Sladen's travels in Japan, Illustrated, London, 1893
SLADEN, DOUGLAS. The Japs at Home. By Douglas Sladen. With Numerous Illustrations. Third Edition. Hutchinson & Co. 34, Paternoster Row, London, MDCCCXCIII  Octavo, 19.5 x 21.3 x 3.6cm. $40.00
Douglas Sladen 1856-1947, author, born in London, scholar of Trinity College, Oxford, was in Australia 1879-1884, Univ. of Melbourne LL.B. 1882. He travelled much and settled in London as a writer. Sladen wrote many travel books, novels and anthologies. We offer his The Japs at Home, an account of his travels in Japan from December 1st through July 6th (1891-92?). He says of the book: "In my months of wandering about the streets and lanes of Japan, I kodaked with camera and pen a few phases of Japanese life, which I here present that you may see The Japs at Home as I saw them... Whatever struck me as interesting or amusing I noted down on the pad affixed to the top of my kodak-case,--an addition all kodakers should have... I have not wittingly asserted anything which is not a fact, and when I make an unsupported assertion only state it as my impression. The sojourner among a secretive people cannot easily do more..."--from "To the Reader."
Bound pictorial cloth in black, blues & tans: "The cover represents a geisha (singing girl) returning by night, in her riksha, along the banks of the Sumida-gawa, the river of Tokyo..." Cloth is soiled, spine ends tattered and chipping away--1cm at top and .5cm at bottom, corners bumped, small oval library blind stamp on title & other pages, small oval gray rubber library stamp on verso of title and other pages, old hand lettered paper library tag at bottom of spine, nice piece of gray acid free paper pasted over removed library bookplate on front paste-down endpapers, hand written library card & pocket on rear paste-down endpaper with one check-out from 1929, accession number written on verso of title, gray-green floral decorated endpapers, pages tanned some.
Pagination: (2) press opinions, (1) half-title, (1) books by the author, (1) title, (1) blank, (1) dedication, (1) note re cover, (1) to the reader, (1) blank, [ix]-x contents, [xi]-xii list of illustrations, 1-339pp, (1) blank; (4) ads--books by Sladen, 1-8 ads Messrs. Hutchinson's Preliminary List of Spring Announcements.
12 full page plates from photos including the frontispiece, with protective tissues all present; 41 smaller illustrations printed in text. (17908)
19th Century Books, Japan, Japanese, Travel & Exploration, Australian author, Illustrated Books