FOLIO SET OF BRINKLEY’S JAPAN, IN DECORATED SILK BINDINGS, WITH 30 MOUNTED HAND-COLORED ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPHS
(JAPAN) BRINKLEY, Capt. Frank. Japan. Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Written by eminent Japanese authorities and scholars. Boston: J.B. Millet, (1897-98). Ten volumes. Large, thin folio (13 by 16 inches), original printed silk over boards, bound with silk cord, each volume with a different Japanese-style floral pattern. $4500.
Yedo edition of Brinkley’s extensive work on the history and culture of Japan, number 33 of 1000 sets, illustrated with ten color collotype frontispieces, 30 mounted hand-colored albumen photographs, and approximately 260 halftone reproductions.
Brinkley’s accounts of Japan highlight the fascination with which the West viewed the Orient at the end of the 19th century. A resident of Japan for over 40 years and owner/editor of the Japan Mail, Brinkley harnessed his knowledge of Asia to create the voluminous writings that both satisfied and augmented the curiosity of his Western readership. With chapters on Japan’s cities, buildings and scenery, religions, festivals, history, and its political and economic relationship with the rest of the world. Profusely illustrated with rare full-page plates, photogravures and engravings (many tinted and color-finished by hand) of 19th-century Japan. Designed to showcase Japanese arts, the photographs were printed and hand-colored in Japan, the text was printed on Japanese paper in a Japanese-style binding, with cloth covers dyed in Japan in patterns found in the Imperial Palace.
Interiors fine, with only very minor infrequent light foxing. Lovely printed silk boards with light soiling and wear, spines a bit toned. An attractive set.