Japan and the Edinburgh Publishers

  • Toshio Yokoyama
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In the late autumn of 1858, a letter and a manuscript arrived at 45 George Street, Edinburgh, the offices of William Blackwood & Sons, the publishers of the popular ‘High Tory’ monthly, Blackwood’s Magazine. It came from HMS Furious at Shanghai, dated 20 September, and the sender was Captain Sherard Osborn (1822–75) of the Royal Navy:

Sir, I beg to place at your disposal, on the usual terms for articles in your Magazine, the enclosed papers upon our recent visit to the Japanese Empire and the city of Yedo &c. Should they suit you please to kindly put yourself in communication with my sister Mrs Ashington, The Rectory, Anwick, Lincolnshire, or otherwise return them to me.1


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    See Mrs Gerald Porter, Annals of a Publishing House, John Blackwood, (Edinburgh and London, 1898).Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    S. Osborn, ‘A Cruise in Japanese Waters’, Blackw., vol. lxxxiv (1858), pp. 635–46.Google Scholar
  3. 14.
    S. Osborn, ‘A Cruise in Japanese Waters’ [hereafter contracted to ‘Cruise’] Blackw., vol. lxxxv (1860), p. 394.Google Scholar

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© Toshio Yokoyama 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshio Yokoyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Kyoto UniversityJapan

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