Lists of Chinese and Japanese emperors, c 1690.
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Engraving of the names of Chinese and Japanese emperors and of some of their titles. From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692, where he asembled a large collection. On returning to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of the country in the Genroku period (1688-1704).