SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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VAN BUREN, Thomas B.
Labor and porcelain in Japan.

Yokohama: 1882.
Yokohama: 1882.

FIRST EDITION. 8vo pp. [2] ii [2] 59 [1] 10; with 11 hand-coloured mounted albumen photographs (Emperor Hito Empress Haruko the Ainus a geisha a samurai in armour a coolie in winter dress etc.); Original marbled boards lettered in gilt to upper board, re-backed in green morocco lettered in gilt on spine. This copy inscribed on the front free end paper "With the compliments of the author Yokohama Japan Aug. 1 1882." The work was prepared by Van Buren in his capacity as U.S. Consul-General and is here reprinted with additions and photographs from Reports from the Consuls of the United States. No. 2. Nov. 1880 as published by the U.S. State Department. Coloured plates in order: 1. His Imperial Majesty Mutsu Hito, Emperor of Japan. 2. Her Imperial Majesty Haruko, Empress of Japan. 3. Ainos. 4. A Samurai in Armor. 5. Betto. 6. Geisha, playing on the Tsudzumi. 7. Vegetable Pedlar. 8. Museme, in Winter Costume. 9. Coolie, in Winter Dress. 10. Satsuma Vase. 11. Kaga or Kutani Plate.