The Capital of the Tycoon; A Narrative of a Three Years Residence in Japan. with Maps & Numerous Illustrations in Chromolithography & on Wood. in Two Volumes Volume 2

The Capital of the Tycoon; A Narrative of a Three Years Residence in Japan. with Maps & Numerous Illustrations in Chromolithography & on Wood. in Two Volumes Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...of social poverty and conservative tradition, a perpetual infancy of the arts in unchanging antithesis with the everlasting luxuriance of nature.' It would be really difficult to give any more perfect or accurate description of Japan than this epitome of the characteristics of Andorre and its conservative race; except that being a larger country, with a population of millions instead of thousands, they have developed more material wealth. How the little republic has preserved its insular liberties intact, wedged in between two of the greatest Powers in Europe, amidst the general wreck of small kingdoms by 'the growth of empires and the violence of power, ' is scarcely a greater marvel than the long-maintained conservatism and isolation of Japan. But the hour seems approaching when even this Japanese stronghold of mediaeval and feudal institutions must disappear before the ever-advancing tide of European invasion and civilisation. It may well happen that the Andorrians will still preserve their antique freedom and feudal tenure, when the waves of revolution and change shall have swept over the Japanese soil, obliterating the very landmarks of their past history; for Andorre is still fast locked in its mountain barriers, and has little to tempt the cupidity of the great. It has nothing to tempt the restless energy either of missionaries or merchants, while Japan, less fortunately situated in this respect, is on the great highway of nations, the coveted of Russia, --so many believe--the most absorbing, if not the most aggressive of all the Powers; and a perpetual temptation alike to merchant and to missionary, who each in different directions, finding the feudalism and spirit of isolation barriers in their path, will not cease to batter them in...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504461
  • 9781236504463