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Título: Collecting japanese books in Europe from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries
Palabras clave: Historia
Editorial: Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Descripción: Europeans began collecting Japanese books during the so-called Christian century , but after the expulsion of the missionaries in the middle of the seventeenth century the Dutch presence on Deshima became the only conduit for the acquisition of Japanese books. Engelbert Kaempfer, Isaac Titsingh and later Philipp Franz von Siebold were the three main employees of the Dutch East India Company who used their precious opportunity of visiting Japan to acquire Japanese books out of scholarly interest. The only other source of Japanese books in Europe was the steady flow of Japanese castaways who reached European Russia via Kamchatka; these included the famous Daikokuya Kôdayû, and many of them seem to have had books with them; it was from these castaways that Julius Klaproth was able to learn some Japanese and acquire his first Japanese books. After the 1850s it became easier to acquire Japanese books and the expatriate communities in the treaty ports grew larger. Subsequent collectors can be divided into three types: those who never visited Japan but were greatly interested and in some cases learnt much of the language, like Léon de Rosny and Antelmo Severini; residents of Japan who mastered Japanese and used their books for their study, like Ernest Satow and Karl Florenz; and visitors who knew no Japanese but were drawn particularly by the illustrations in block-printed books, like Sergei Kitaev and Feliks Jasienski. It is thanks to the collecting activities of these various individuals that European libraries possess such superb collections of pre-modern Japanese books.
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