The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence
The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence

ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in Japan.

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ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in Japan. Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863.

Two volumes, 8vo. Publisher's original green cloth, image of samurai blocked in gilt to upper cover of volume I and of geisha to volume II, lettered and decorated in gilt to spines; pp. xxxii, 469, [3, colophon page and advertisement leaf]; x, 539; 16 chromolithographic plates, numerous wood engravings to text, folding map to volume I and folding plan of Osaka to vol. II, both hand-coloured in outline; slight staining to upper margins of lower cover to each vol., embrowning to folds of map and a little foxing to margins of five plates (not affecting images), but a bright, tight copy.
First edition. Alcock was appointed the first consul-general to Japan following Lord Elgin's treaty with that country in 1858. The admission of foreigners into Japan at this time formented trouble among the warrior classes, who venged themselves on the newcomers. The troubles culminated in July 1861 with an attack on the British legation itself, the members of which successfully repelled the assault. The present work offers Alcock's view of the situation in Japan at this time, with full accounts of the troubled state of the country and of the attack on the British legation. He also details his ascent of Fujiyama in 1860, the first by a European.
Wenckstern I.43; Neate A25.

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