Will Adams, The First Englishman in Japan. A Romantic Biography.

By: Dalton William

Price: £128.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


An early edition. No date but likely circa 1870s. (The original was published in 1861 and other publishers quickly followed suit). In the original pictorial cloth covered boards, with gilt titling to the spine and front board. No dust-jacket. Spine ends and corners are a little bumped, but no damage. The spine is slightly faded and rubbed, but the gilt is quite bright. Page fore-edges dust-ingrained and with some marks. Internally pale lemon endpapers, some thumbing/marks on the front free endpaper, a few small neatly closed edge tears, and a top corner crease to the first 6 pages of the first Chapter, but o/w overall NO Inscriptions or major marks, and a Near Very Good clean, tight copy. (xvi) + 298 pp + 6 pages of Blackwood advertisements at the rear. With a b/w wood-engraved frontispiece and similar engraved title-page, a printed title page, 18 wood-engraved illustrations, PLUS 5 other full page b/w wood-engraved plates present but NOT listed. The illlustration contents page shows the Frontispiece to be "Will Adams before the Emperor" but in this edition is actually "The Verhagen on her Journey" (a ship) - which makes more sense chronologically as this story starts with the Verhagen Fleet. The plate "Will Adams before the Emperor" is actually at page 103 as correct in the story - and as noted printed on the front corner of the plate. "William Adams (1564 -1620) known in Japanese as Miura Anjin, was an English navigator who, in 1600, was the first of his nation to reach Japan during an expedition for the Dutch East India Company. Soon after Adams' arrival in Japan, he became a key advisor to the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Adams directed construction for the Shogun of the first Western-style ships in the country. He was later implemental in Japan approving the establishment of trading factories by the Netherlands and England". Dalton had never been to Japan and his book reflects romanticised Victorian British notions of "Exotic" Asia. Overall a Near VG copy. Quite scarce. See Images. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall

Title: Will Adams, The First Englishman in Japan. A Romantic Biography.

Author Name: Dalton William

Categories: India/Burma/Asia, Foreign Travel. Exploration, Naval/Maritime, History & Politics. Churchill, Biography. Essays. Letters. Diaries, Bindings,

Edition: Unknown

Publisher: London, James Blackwood & Co. ,: 1870

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 114870

Keywords: Will Adams, The First Englishman In Japan. A Romantic Biography. By William Dalton An Early Edition. No Date But Likely Circa 1870s. (the Original Was Published In 1861 And Other Publishers Followed Quickly) With A B/w Wood-engraved Frontispiece And Similar Engraved Title-page, A Printed Title Page, And 18 Wood-engraved Illustrations, PLUS 5 Other Full Page Wood-engraved Plates Present But NOT Listed. William Adams (1564 -1620) Known In Japanese As Miura Anjin, Was An English Navigator Who, In 1600, Was The First Of His Nation To Reach Japan During An Expedition For The Dutch East India Company Soon After Adams' Arrival In Japan, He Became A Key Advisor To The Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. With A B/w Wood-engraved Frontispiece And Similar Engraved Title-page, A Printed Title Page, And 18 Wood-engraved Illustrations, PLUS 5 Other Full Page Wood-engraved Plates Present But NOT Listed. Japan; The First Western SAMURAI