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Screech, Timon, ed. (2006) Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns. Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

Isaac Titsingh was intermittently head of the Japan factory (trading station) of the Dutch East India Company 1780-94. He was a career merchant, but unusual in having a classical education and training as a physician. His impact in Japan was enormous, but he left disappointed in the ability of the country to embrace change. After many years in Java, India and China, he came to London, and then settled in Paris where he devoted himself to compiling translations of prime Japanese texts. It is one of the most exciting anthologies of the period and reveals the almost unknown world of eighteenth-century Japan, discussing politics, history, poetry and rituals. The Illustrations of Japan appeared posthumously in 1821-1822 in English, French and Dutch. This fully annotated edition makes the original English version available for the first time in nearly two centuries

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISBN: 9780700717200
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203099858
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 13:54
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4250

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