Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission
to China and Japan in the years
1857, 1858, 1859, 1859

by Laurence Oliphant, 1859

 
Oliphant, Laurence:
Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the years 1857, 1858, 1859, Edinburgh, William Blackwood and Sons, 2 volumes, blue pictorial/gilt cloth, 1859, 8vo. Illustrated with 5 folding maps, 20 colored lithographic plates (4 are facsimiles of Japanese woodblock prints) and 50 wood-engraved text illustrations. Volume 1 - 492 pp (5 lithographs, 2 maps & 20 text illustrations) and Volume 2 - 496 pp (15 color lithographs, 3 maps & 30 text illustrations). Laurence Oliphant was a private secretary to Lord Elgin and accompanied him to Calcutta, Hong Kong, Canton, Tientsin and Yedo. The main purpose of the mission was the signing of treaties opening both China and Japan to British trade. The first part provides a survey of the Yangtze river and the opening of China to Western commerce. The second part provides a description of the political and social conditions in Japan.

 
Title Pages

Volumes 1 & 2
 

 
Table of Contents.

Volume 1
Volume 2

 

Lithographs - Volume 1

Signing of the Treat of Tiensin



The Storming of Canton



Temple of Supreme Felicity (Residence of the Allied Missions at Tientsin)



Capture of the Peiho Forts



Reception-Tent of the Imperial commissioners, Takoo



Volume 2

Exchange of Full Powers Between the Earl of  
   Elgin and the Japanese Commissioners 



Nagasaki



A Lady at Her Toilet (From a Native Drawing)



Shimoda



A View of Fusi-Yama (From a Native Drawing)



Yedo Forts



Residence of the British Mission at Yedo



View of Yedo from the Citadel


A Street in the Aristrocratic Quarter of
  Yedo (From a Native Drawing)



Interview Between the Earl of Elgin and the
  Prime Ministers of Japan



Tea-Gardens Near Yedo



Tea-Gardens, Interior



A Winter Scene in Japan (From a Native Drawing)



Japanese Funeral



Quanon (Qwanon) Temple, Yedo




 
Maps - Volume 1


The Peiho River  (21.5 x 26 cm)


Map of China  (52.5 x 60.3 cm) 

 
Maps - Volume 2 Empire of Japan Chart of the Harbour and Soundings of the Bay of Yedo The Yang-Tse-Kiang River Summary of Plates and Maps 20 Color (Chromo) Lithographs 5 Maps (fold out) 50 Woodcut Text Illustrations Volume 1. Lithographs (Color) At page Signing of the Treat of Tiensin Frontispiece The Storming of Canton 125 Temple of Supreme Felicity (Residence of the Allied Missions at Tientsin) 236 Capture of the Peiho Forts 299 Reception-Tent of the Imperial commissioners, Takoo 300 Maps The Peiho River (21.5 x 26 cm) 313 Map of China (52.5 x 60.3 cm) 492 Black and White Woodcut Text Illustrations (20 in total) Volume 2 Lithographs (Color) Exchange of Full Powers Between the Earl of Elgin and the Japanese Commissioners Frontispiece Nagasaki 7 A Lady at Her Toilet (From a Native Drawing) 19 Shimoda 71 A View of Fusi-Yama (From a Native Drawing) 97 Yedo Forts 101 Residence of the British Mission at Yedo 117 View of Yedo from the Citadel 130 A Street in the Aristrocratic Quarter of Yedo (From a Native Drawing) 140 Interview Between the Earl of Elgin and the Prime Ministers of Japan 151 Tea-Gardens Near Yedo 167 Tea-Gardens, Interior 169 A Winter Scene in Japan (From a Native Drawing) 180 Japanese Funeral 188 Quanon Temple, Yedo 212 Black and White Woodcut Text Illustrations (30 in total) Maps Empire of Japan 1 Chart of the Harbour and Soundings of the Bay of Yedo 14 The Yang-Tse-Kiang River 288 Map 1 21.5 x 24.5 (2 folds out) Map 2 21.5 x 25 (2 folds out) Map 3 21.5 x 25 (2 folds out)

 


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