Pompe van Meerdervoort, J.L.C.
Vijf jaren in Japan. (1857-1863.). Bijdragen tot de kennis van het Japansche keizerrijk en zijne bevolking. 2 vols. Leiden, Van den Heuvell & Van Santen, 1867.
2 vols.: XII 335, VI 357 pp. With two tinted lithographed titlepages, a large folding map of Japan and 10 handcoloured lithographed plates with Japanese costumes. Cont. morocco, with the original chromolithographed covers included. Light wear at the corners, else a very good copy of his rare publication on Japan. Added a manusript index of family names. Around 1850 the Tokugawa government decided to strengthen its national defense and invited naval officers and technicians to Nagasaki. One of them was J.L.C. Pompe van Meerdervoort (1829-1908), a naval surgeon from the Netherlands. He was asked by the Japanese authorities to establish a new system of medical education in Nagasaki, which resulted in the founding of a modern hospital and a medical school (now the Medical School of Nagasaki University). His achievements and the important role he played in the modernization of Japanese medicine are highly esteemed in Japan. Pompe van Meerdervoorts memoirs describe the changing international situation in East Asia, his medical activities and many other observations on the Japanese society in the middle of the nineteenth century.
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