 
Alcock, Sir Rutherford:
The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in Japan, London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1863 (1st ed), 2 volumes, 8vo, green blindstamped cloth with gilt illustrations and lettering on front covers and spine, 16 tissue guard protected chromo-lithographs (2 frontispieces and 14 in the text), 128 black and white woodcut engravings, 2 folding colored maps, 469 pp / 539 pp. At the back of volume 2 is a 39 page index (pages 501-539) covering both volumes. This is followed by 24 pages of publisher's advertisements. The front cover of volume 1 has a vignette of a samurai embossed in gold and an unembossed vignette of a lady on the back cover. This is reversed in volume 2 with the lady on the front cover embossed in gold and the samurai on the back cover unembossed. The top edge is untrimmed and the bottom and side edges are trimmed. Printed by Spottiswood & Co. Printers, New-street, London.

An account Japanese life, culture and geography by the British Special Envoy to Japan. The book is an excellent first hand description of major upheaval during this period as the foreign powers maneuvered to establish most favored relations with Japan and intense internal civil strife erupted between forces in favor of modernization and those championing Japanese isolation. Volume 1 starts in 1846 when Alcock was living in Canton. It traces the events from his appointment as head of the permanent British Legation in Japan (mid-1859) to the end of that year. Alcock first arrived in Japan at Nagasaki in June of 1859. By July the permanent British Legation was established in Yeddo. Volume 2 starts at the end of 1859 and goes to Alcock's departure from Japan in March of 1862. Alcock was a keen observer and the book is his account across the entire spectrum of life in Japan during this period to include, politics and government, social and political turmoil, customs and social practices, pastimes, language, geography, international and domestic commerce and the economy (including monetary system), the legal system and flora and fauna. The book is a window into Japanese life of the 1859-61 period. In addition, Alcock provides historical background to place events in perspective.

The set is lavishly illustrated with fine multi-color lithographs (16) depicting people and places. Drawings by Charles Wirgman form the basis of 12 of the chromo-lithographs (three in volume 1 & nine in volume 2) in this set. The lithographs derived from Wirgman's art have "C. Wirgman, delt." inscribed in the lower left corner. The lithographs were produced by "Hanhart Litho."

The text is supplemented with 128 black and white woodcut illustrations and finally 2 color maps round out the illustrations.

To see the title pages, click here.

 

Chromo-Lithographs

(Click on Picture for Expanded View)

Volume 1

The Village Beauty Woman of Yeddo in
Winter Garb

(Charles Wirgman)

(Charles Wirgman)
 
Tea House Attendant Crossing the Ogigawa

(Charles Wirgman)
 
The Lake of Hakoni Fusiyama from the Base
 
Ascent of Fusiyama
 

Volume 2

Scene in a Silk Shop Village Scene Near Nagasaki

(Charles Wirgman)

(Charles Wirgman)
 
The Halt The Baths at Uriaino

(Charles Wirgman)

(Charles Wirgman)
 
From our Inn at Omura Odah

(Charles Wirgman)

(Charles Wirgman)
 
Village Woman Using
the Flail
[Village Live]
Japanese Physician

(Charles Wirgman)

(Charles Wirgman)
 
Shaving the Ladies

(Charles Wirgman)
 

Table of Contents, Abbreviated.

 

Abbreviated Table of Contents
for Both Volumes.
(OCR Rendation of actual listing).

For the entire TOC click, here

 

The Capital of the Tycoon
Sir Rutherford Alcock

 

THE FIRST VOLUME.

 

CHAPTER I.

PROVISIONS AND PREPARATIONS

 

CHAPTER II.

VOYAGE TO NAGASAKI

 

CHAPTER III.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS NAGASAKI PERMANENT RESIDENCE

 

CHAPTER IV.

NAGASAKI TO YEDDO

 

CHAPTER V.

THE CAPITAL AND ITS ENVIRONS

 

CHAPTER VI.

FIRST LESSONS IN JAPANESE DIPLOMACY

 

CHAPTER VII.

EXCHANGE OF RATIFICATIONS

 

CHAPTER VIII.

THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE

 

CHAPTER IX.

JAPANESE SAYINGS AND DOINGS

 

CHAPTER X.

A GLANCE AT JAPANESE POLITICS

 

CHAPTER XI.

FIRST BLOODSHED

 

CHAPTER XII.

IMPROVING PROSPECTS

 

CHAPTER XIII.

A VISIT TO HAKODADI

 

CHAPTER XIV.

MURDER OF FRENCH CONSUL'S SERVANT AT YOKOHAMA

 

CHAPTER XV.

A COUNTRY WALK

 

CHAPTER XVI.

THE NEW YEAR, 1860, AND WHAT IT BROUGHT

 

CHAPTER XVII.

