Tokyo: Togo Gensui Publishing Society, 1937. Hardcover. Quarto size, 432 pp. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Item #14100304
Marshall-Admiral Marquis Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934) was a gensui (or admiral) of the fleet in the Imperial Japanese Navy and one of Japan's greatest naval heroes. He was termed by Western journalists as "the Nelson of the East", after Horatio Nelson, the British admiral who defeated the French and Spanish at Trafalgar. Born into a samurai family, Togo enrolled in the Japanese navy at the age of 16; he subsequently studied naval science in England for seven years, during which time he circumnagivated the world, returning to Japan in 1878. Serving again in the Imperial Japanese Navy, he rose to fame through skill and daring, eventually earning honors never bestowed on anyone outside of the Imperial family. It is interesting that he kept his journals in English, and was made a Member of the British Order of Merit by King Edward VII in 1906. Published three years after his death, this book is an homage to Togo by artists, politicians and even the Imperial family, both from Japan as well as other countries.
___DESCRIPTION: Silver and black marbled paper boards with gilt decorations and lettering on front, back, and spine; title on the cover of the book is "Admiral Togo, The Hero of the World, A Memoir", top edge gilt, plain endpapers, tissue guard over title page. Entire book is printed in English. Title page is followed by: 21 color prints by various Japanese artists of mostly nature, a portrait of the Admiral, and some battle scenes; 8 Autographical Tributes from Celebrities (in Japanese) on two plates; a section (ca. 30 pages) of black and white vintage photographs of the Admiral in various settings, at various ages, as well as scenes of his state funeral and resting place; an Introduction by Count Y. Yanagisawa; a Foreword by Dr. Kazutoshi Uyeda; the Table of Contents (where pagination begins); followed by 347 pages of text about his life including a Chronological Sketch and a final section of eulogies by the Emperor and notables both at home and abroad. Final page is a colophon that states this is "A Revised and Enlarged Edition" published on April 1, 1937. Pagination: (i-lxxx), 1-4, 1-347, (348). The dust jacket is of very heavy paper stock, dark gold in color with all printing in dark green, decoration on the front of an eagle which mirrors the front of the book; the jacket is not clipped although no price is printed.
___CONDITION: The book is overall in very good++ condition; the text block is strong and square, the hinges are solid, the interior is clean and bright, the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings. There is some overall edgewear particularly to the foot of the spine, and the fore- and bottom edges of the text block are foxed. The tissue guards over the prints are all present, the guard over the title page shows some wear. The unclipped dust jacket is also very good++, there are a few closed tears, the longest approximately one and a half inches where the back panel meets the rear flap at the top and some wear to the head and tail of the spine; there is also the remnants of an inked name written at the bottom of the front of the jacket, and the first name has been blotted.
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