General Compilations

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Primary Sources in English on Tokugawa and Meiji Japan
General Compilations

de Bary, William Theodore. Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume 2: 1600 to 2000. New York:

Columbia University Press, 2005.

Huffman, James. Modern Japan: A History in Documents. New York: Oxford University Press,


Lu, David. Sources of Japanese History. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. (2 Volumes)

Livingston, Jon. Imperial Japan, 1800-1945. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.

Meiji Japan Through Contemporary Sources. Tokyo: Centre for East Asian Cultural Studies,

1969-1972. (3 Volumes)

Intellectual and Cultural History

Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900. New York: Columbia University

Press, 2002.

Kawasumi Tetsuo. Bunmei Kaika to Eigaku [Civilization and Enlightenment and English

Studies]. Tokyo: Taishukan Shoten, 1998. (In Japanese with some English documents)

Keene, Donald. Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1963.

Meiroku Zasshi: Journal of the Japanese Enlightenment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,

Legal and Economic History

Henderson, Dan Fenno. Village “Contracts” in Tokugawa Japan: Fifty Specimens with English

Translations and Comments. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975.

Itō Hirobumi. Commentaries on the Constitution of the Empire of Japan. Tokyo: Igirisu-Hōritsu

Gakko, 1889.

McLaren, W. W. Laws, etc: Japanese Government Documents, 1867-1889. Tokyo: Asiatic

Society of Japan, 1914.

Nagata, Mary Louise. Labor Contracts and Labor Relations in Early Modern Central Japan.

London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005.

Walthall, Anne. Peasant Uprisings in Japan: A Critical Anthology of Peasant Histories.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Wigmore, John Henry. Law and Justice in Tokugawa Japan: Materials for the History of

Japanese Law and Justice under the Tokugawa Shogunate 1603-1867. Tokyo: Kokusai

Bunka Shinkokai, 1967-1986. (W)(19 Volumes)


Batchelor, John. Ainu Life and Lore: Echoes of a Departing Race. Tokyo: Kyobunkwan, 1927.

Batchelor, John. The Ainu of Japan: The Religion, Superstitions, and General History of the

Hairy Aborigines of Japan. London: Religious Tract Society, 1892.

Batchelor, John. An Itinerary of Hokkaido, Japan. Chicago: Hakodate Chamber of Commerce,


Batchelor, John. Sea-girt Yezo: Glimpses at Missionary Work in North Japan. London: 1902.

Brooks in Hokkaido

Kreiner, Josef. Sources of Ryūkyūan History and Culture in European Collections. Munich:

Iudicium, 1996.

Langsdorff, G. H. von. Bemerkungen auf einer Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1803 bis 1807.

English Remarks and Observations on a Voyage around the World from 1803 to 1807.

Fairbanks: Alaska: Limestone Press, 1993.

Whittingham, Bernard. Notes on the Late Expedition against the Russian Settlements in Eastern

Siberia and of a Visit to Japan and to the Shores of Tartary, and of the Sea of Okhostk. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856.
Print Culture

Garakuta Chinpō, 1879-1883 [The Japanese Comic Paper]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō, 2008. (7


Kitazawa Rakuten. Tōkyō Pakku, 1905-1912 [Tokyo Puck]. Tokyo: Ryūkei Shosha, 1985-2000.

Shimizu Isao. Manga Zasshi Hakubutsukan. Tokyo: Kokusho Kankōkai, 1986-1987. (12


The Japan Times: Front Page 1897 – 1997. Tokyo: Japan Times, 1997.

Woodblock Prints at the Fine Arts Library and the Sackler Museum

Japanese in the West

Duus, Peter. The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents. Boston:

Bedford Books, 1997.

Japan and Harvard University—papers stored at the Harvard University Archives

Kume Kunitake. The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-73: A True Account of the Ambassador

Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary’s Journeys of Observation Through the United States

and Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2002.
Visual Sources

E. G. Stillman Japanese Collection at VIA


Felice Beato Japanese Collection at VIA

A Good Type Exhibition at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Japanese Historical Maps Database at University of California Berkeley

Nagasaki University Collection

Samuel Jacobsen Photography Collection


Woodblock Print Collection at the Sackler Museum

Westerners in Japan

Adams, William. East Meets West: The Log Book of William Adams and Other Manuscript and

Rare Printed Material from the Bodleian Library. Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1997.

Allahabad, A. M. A Yoshiwara Episode: Fred Wilson’s Fate. A. H. Wheeler, 1894.

Ballagh, Margaret Tate Kinnear. Glimpses of Old Japan, 1861-1866. Tokyo: Methodist

Publishing House, 1908.

