6115. Kaempfer's History of Japan 1727

JAPAN. (2). KAEMPFER, ENGELBERT. Historia imperii Japonici... (title vol. I) -
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; Of Its Metals, Minerals, Trees, Plants, Animals, Birds, and Fishes Of The Chronology and Succession of the Emperors, Ecclesiastical and Secular; Of The Original Descent, Religions, Customs, and Manufactures of the Natives, and of their Trade and Commerce with the Dutch and Chinese. Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam...translated from his original Manuscript, never before printed, by J. G. Scheuchzer... (title printed in red and black to vol. II). London (printed for the Translator) 1727.

Folio (about 340x217 mm.). (10, including engraved title in latin, lacks printed title in red and black with English text), (i)-lii, (2, contents), (1)-391, (1 blank), 392, (3); (4), 393-612, (1)-75, (1 blank), (10) pp. 1 engraved title, 1 title printed in red and black, 45 engraved partly folding or double-page maps and plates (all).
Contemporary brown full leather, worn, gilt border, old rebacked spine gilt in seven compartments, redspeckled edges. Minor foxing. Armorial bookplate. First edition. 2 volumes.

Cordier, Japonica pp. 413-414; Nissen BBI 1919 note. The first scholarly treatment of Japan in any language.