First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and a black illustration and titles to the upper board. All edges yellow. Illustrated throughout with black and white line drawings. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth with a few marks and a little rubbed to the corners. The contents, with offsetting to the endpapers and first and last pages, are otherwise clean throughout and without stamps or insciptions.
An intriguing, whimsical story about an unconventional Japanese princess, who, finding herself in Europe, charms the people there. Written by a member of the wealthy Orlebar family of Hinwick House, Bedforshire, at the height of the European craze for Japanese goods and culture after the forced ending of Japan's 220 year period of national seclusion in 1854, which opened trade to the west. The tale offers an insight into the European beliefs about and stereotypes of Japanese people and culture at the time, which here include romantic ideas of purity, innocence, and goodness, as well as implied assumptions of unsophistication and ignorance.
Stock code: 20695