The Temples and Shrines of Nikko
R. C. Hope, 1896

Hope, Robert Charles (F.S.A., F.R.S.I.):
The Temples and Shrines of Nikko, Yokohama, Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1896, 12mo (5 1/4 x 7 5/8 in - 13.1 x 19.4 cm), green cloth with gilt lettering and red blindstamped design of a torii on front board, 4 black and white halftone plates, 119 pages of text. A comprehensive guide to the shrines and temples in Nikko as they were at the close of the 19th century.

I have examined two versions of this book. Both have identical text (119 pp) and plates (4). They differ in the advertisements only.

  • Type I. This version has 5 pages of advertisements at the rear only. Four pages of the advertisements are primarily for the author's other books. The fifth is for the "Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society." None of the advertisements are aimed at the tourist trade in Japan.
  • Type II. This version contains 61 pages of advertisements at the front (3 ads) and rear (58 ads). These include the same 5 advertisements found in the type I book plus 56 pages of advertisements by local Japanese businesses which are aimed at the tourist trade. Most of these advertisements are illustrated. These advertisements offer an insight into the businesses in Japan catering to the booming tourist trade.

Title Page

Contents Page

The Four Plates

  • Ieyasu, Painted by Himself
  • The Red Bridge, Nikko
  • Yomei-non Gate, Nikko
  • Avenue of Cryptomerias Leading to Nikko

Example of Advertisements (Type I & II books)

Example of Advertisements (Type II book only)

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