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Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence & Avondale (1864-92)

The Cruise of Her Majesty's ship "Bacchante" 1879-1882 ; volume 2 1886

23.0 cm (Height) x 7.0 cm (Depth) (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1191274

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This account of Prince George’s time in Japan was compiled by his tutor using the prince’s diaries and letters. The description combines anecdotes of ‘exotic’ customs with comparisons to familiar British scenes. The gardens at Nara resembled ‘the quieter corners of Greenwich Park’ – yet the deer found here are sacred, ‘fed from the hand with rice’. The result is a romanticised yet comprehensible version of the country.