A New Account of America - Complete Set of 5 Books by Tsurumine Shigenobu (Kaisei Gyofu)
[Japan] Lovely, complete set of 5 books titled, 'Meriken Shinshi'. Woodblock printed and iIllustrated with impressive images including those of Washington, Amerigo Vespucci, Columbus, ships, maps, The Battle of Saratoga, a fight between Europeans and American Indians, an English attack on a French fort in Ohio, a battle between land forces and English warships along the Virginia coast, a street scene in Washington, and an American family at dinner. The then 31 states of America are also listed. A pioneering work as it was basically the first Japanese book to look at America in some detail. The English spelling errors and some of the imagery show the understandably incomplete knowledge of America at the time.
No place. Kasugaro. 1855.
Vol. 1 - 44pp. Vol. 2 - 46pp. Vol. 3 - 50pp. Vol. 4 - 40pp. Vol. 5 - 36pp. Each 25.3 x 17.5cm.
In very good condition. Volumes 1 & 2 have some short, repaired worm trails affecting a few pages at the lower corners. Volume 3 has a very minor stain at the lower affecting a few pages. Volumes 4 & 5 are very good to fine. Covers all have minor wear. Original title slips all present. b33050948