CHAMBERLAIN, Basil Hall, and W.B. Mason. A Handbook for Travellers in Japan (including Formosa) ... Ninth Edition, revised throughout. [Tokyo, Shueisha] for John Murray and Kelly & Walsh in London, Yokohama, Shanghai, Hongkong and Singapore, 1913.
8vo. Original red flexible cloth with rounded corners, lettered in gilt; pp. xi, 555, , 38, illustrated advertisements; folding maps and plans including one in rear pocket; light wear to extremities; internally a little toned and with offsetting from endpapers; a good copy.
The final revison of this title, scarce. The Japanist Basil Hall Chamberlain, called Odo, taught at the Naval Academy in Yokohama in the 1870s and became professor of Japanese and philology at the Imperial University (later the University of Tokyo) in 1886. 'His appearance - he was tall and wore a beard - was also that of a typical British gentleman. However, his remarkable command of Japanese, coupled with his kindly, tolerant, democratic personality, enabled him to establish a wonderful rapport, not only with intellectuals but also with common people of Japan, such as his servants. He also visited almost every prefecture in Japan' (ODNB).