MURDER OF THE REGENT ON HIS WAY TO THE TYCOON'S PALACE

 

CHAPTER XVIII.

STRAY LEAVES FROM A JOURNAL

 

CHAPTER XIX.

AUDIENCE OF THE TYCOON

 

CHAPTER XX.

CHANGE OF SCENE A PILGRIMAGE TO FUSIYAMA

 

CHAPTER XXI.

THE SULPHUR SPRINGS OF ATAMI

 

CHAPTER XXII.

THE HIGH ROAD TO THE CAPITAL, AND THOSE WHO TRAVEL ON IT

 

THE SECOND VOLUME.

 

CHAPTER I.

INDICATIONS OF HOSTILE SPIRIT AMONG THE ARMED CLASSES

 

CHAPTER II.

NEW YEAR'S DAY 1861 THE GREETING IT BROUGHT IN YEDDO

 

CHAPTER III.

SECOND PHASE OF THE CRISIS FLAGS OE FOUR TREATY POWERS STRUCK

 

CHAPTER IV.

JOURNEY OVERLAND FROM NAGASAKI TO YEDDO ACROSS THE ISLAND OF KIUSIU

 

CHAPTER V.

SIMONOSEKI THE 'INLAND SEA,' AND VOYAGE TO HIOGO.

 

CHAPTER VI.

THE PORT AND THE CITY HIOGO AND OSACA.

 

CHAPTER VII.

OSACA TO YEDDO.

 

CHAPTER VIII.

RETURN TO YEDDO

 

CHAPTER IX.

THE LULL AFTER THE STORM

 

CHAPTER X.

MR. OLIPHANT, THE SECRETARY OF LEGATION, SENT HOME FOR THE CURE OF HIS WOUNDS

 

CHAPTER XI.

REVIEW OF FOREIGN RELATIONS WITH JAPAN

 

CHAPTER XII.
THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN AND ITS ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY

 

CHAPTER XIII.

THE CIVILISATION OF JAPAN SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL CONDITION

 

CHAPTER XIV.

TEMPLES, RELIGION, AND AMUSEMENTS OE JAPANESE

 

CHAPTER XV.

WESTERN DIPL0MACY AND EASTERN POLICY.

 

CHAPTER XVI.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DEPARTURE OF THE JAPANESE MISSION TO THE COURTS OF THE SEVERAL TREATY POWERS IN EUROPE

 

CHAPTER XVII.

THE YEAR 1862 -- PROGRESS OF EVENTS IN JAPAN

 
APPENDICES:

A  TRADE OF CHINA.

B  MINUTES OF A MEETING OF BRITISH RESIDENTS AT YOKOHAMA.

C  LETTER FROM MR. MEDHURST.

D  LIST OF DAIMIOS AND THEIR REVENUES. E  MR. VEITCH'S NOTES ON THE AGRICULTURE, TREES, AND FLORA OF JAPAN.

F  TITLES IN JAPAN.

G   A FEW REMARKS ON 'AN OPEN" LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WESTERN NATIONS AT JEDDO'.

INDEX.

 
Illustrations.

 

Summary - Lithographs, Maps, Text Drawings.

Chromo - Lithographs. (16 total  - 7 in Vol 1,  9 in Vol 2)

Volume 1.
(By M. & N. Hanhart.)
The Village Beauty              Frontispiece
Woman of Yeddo in Winter Garb   129
Tea House Attendant             193
Crossing the Ogigawa            407
The Lake of Hakoni              416
Fusiyama from the Base          422
Ascent of Fusiyama              425

Volume 2.
(By M. & N. Hanhart.)
Scene in a Silk Shop             Frontispiece
Village Scene Near Nagasaki      70
The Halt                         72
The Baths at Uriaino             73
From our Inn at Omura            74
Odah                             80
Village Women using the Flail    83
Japanese Physician              291
Shaving the Ladies              292


Maps (2 total)

Volume 1.                     PAGE
MAP  (Engraved by E. Weller.)
Map of Japan    To face        1

Volume 2.
MAP {Engraved by E. "Weller.)
Map of Osaca     To face       l


Woodcut Engravings
 (128 total - 78 in Vol 1, 50 in Vol 2)

Volume 1.
(Engraved by G. Pearson.)

