Recollections of Japan
Captain R.N. Golownin, 1819

 

Golownin, Captain R.N.:
Recollections of Japan, Comprising a Particular Account of the Religion, Language, Government, Laws and Manners of the People, with Observations on the Geography, Climate, Population and Productions of the Country. By Captain Golownin, R.N., Author of "Narrative of a Three-Years' Captivity in Japan." To Which Are Prefixed Chronological Details of the Rise, Decline, and Renewal of British Commercial Intercourse with That Country, London, Henry Colburn, 1819, 302 pp with an additional 89 pages of Introduction concerning "English commerce with Japan" - not by Golownin, large 12mo, (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in - 13.2 x 21.8 cm). This book is a follow-up to the two volume set published in 1818 concerning Golownin's capture, imprisonment and release by the Japanese in the years 1811, 1812 & 1813 (see below). This work relates Captain Golownin's observations, gained while he was held captive, on a wide range of subjects covering Japenese culture, history, politics, geography, etc. He notes that his observations, in the large part, were based upon accounts given him by guards and interpreters. While Golownin clearly recognized the weakness in such sources, he tried to improve reliability by reporting accounts that were "...confirmed by the concurrent testimony of several Japanese." The the tried and proven - "hear it one time - it's a rumor, twice it's its a fact" - school of journalism I guess. There are no illustrations in this book. This book is sometimes offered with the 1818 two volume set as a three volume set.

Major Topics Covered (as stated in Preface):

I. Geographical situation, Climate and Extent.
II. Origin of the Japanese Nation.
III. National Character, Civilization and Language.
IV. Religion and Religious Customs.
V. Government of the Empire.
VI. Laws and Manners.
VII. Productions of the Country; Trade and Commerce.
VIII. Population and Military force
IX. Nations, Which Pay Tribute to the Japanese: and Colonies.
Account of the Voyages of Messrs. Chwostoff & Dawidoff (pages 250-302)

Collation. Full Title: Recollections of Japan Comprising a Particular Account of the Religion, Language, Government, Laws and Manners of the People with Observations on the Geography, Climate, Population and Productions of the Country.
Title Page, Advertisement (2 pages), Author's Preface (2 pages), Contents (2 pages), General Introduction (89 pages - i-lxxxix), Text (numbered pages 1-302), Advertisements (2 pages). No illustrations.



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