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Things Japanese Being Notes on Various Subjects Connected with Japan

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Things Japanese Being Notes on Various Subjects Connected with Japan

by Chamberlain, Basil Hall

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London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. Et al , 1890. ii + 408 + (1) page advertising books by B.H. Chamberlain + (1) page Japanese copyright page at back. With a color folding map of Japan in Provinces, inset map of Yezo & the Kurile Islands; approx. 17 3/4" x 19 1/2" size. Alphabetically organized and with a useful index, the author candidly notes in the Introduction, "...Old Japan is dead, and the only decent thing to do with the corpse is to bury it. Then you can set up a monument over it, and, if you like, come and worship from time to time at the grave; for that would be quite "Japanesey." This little book is intended to be, as it were, the epitaph recording the many and extraordinary virtues of the deceased, - his virtues, but also his frailties. For, more careful of fact than the generality of epitaphists, we have ventured to speak out our whole mind on almost every subject, and to call things by their names, being persuaded that true appreciation is always critical as well as kindly..." Basil Hall Chamberlain, [called Odo] (1850-1935) British-born Japanologist " of the rare European intellectuals of real stature who devoted the best part of their lives to the study of Japan... his remarkable command of Japanese, coupled with his kindly, tolerant, democratic personality, enabled him to establish a wonderful rapport, not only with intellectuals but also with common people of Japan, such as his servants. He also visited almost every prefectureHis solid knowledge and appreciation of Japan has tended to be underestimated because of the impression, more apparent than real, that he was Eurocentric. It is true that he candidly criticized some aspects of Japan, but awareness of the existence of more than one legitimate point of view made him free from any rigid Eurocentrism. His unpublished letters reveal that his attachment to Japan had an intensity hitherto unsuspected..." (Yuzo Ota in the ODNB) Title page with the small previous ownership stamp of George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy on the title page; he served as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894 and was often on-station in Japan and other Asian locations in pursuit of his naval duties; also, handwritten identifier on the front endpaper: "George R. Brush. U.S. flagship Omaha Nagasaki Japan 18th June 1890." Volume approx. 5 3/4" x 8" size; wine-red cloth binding, gilt spine titles. Some edge, tips wear to binding, mottled loss of color to the spine cloth; map and contents in very good condition.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good.


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