Item description for The Court Journey to the Shogun of Japan: From a private account by Jan Cock Blomhoff by Matthi Forrer, Fifi Effert, F.R. Effert & M. Forrer...
From 1641 onwards, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) held exclusive trading rights with Japan. A staff of some twelve to fifteen men was based at Deshima, a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbour. The Dutch Chief or Opperhoofd was required to make an annual journey to the court of the shogun in Edo (present-day Tokyo). He bore tribute and provided the shogun with information on such topics as the progress of Western sciences and the state of the world. The 'Opperhoofd' Jan Cock Blomhoff (1779-1853) made his fourth journey to Edo in 1818. In addition to the official diary he kept during this journey, Blomhoff also maintained correspondence with his wife in Holland. This hitherto unpublished material is a major source of knowledge on Tokugawa Japan. It offers details about Blomhoff's travels and contains numerous references to the objects he acquired. Many of these pieces are reproduced in the book (18 colour and 50 b/w illustrations), along with other documents such as maps. A Dutch language edition is available.
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Studio: KIT Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.92" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.61" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher KIT Publishers
ISBN 9074822185 ISBN13 9789074822183
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More About Matthi Forrer, Fifi Effert, F.R. Effert & M. Forrer
MATTHI FORRER is a curator for Japanese Arts at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is the author of numerous books on Hokusai and Japanese art.