Presumed first printing of the first edition, 1899. Printed at the Edinburgh Press and presumed bound in England. Oxblood buckram binding, with fairly crisp copper-stamped lettering and design to the front board and to the spine. A clean and well-preserved binding. Gently bumped and lightly abraded spine head and tail, and corners. Text block firmly bound in but note that there is a crack between the signature ending on page 176 and the signature beginning on page 177. Also with faint tidewater mark the size of a half-penny at top margin of both those pages, not into the text. 9.x 6 inches. With xx and 300 numbered pages of text, plus 28 illustrations, several of which are full-page monochrome plates. At the rear, opposite page 292, a fold-out color map of China and Japan, the map in superb condition. Previous owner name and year date in a neat ink hand to the half title page. Else a very clean copy. Gently read. A Very Good copy. Somewhat scarce with the map intact. This book was issued as part of the publisher's series, The Imperial Interest Library.