Sapporo, Japan: N.P. 1915. 5 1/8” x 7 3/8”. String tied wrappers. pp. 22 + 10 photographically illustrated plates, two plates of colored charts interspersed as well as a final leaf in Japanese. Near fine with some toning at wrapper extremities.
This is a photo book which tells the story of the founding of the College of Agriculture at Tohoku Imperial University, as well as the impact of Americans on the college as well as the city of Sapporo. According to the book, it was “organized and developed by American teachers, but always for Japan and Japanese.” It also credits American influence for the growth of Sapporo: “the streets were marked out wide and straight, many of the buildings were substantial structures of American pattern . . . and the whole section became in effect an experiment station for American civilization.” According to one historian, early graduates of the school were integral in modernizing Japan. Images include buildings around campus, a farm, and experimental field and internal views of the school.
OCLC locates 13 copies over three entries.
A lovely copy of a fragile publication.
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