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Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716)

The History of Japan, giving an account of the ancient and present state and government of that empire, of its temples, palaces, castles and other buildings ... : together with a description of the Kingdom of Siam ; v. 2 / E. Kaempfer. 1727

47.0 x 39.0 x 4.5 cm (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1074486

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This was the most comprehensive European account of Japan until the nineteenth century, and the first published in English. Kaempfer had made extensive notes on Japanese history, culture and botany while serving as surgeon at the Dutch trading post at Deshima. His work contains plates taken from Japanese woodblock prints, including the first plan of Edo in European literature.