Commerce with China and with Barbarian Countries

JAPAN NISHIKAWA Joken

Publication Date: 1708
Soft cover
From Bauman Rare Books (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since July 29, 2014 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Association Member: ABAA

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 9,800.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 10.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

NISHIKAWA, Joken. Zouho Kai Tsuushoukou [Commerce with China and with Barbarian Countries, Revised and Expanded]. No place, no publisher, [1708]. Five volumes bound as one. Octavo, 19th century three-quarter red morocco, original paper wrappers bound in. $9800.First edition of this early description of Japanese knowledge of the West, illustrated with some of the earliest Japanese images of Indians, the Dutch, Western ships, a map of the known world including the Americas (with California labeled as both an island and part of the continent), and a detailed map of China.Geographer, astronomer, and interpreter Nishikawa was a prolific writer in late 17th and early 18th century Japan, specializing in works about non-Japanese countries, and was very popular amongst traders and merchants. At the time this book was written, Japan was closed to foreigners by order of the Shogun, with the exception of two islands in Nagasaki harbor. Being from Nagasaki, Nishikawa had access to information about the non-Japanese world, and it was from his texts that many in Japan gained their chief knowledge of other countries. His works feature, for example, the earliest Japanese depictions of Westerners and Native Americans. This particular text is notable for containing the first Japanese account of Arabs, Islam, and the Ottoman Empire. It has early Japanese maps of both the world and Asia, each map measuring 10x8-1/2 inches. Volumes I and II deal with China, Volume III with Korea, the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Taiwan, and other islands in the vicinity, and Volumes IV and V deal with Europe and the rest of the world, and include lists of products traded with each nation. In 1695, Nishikawa came out with a two volume text, Joken. Kai Tsuushoukou, which proved so popular that in 1708 he came out with this, a greatly expanded text, to which he added the word "Zouho" ["Revised and Expanded"]. OCLC lists only a few copies in the United States [Yale, Brigham Young, U. Minnesota]. Text in Japanese, with okurigana. Some wormholes to margins, not affecting text or pictures. English descriptions in pencil for several illustrations. A near-fine copy of a rare Japanese work. Bookseller Inventory # 54003

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Commerce with China and with Barbarian ...

Publication Date: 1708

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: First Edition.

Store Description

We are a rare bookseller based in Philadelphia, with stores in New York, and Las Vegas. If you would like to contact us about any of our books listed on the site, please use the 'Contact the bookseller' link on the listing page.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Association Member Members of these associations are committed to maintaining the highest standards. They vouch for the authenticity of all items offered for sale. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience.
Terms of Sale:

If you have questions or would like to request an image of a book via email, please contact us using the 'Contact the bookseller' link. 1. We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and check. 2. All items are subject to prior sale. 3. All items are guaranteed as described. 4. Any item ordered through ABE may be returned within 30 days of the Estimated Delivery Date if unsatisfactory for any reason. (Notification requested prior to return.) 5. Shipping and insurance charges are add...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Bank/Wire Transfer