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[Adams (William]

THE ORIGINAL LETTERS OF THE ENGLISH PILOT, WILLIAM ADAMS.

Written from Japan Between A.D. 1611 and 1617:

Published: Japan Gazette” Office, Yokohama, 1896

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Reprinted from the Papers of the Hakluyt Society.

78 pages, bound in quarter brown leather with marbled paper sides with the original grey paper wrappers bound in. Bookplate and signature of T.M. Hocken on the front endpapers. Hocken’s signature also appears on the front wrapper and title page.

A newspaper cutting of a letter by Hocken to the Japan Herald, dated Yokohama, Nov. 2nd.1901, discusses his plans to raise funds for the restoration of Adam's grave '...on the summit of that hill behind Yokohama'. He subscribes five Yen to start the appeal.

'William Adams (24 September 1564 - 16 May 1620), known in Japanese as Anjin Miura (三浦按針: "the pilot of Miura"), was an English navigator who travelled to Japan becoming the first ever Western Samurai.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Adams_(sailor)

This edition is reprinted from Memorials of the Empire of Japan, Hakluyt Society, London 1850.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (200 x 135 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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