These comprehensive and attractive guides were compiled by the Imperial Government Railways of Japan. The project was started in 1909 by the then minister of communications Baron Goto. The idea was to produce a “A Japanese Baedeker” for Asia and this they did successfully replicating the quality and detail of the maps and information. They wanted to attract not only tourists but also “capitalists and business men”.
Korea is included in vol I (Manchuria and Chosen) and Hong-Kong in vol. IV ( China). Chapters on wrestling, dance, tea ceremonies and flower arranging are all included.
First edition. 4 vols, small 8vo (16 x 12 cm); pp.l xxxvi, 350, 19 maps and plans, cciv, 370, 15 maps and plans, x, 488 pp, 25 maps and plans, cxxiv, 414,  publisher’s advert inserted loose, xxx, 519, 26 maps and plans, a couple of maps detached (in vol I) , errata slip on p.360 vol III, numerous illustrations throughout, some in text and some full page, some coloured; publisher’s brown cloth gilt; overall all vols in superb condition.
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