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Description - Japan Extolled and Decried by C.P. Thunberg

This edition makes available once again Thunberg's extraordinary writings on Japan, complete with illustrations, a full introduction and annotations. Carl Peter Thunberg, pupil and successor of Linnaeus - of the great fathers of modern science - spent eighteen fascinating months in the notoriously inaccessible Japan in 1775-1776, and this is his story.

Thunberg studied at Uppsala University in Sweden where he was a favourite student of the great Linnaeus, father of modern scientific classification. He determined to travel the world and enlisted as a physician with the Dutch East India Company. He arrived in Japan in the summer of 1775 and stayed for eighteen months. He observed Japan widely, and travelled to Edo (modern Tokyo) where he became friends with the shogun's private physician, Katsuragawa Hoshu, a fine Scholar and a notorious rake. They maintained a correspondence even after Thunberg had returned to his homeland. Thunberg's 'Travels' appeared in English in 1795 and until now has never been reprinted.

Fully annotated and introduced by Timon Screech.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415515368
ISBN-10: 041551536X
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 330
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - C.P. Thunberg

Timon Screech is reader in the History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where he has taught since 1991. He is the author of numerous books on the culture of the Edo period in both Japanese and English.

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