BRINKLEY, FRANCIS. 1841-1912. Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Boston: J. B. Millet Co. 1897-1898.
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BRINKLEY, FRANCIS. 1841-1912.
Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Boston: J. B. Millet Co. 1897-1898.
US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£880 - 1,300

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BRINKLEY, FRANCIS. 1841-1912.
Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Boston: J. B. Millet Co. 1897-1898.
10 volumes, folio (395 x 290 mm). Profusely illustrated with over 200 photographs in various printing techniques tipped in, including hand-colored albumen prints and chromolithographs, as well as reproductions of famous artworks, 5 original watercolors, and 9 colored collotype photographs of flowers by Kazumasa Ogawa. Japanese style patterned cloth with silk tassels. Limited edition number X of 750 sets. Light wear to cloth, spines slightly sunned.

Contains an essay on Japanese art by Kakuzo Okakura, Director of the Imperial Art School in Tokyo. Captain Francis (Frank) Brinkley was born in County Meath, Ireland, and after finishing Trinity College, Dublin, he entered the Royal Artillery, and was transferred to Hong Kong. On his way, he stopped in Nagasaki and witnessed a duel between samurai warriors, which would leave him deeply impressed with Japanese culture. He moved to Japan permanently in 1867, where he created an English language newspaper, the Japan Mail, and later became the Tokyo correspondent for The Times of London, reporting on the Russo-Japanese War.
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