The Nightless City : or, The " History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku..
Yokahama: 1899. 1st Edition. Illustrated with colour ( some fold- out ) and monochrome plates. 12mo. Gilt titled brown cloth.
The delicious depiction of 19th century Japanese prostitution, noted for its staggering coloured plates.
Front cover detaching, rear cover starting with obvious prior repairs, 2 plates paginated incorrectly, Bottom half of Title Page ( just below copyright notice on verso ) has obviously been repaired/replaced with paper pastedown, Prologue - pages I and II was obviously, at sometime, trimmed short with loss of text which has been replaced with a paper pastedown inscribed in ink with the missing text. This transcription also runs over to the top of the TOC - page III. The is also a similar pastedown to the 3rd paragraph of page I with 5 words of text transcribed in ink.. Usual edgewear to one folding plate trimmed long ( not affecting image ) and edgewear to one monochrome plate trimmed - long resulting in crease to caption. Offset and darkening to Kappore No.1. Whew ...got all that.? This is, in short, a Good to Very Good copy of the extremely rare 1st Edition - with all plates present in bright and relatively crisp condition.