Beechey, Frederick William. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's strait, to Co-

operate with the Polar Expeditions. London: H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1831.

Benyowsky, Maurice Auguste, comte de. Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de

Benyowsky. Dublin: William Porter, 1790.

Bickersteth, Samuel. Life and Letters of Edward Bickersteth, Bishop of South Tokyo. London:

Sampson Low, Marston, 1899.

Bird, Isabella L. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels in the Interior including

Visits to the Aborigines of Yezo and the Shrine of Nikko. London: John Murray, 1880.

Blomhoff, Jan Cock. The Court journey to the Shōgun of Japan: From a Private Account.

Leiden: Hotei Publishing, c2000.

Broughton, William Robert. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean. New York: Da

Capo Press, 1967.

Caron, François. A True Description of the Mighty Kingdoms of Japan and Siam. London:

Samuel Broun and John de l'Ecluse, 1663.

Cocks, Richard. Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory in Japan, 1615-

1622. London: The Hakluyt Society, 1883.

Cole, Allan Burnett. Yankee Surveyors in the Shogun’s Seas: Records of the United States

Surveying Expedition to the North Pacific Ocean, 1853-1856. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.

Crocker, Antoinette. Frank Woodbridge Cheney: Two Years in China and Japan, 1859-1861.

Worcester: Davis Press, 1970.

De Fonblanque, Edward Barrington. Niphon and Pe-che-li: Two years in Japan and Northern

China. London: Saunders, Otley and Company, 1862.

Dutch trade in Asia, 1800-1835: Papers of Hendrik Doeff on Japan and the East Indies.

Amsterdam: Moran Micropublications, 2006.

East India Company Factory Records: Sources from the British Library. Marlborough: Adam

Matthew Publications, 2005. (141 Microfilm Rolls)

Farrington, Anthony. The English Factory in Japan, 1613-1623. London: The British Library,


Fortune, Robert. Yedo and Peking: A Narrative of a Journey to the Capitals of Japan and China.

London: John Murray, 1863.

Galvão, António. The Discoveries of the World, from their First Original unto the Year of Our

Lord 1555. London: The Hakluyt Society, 1862.

Golovnin, Vasiliĭ Mikhaĭlovich. Japan and the Japanese: Comprising the Narrative of a

Captivity in Japan, and an Account of British Commercial Intercourse with that Country. London: H. Colburn and Company, 1853.

Golovnin, Vasiliĭ Mikhaĭlovich. Memoirs of a Captivity in Japan, during the Years 1811,1812,

and 1813. London: H. Colburn and Company, 1824.

Golovnin, Vasiliĭ Mikhaĭlovich. Recollections of Japan: Comprising a Particular Account of the

Religion, Language, Government, Laws and Manners of the People with Observations on the Geography, Climate, Population and Productions of the Country. London: H. Colburn and Company, 1819.

Gordon, M. L. An American Missionary in Japan. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1892.

Great Britain Public Record Office. Calendar of State Papers. Colonial Series Preserved in the

Public Record Office, Volume 2 to 4: East Indies, China and Japan, 1513/1616-1622/1624.

London: Longman, 1869.

Griffis, William Elliot. The Mikado’s Empire. New York: Harper, 1876.

Hakluyt, Richard. Hakluyt’s Voyages. New York: Viking Press, 1965.

Harris, Townsend. The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris, First American Consul and

Minister to Japan. Rutland: C.E. Tuttle Company, 1959.

Heco, Joseph. The Narrative of a Japanese: What He Has Seen and the People He Has Met in

the Course of the Last Forty Years. Yokohama: Yokohama Printing and Publishing Company, 1892.

Heine, Wilhelm. With Perry to Japan: A Memoir. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.

Japan Through Western Eyes: Manuscript Records of Traders, Travellers, Missionaries, and

Diplomats, 1853-1941. Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 1995. (177 Microfilm Reels)

Heard (Hurd) Family Papers 1754-1898. Baker Business Library, Historical Collections,

Harvard University. Call number Mss: 766 1754-1898. (After the Harris Treaties, the

Augustine Heard and Company opened branch offices in Japanese treaty ports such as

Yokohama, Nagasaki, and Kobe. The letters from company agents in the Japanese treaty

ports detail such things as the tea market, selling steam ships to the Shogun, plans for

foreign settlements in the ports, exchange rates, and the use of Chinese merchants in

business transactions because of their familiarity with Japanese language and customs.)

Heusken, Henry C. J. Japan Journal, 1855-1861. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press,


Hildreth, Richard. Japan As It Was And Is. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1855.

