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The Yokohama Guide

The first English guidebook to Yokohama

The Yokohama Guide The first English guidebook to Yokohama
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The Yokohama Guide The first English guidebook to Yokohama

[Japan] Aside from the early directories that contained outlines of cities in Japan, Keeling's Guide to Japan (1880) is considered to be the first English guide book to Japan. Then Satow & Hawes' 1881 guide was the first comprehensive work on travelling Japan. Both books are very scarce. This work, though brief and only covering Yokohama and the surrounding area, predates Keeling's Guide by six years and is extremely scarce. Although no author is listed, it is known that this was the work of William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928), who lived in Japan from 1870-74. He also published separate guides to Tokyo, Nikko, and Kyoto, which also seldom appear on the market. The book has a woodblock printed, fold-out map in the rear.

 

Yokohama. F.R. Wetmore & Co. 1874.

 

pp.39[1]. 17 x 11.2cm.

 

In very good condition. Old archival tape on spine which is holding the book together nicely. Covers with some wear and marks. Internally very good. Map with same type of archival tape on rear of some folds. b34041144

 

The Yokohama Guide

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