Excursion A Kioto - Capitale du Japon par A. Pâris - Lieutenant de Vaisseau
[Japan] Accompagne De Planches et de Figures sur Bois. Arthur Bertrand, Editeur. Librairie Maritime et Scientifique.
Very scarce work recording a very important visit to Kyoto by the French Consul, Léon Roches and Harry Parkes, the British Consul along with the Dutch Consul. After the Sakai massacre in March 1868, they were invited to meet the Meiji Emperor, who wanted to show them that the new government in power wished to have peaceful relations with others nations. Lieutenant Pâris was a member of Roches' escort and was the only one to publish a record of this extraordinary trip roughly four years before Kyoto was opened to visits from foreigners. Complete with the three fold-out pages of lithographic illustrations showing locations in Osaka (mostly) and Kyoto.
Paris. Paul Dupont. 1869. pp. 27 + 3 fold-out pages in rear as issued. 22.2 x 13.1cm.
In good to very good condition. Covers separating at lower part of binding. Stamps and labels of the Naval Officers' Association in Stockholm along with tape at the top of the front and rear covers. Internally some wear and the occasional pencil marks but overall very good. b34031136