Hildreth, Japan as It Was and Is
1902 Facsimile Edition
Tokyo Printing


To purchase this book on-line, click here.

Hildreth, Richard
Murakawa, K. (editor):
Japan as It Was and Is, Sanshusha & Kandan, Tokyo, 1902, 8vo (6 1/4 x 9 in - 15.5 x 22.7 cm; Tokyo edition), 611 pp, green cloth with a gilt title on spine and ship on front board, foldout map of Japan as frontispiece. Edited with supplementary notes by K. Murakawa. The book was also printed in Boston by Phillip, Sampson & Co. The Tokyo edition states that 500 copies were printed and each book has a manuscript notion of it's number between 1-500. The Tokyo printing appears to be the scarcer of the two printings.

The book traces European contact with Japan from the 13th century through to the 1850s and includes descriptions of various aspects of life in Japan during the mid-19th century. Hildreth was in Japan less than 10 years after Perry. The book is a useful history of Japan from the earliest European contact through Perry. The 1st edition was published by Sampson in 1855.

Collation. Full Title: Japan As It Was and Is, Edited with Supplemental Notes, Sanshusha & Kandan, Tokyo, 1902 (c1855), Facsimile of 1855-6, Title Page, Foldout Map, Title Page, Number of 500, Erata Sheet (3/4 page size), Preface (4 pages), Advertisement (4 pages), Contents (8 pages), text (numbered pages 13-552), Appendix (numbered pages 553-580), Notes by the Editor (numbered pages 581-596), Index (numbered pages 597-611), Japanese text (probably information regarding the printer) when you see 612 pages in a description, this unnumbered page has been included in the total.

The Perry Expedition:    General Information  :   Related Books/Pubs
The Lithographs:    Characteristics   :    Condition    :    Listing    :    Buying
Order On-line:    Lithograph Price List  :   Book Price List
ABE Book List:    BaxleyBooks Inventory on ABE
Special Interest Books/Art:
    ~ K. Ogawa - Color Collotypes and Books/Prints
    ~ T. Hasegawa - Color Woodblock Books
    ~ Shimbi Shoin - Art Reproduction Books
    ~ Tamamura/Takagi, Kobe - Color Collotype Books
    ~ Georges Bigot - Etchings & Art
    ~ Keisuke Serizawa - Calendar Folios & Art
    ~ Woodblock Printing - Process & Miscellaneous Books
    ~ Japanese Woodblock Prints
Blackie the Photographer - Okinawa Photo Essay Books
Meiji Era - Japan Views & Images (Price Lists & Information):
    ~ Albumen Photos  :   Chromolithographs
    ~ Colored Albumen Photographs (from Brinkley Books)
    ~ Stereoviews  :   Kazumasa Ogawa Collotypes
    ~ CDV - K. Ogawa   :   CDV - Other   :   Cabinet Cards
    ~ Glass Slides, "Magic Lantern" - Hand Colored
    ~ Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita
PayPal Accepted:    Pay for Purchases with PayPal
Buying Books:    Our Book Buying Interests
BaxleyStamps:    Main Page  :   Ryukyu Stamps  :   Japan Stamps

  Frames Version   :   No Frames Version

Copyright - 2024 - George C. Baxley
Copyright and Fair Use Policy is here.

We Are Buying the 1856-7 Perry Expedition Books and Lithographs.
If you have material to sell, please visit this page:

George C. Baxley
PO Box 807
Alamogordo, NM 88311


Perry Expedition to Japan Books & Lithographs
BaxleyStamps.com  gbaxley@netmdc.com