Title: 1933 - An Official Guide to Japan
Publisher: Japanese Government Railways, Tokyo
Publication Date: 1933
Binding: Original Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
1933, ccx, 506pp, 36 specially drawn maps 10 illustrations and 14 plans, many colour and folding. Plans. Tokyo: The Japanese Government Railways, 1933. Small 8vo. 506 pages. Cover worn; spine faded; repairs to torn cloth on spine; contents clean and tight with no poorly folded maps. Numerous beautiful illustrations including Hiroshige woodcuts on the end papers. A great, exhaustive & fascinating guide to Pre WWII Japan prior to the confligration that would change the country in so many ways. With 36 specially drawn color foldout maps, 10 illus.,14 plans & beautiful endpaper paintings by Hiroshiga. Besides covering every aspect of Japanese life, culture, industry,art, attractions in every region of the country etc, the book affords a marvelous window into the Japanese self view of the period. The first map is of the "Japanese Empire," the accompanying text speaks proudly of how Japan raised itself from a 'feudal'nation to an empire virtually overnight & much other lore that makes this an interesting historical document as well as time-warp travel guide. Bookseller Inventory # 9263
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