London: Longman, Green and Roberts, 1863. Octavo. Item #028402
In two volumes, half-titles and color frontispieces, 469 and 539pp, with folded maps and numerous illustrations in chromolithography and on wood. Alcock was Britain's first diplomatic ambassador to Japan. In these volumes he gives an account of his three years' residence in Japan and of his journeys to the interior. His collection of Japanese art was among the finest in England and his work to extend access to Japanese ports for the England became a source of contention. Each colored lithograph plate is present and in fine condition as are the in text illustrations. Withdrawn from the Asheville Public Library with only their small bookplate and a small rembossed stamp to title page. A handsome set bound in 3/4 brown polished calf over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands with comparments fully gilt decorated, red and green contrasting spne labels gilt marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, covers only lightly rubbed, previous owner's name in pencil dated 1921.. Very nice.