Illus. from photographs & drawings. White cloth lettered in black. First Edition. NY: Harper's, 1893.
By the 1890's, Japan was moving into the "modern era," with as many new questions as answers to traditions in upheaval. The author writes in the preface, "Old men are content to marry in accordance with the old customs, but young men with to marry in the foreign way, making their own choice of a wife, yet without any moral restraint, although they breathe the air of new thought imported from Christian countries...See a lady: she is walking proudly, like a man, with a man's shoes, and a foreign bonnet with the wrong side in front...Nine out of ten ladies in Japan obey their husbands not joyfully, but unwillingly, just like the people of an absolute monarchy..." A fascinating guide to the dawning of a new day in Japan. Some soiling to cloth, else very good.