Hongkong                         13
Macao                            19
Followers of the 'Great Peace'
Dynasty                          34
Chinese under the Tartar Dynasty 43
Nagasaki Harbour                 73
A Japanese Salutation            80
Lonin reading                    81
Japanese Norimon                 96
Japanese Cango                   97
How Japanese rest                98
Japanese Page in attendance      ib.
How the Japanese sleep           99
Yeddo from the Avenue           104
A Group of 'Jolly Beggars'      112
Mendicant Singers               114
Merchandise in the
   Streets of Yeddo             117
Shopkeeper going to a Customer  118
Horse carrying Liquid Manure    120
How Mothers dispose of
   their Infants                121
The Paternal Nurse              122
Type of the 'Dangerous Classes' 125
The Samourai                    130
Officer on urgent Duty          133
Female Head Dress               192
"Writing a Letter of Divorce    194
Love Letter discovered          195
Conjugal Service                196
A Japanese Servant or Workman   197
A Japanese prostrating himself
   before his Superiors         200
Weighed in the Balance          245
Night Scene                     250
Japanese Ladies in the Bath     254
After the Bath                  255
A Japanese at his Toilet
   for a Visit of Ceremony      256
Female Costume                  264
Female Dress                    ib.
Music Girl, with Servant
   carrying her Instrument      ib.
The Evening Meal                265
Bay of Hakodadi                 266
Female Costume                  269
Society of Hakodadi             279
Carding Machine for
   separating the Grain         294
How they separate the Grain     295
Japanese Ploughing              ib.
How they cover the Seed         296
How they use Manure             297
Manuring Process                ib.
Mode of protecting Land
   from Birds                   300
The Peasant's Luxury            302
Wild Fowl                   307,308
Agricultural Process            320
Homeward Bound                  370
Court Dress of the Japanese     386
Japanese 'Lords in Waiting'     387
Fusiyama from the Suburbs
   of Yeddo                     395
How Japanese Beasts of
   Burden comport themselves    398
Salutation of mine Host         403
Interior of a Kitchen           404
A Japanese Maritornes           405
"Well-earned Rest               ib.
Pilgrims on the Road            427
Horse-fish                      436
Atami and its Monuments         447
Life at Atami  a Peasant and
 his Wife returning from Labour 448
The Village Aqueduct            451
Returning from Sea-Fishing      452
A Japanese travelling           454
How the Unprivileged travel
  on the High Road              457
Itinerant Musicians             458
Yaconin on Service              459
On the Road to Yeddo            460
Returning from Market            ib.
Fishermen                       461
The Blind Gentleman             462
A Female Ostler                 463
Passing the River Logo          465
'Saionara'                      469

WOODCUTS.

Volume 2.
(Engraved by G. Pearson.)

Duty under Difficulties          69
How Pines grow                   72
Preparing Cotton for spinning    82
Village Housewife reeling Cotton 83
Roadside Shrine                  84
Our Junk in the Inland Sea       87
Gala Dress by Law established    96
The Sea of Suonada               ib.
Helm of our Junk                 97
Steersman and his Mate           98
Sailors eating their Rice        99
Pass out of the Suonada Sea     100
Near Hiogo                      101
Hiogo                           102
View of Osaca        to face    122      Full Plate
Castle of Osaca                 125
Japanese Wandering Minstrels    127
A Rope of Stones                133
Female Servant                  139
Japanese Post  an Express      141
Our chief Yaconin               150
Belfry in Courtyard of
 Temple              to face 	280     Full Plate
Storks                          281
Wild Goose                      282
Specimen of Grotesque           290
Barber                          291
Clothes Merchant                291
Maker of Bows                   292
Ladies at their Toilet          293
Going up Hill                   ib.
Snow Coat                       294
Men Towing                  294,295
Japanese Wooing                 295
Caught in the Rain              296
A Snow-Storm                    ib.
The Mistress and her Servant    297
Mother-in-law and Daughter      298
Blowing Bubbles                 299
Gnomes                          300
Lantern-maker                   ib.
A Japanese Piiest in his Robes  310
A Japanese Friar of the
   Mediaeval Type               311
Porter                          312
The Wedding Party               313
The Christening                 314
Playing at Ball                 322
The Maternal Lesson             323
The Wrestlers                   324
Japanese Game on Horseback      326

Collation. Full Title: The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in Japan, London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, printed by Spottiswood and Company, 1863 (1st ed), 2 volumes: 469 pp / 539 pp, 8vo, green pictorial cloth with gilt, 16 chromo-lithographs, 128 black and white woodcut engravings, 2 folding colored maps.

Volume 1. Short Title Page, Frontispiece, Full Title Page, Preface (18 pages), Table of Contents (4 pages), List of Illustrations (3 pages), Eratta (1 page), Folding Map, Text (Pages 1-469), Advertisements (36 pages). Illustrations - 7 chromo - lithographs (including the frontispiece), 78 woodcut text illustrations, 1 folding map.

Volume 2. Volume 2. Short Title Page, Frontispiece, Full Title Page, Table of Contents (4 pages), List of Illustrations & Eratta (2 pages), Folding Map, Text (Pages 1-440), Appendix A-E (pages 441-500), Index (pages 501-539. Illustrations - 9 chromo - lithographs (including the frontispiece), 50 woodcut text illustrations, 1 folding map.


 


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