- Museum number
- Object: Komo zatsuwa 紅毛雑話 (A Miscellany on the Red-Hairs)
Illustrated book. Vol. 2 from a set of five volumes. Illustrated discussion of assorted things related to the Dutch, including the microscope, and things viewed through a lens, such as insects, flowers and seeds. Woodblock-printed. Cover embossed with Dutch words.
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Height: 22.30 centimetres
Width: 15.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
'Komo' (red-haired) was the term used by the Japanese during the Isolation for describing Dutchmen, in the belief that, like demons, they all had red hair. The text is edited by Morishima Churyo.
Boxer, C R, 'Jan Compagnie in Japan, 1600-1850', new edn., Oxford, 1969, pp. 113-15.
French, Calvin L, 'Shiba Kokan', New York, 1974.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.140 (Hillier no.)