Kruzenshtern, Ivan Fedorovich. Voyage Round the World in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, and

1806. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968.

Letters of John Henry and Emma Wigmore: Japan, October 13, 1889 - December 8, 1892.

Harvard Law School Special Collections. (2 Volumes)

Letters Written by the English Residents in Japan, 1611-1623. Tokyo: The Sankōsha, 1900.

Longfellow, Charles Appleton. Twenty Months in Japan, 1871-1873. Cambridge: Friends of the

Longfellow House, 1998.

Lowder, Frederick. Conversations in Japanese and English: Compiled for the Use of Visitors

and Residents. Yokohama: “Japan Times” Office, 1867.

MacDonald, Ranald. Ranald MacDonald: The Narrative of his Early Life on the Columbia under

the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Regime, of his Experiences in the Pacific Whale Fishery,

and of his Great Adventure to Japan, 1824-1894. Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press,


Montanus, Arnoldus. Atlas Japannensis: Being Remarkable Addresses by Way of Embassy from

the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Emperor of Japan. London: T. Johnson, 1670.

Moran, J. F. The Japanese and the Jesuits: Alessandro Valignano in Sixteenth-Century Japan.

New York: Routledge, 1993.

Morejon, Pedro. A Briefe Relation of the Persecution in the Kingdome of Japonia, 1619. Ilkley:

Scholar Press, 1974.

Moxon, Joseph. A Brief Discourse of a Passage by the North-Pole to Japan and China. London:

Printed for Joseph Moxon, 1674.

Nebeker, Gordon Alston. An American Trading Company in Bakumatsu Japan: Problems

Political, Procedural, and Monetary. Honors Thesis at Harvard University, 1970.

Nishimura. Shotaro. English and Japanese Mercantile Conversations: Especially Adapted for

Practical Use in Training Business Men. Yokohama: 1888.

Oliphant, Laurence. Narrative of the Earl of Elgin’s Mission to China and Japan in the Years

1857, ’58, ’59. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Perry, Matthew C. The Japan Expedition, 1852-1854: The Personal Journal of Commodore

Matthew C. Perry. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1968.

Perry, Matthew C. Narrative of the Expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and

Japan. New York: D. Appleton, 1856.

Preble, George Henry. The Opening of Japan: A Diary of Discovery in the Far East. Norman:

University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.

Pumpelly, Raphael. My Reminiscences. New York: H. Holt, 1918.

Purchas, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimage, or, Relations of the world and the religions obserued

in all ages and places discouered, from the Creation vnto this present: in foure partes.

London: William Stansby, 1613.

Rundall, Thomas. Memorials of the Empire of Japon in the XVI and XVII Centuries. New York:

B. Franklin, 1963.

Saris, John. The Voyage of Captain John Saris to Japan, 1613. Bristol: Ganesha Publishing,


Seibold, Philipp Franz von. Fauna Japonica. Lugduni Batavorum: Auctorem, 1838. (in Latin)

Seibold, Philipp Franz von. Flora Japonica. Lugduni Batavorum: Auctorem, 1835. (in Latin)

Seibold, Philipp Franz von. Manners and Customs of the Japanese in the Nineteenth Century.

London: John Murray, 1841.

Smith, Kerry. Augustine Heard and Company in Japan, 1859-1869. Honors Thesis at Harvard

University, 1985.

Spalding, J. Willett. Japan and Around the World: An Account of Three Visits to the Japanese

Empire. New York: Redfield, 1855.

Taylor, Bayard. A Visit to India, China, and Japan in the Year 1853. New York, G. P. Putnam

and Company, 1855.

Thunberg, Carl Peter. Travels in Europe, Africa and Asia Made Between the Years 1770 and

1779. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1795.

Titsingh, Isaac. Cerémonies Uistées au Japon or Illustrations of Japan: Consisting of Private

Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Reigning Dynasty of the Djogouns, or Sovereigns of Japan.

London: R. Ackermann, 1822.

Tomes, Robert. The Americans in Japan: An Abridgment of the Government Narrative of the U.

S. Expedition to Japan under Commodore Perry. New York: D. Appleton, 1857.

Velde, Paul van der and Rudolf Bachofner. The Deshima Diaries: Marginalia, 1700-1740.

Tokyo: Japan-Netherlands Institute, 1992.

Weston, Walter. A Wayfarer in Unfamiliar Japan. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926.

Willes, Richard. England and Japan: The First Known Account of Japan in English, 1577. Kobe:

J. L. Thompson, 1928.

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