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[BECKER, JOSEPH ERNEST DE]: - The Nightless City, or the "History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku", by an English Student of Sociology. Yokohama, Z.P. Maruya & Co. Ltd., 1899.

Pp. (vi), iv, (2), 441, (3), xix, (3). With 20 plates including 9 coloured, of which 7 folding beautiful chromolithographs, and many textual illustrations. Publisher's pictorial red cloth, tooled in gilt, spine slightly faded, recased. Bookplate. Occasionally some light staining. First edition of this informative work about the Yoshiwara ("pleasure") district of Edo (Tokyo). The author was an English lawyer who came to Japan in 1887. He assumed Japanese nationality and after a few years set up legal practices in Yokohama and Kobe. This controversial and comprehensive work describes the "Red Light" district of Tokyo and its organization, manners, ceremonies as well as its medical aspects and legal constraints. Not in Cordier. Nipponalia (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) 1067. Wenckstern ii, 341.
EUR 1400.00 [Appr.: US$ 1591.15 | £UK 1266 | JPą 180019] Book number 35111

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