The Loochoo Islands
Charles S. Leavenworth, 1905

Leavenworth, Charles S., M.A.:
The Loochoo Islands, Shanghai, "North-China Herald" Office, 1905, 8vo, stiff wraps, covers in green, front cover illustrated in black and with black lettering, title on spine in black, brownish tint halftone frontispiece portrait, 23 black and white halftone text illustrations from photographs, 2 red outline illustrations (tattooed hands), 3 pages of facsimiles of a tablet and hieroglyphics, multi-fold table of the population of the Yaeyama island group, 10 pages of tables for Yaeyama, large fold out map at the rear, 186 pp. The folding table has four folds out and contains a village by village census of the various Yaeyama towns. The table shows a total population in the Yaeyama area of 16,995 and 3399 houses. The author was a Professor of History at the Imperial Nanyang College in Shanghai. This book probably represents the earliest and most comprehensive English language discussion of the Ryukyu Islands up to the date it was published. The author covers all aspects of the then current (early 1900) society as well as traces it's historical origins. It is particularly informative because the author presents much information from Chinese records. The book is well illustrated.

Table of Contents

Preface Preliminary I General Description 7 History 13 Foreigners and the Loochoos 30 The People 33 Temples and Public Buildings 39 The Snakes 44 The Products and Commerce of the Islands 46 Government Institutions 56 Japanese Colonization in the Loochoos 59 Appendix I. Memorandum prepared by the Chief Official of the Yaeyama Group 62 Appendix II. Abstract of a Manuscript History of the Loochoos 76 Appendix III. Extracts from Chinese Ming Dynasty History 98 Appendix IV Extracts from the Chinese "Present Dynasty's Survey of Historical Facts" 118 Appendix V. Extract from "Letters and Dispatches of Li Hung-chang" 159 Bibliography 92 Hieroglyphics 96 Map Facing page 186
Title Page Frontispiece - "His Excellency Baron Narahara Governor of Loochoo Islands" "Photo. T. Hasegawa Tokyo" Text Illustrations.
Samisen Players (page 2) A Loochooan Actor (page 3) Banyan Tree at Naha (page 12) View of Part of Naha (page 17) Loochooan Junk, Near Naha (page 17) Cemetery with Graves of Perry's Expedition (page 24) Chief Port of Miyako Island (page 25) Loochooan Native, Near Naha (page 30) Monument Erected by Order of Kaiser Wilhelm I in Miyako Island (page 32) Killing Pigs at Naha (page 34) Market at Naha (page 34) [Tattooed Hands, red color, 2 images] The Palace of the Former Kings, Shuri (page 39) A House on Yonakuni Island (page 40) The Snake Laboratory (page 44) Loochooan Girl Weaving Kasuri (page 46) Shinto and Buddhist Temples at Naha (page 47) Nago, in the Interior of Okinawa, 13 ri From Naha (page 51) One of the Gates of Shuri (page 52) Graves of Persons of Higher Class (page 53) Graves of Common People in Naha (page 53) Port of Naze, Oshima Island (page 55) Road from Naha to Shuri (page 57) Lighthouse at Naha (page 60) Copy of a Tablet (page 95) Copy of a Tablet (page 96-7) Map (facing last page) 3 folds out; 16 1/2 x 9 1/2 in - 42.8 x 24.7 cm


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