FUKUZAWA, Yukichi. Seiyo Kakoku Jijo. Three volumes. 38; 80; 84 double folded leaves (i.e., 404 pp.) Illustrated with 14 full-page colour woodblocks of which six form three double-page plates, introductory pages to volume one with colour borders. 8vo., 180 x 125 mm, bound in publisher's wrappers with printed title labels, in a new blue cloth folding box. Osaka: 1868.
Fukazawa was a member of the first Japanese embassies to the United States, in 1859, and Europe, in 1862, and his Seiyo Jijo [Things Western], the most important and influential Japanese study of western nations of the period, was published in parts between 1866 and 1870. This is an important book for what it shows about Japan's view of the West at the beginning of it's opening up. A little surface abrasion of the wrappers, otherwise a fine set.
Item nr. 148960