Nankyoku Tanken Sen Kainanmaru â€“ Nomura Naokichi Sencho Kokaiki
The Antarctic Expedition of the â€śKainan-Maruâ€ť â€“
The Voyage of Captain Naokichi Normua
By Committee for publishing the voyages of Captain Naokichi Normura
Tokyo, Seizando Shoten, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, April 17, 2012. 8vo â€“ 21.6 cm. [vii], 181pp.; (1), 1pp publisherâ€™s advertisement. 7 black-and-white maps including cartographic end paper maps, numerous tables and charts, 9 black-and-white photographic images, 1 full-page drawing of the â€śKainan-Maruâ€ť, 38 color reproductions of watercolor renderings on 23 pages with 11 full-page; burgundy ribbon guard. Photographic image on dust jacket of the â€śKainan-Maruâ€ť and crew of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition; white textured boards with black lettering, spine in black and two tones of gray with black-and-white lettering on spine and cover.
A very well produced book with Japanese text and numerous illustrations related to the diary of Naokichi Nomura, captain of the â€śKainan-Maruâ€ť of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition. Nomura was truly the unsung hero of the JAE having navigated the underpowered â€śKainan-Maruâ€ť through the dangerous Southern Ocean during the Japanese Antarctic Expeditionâ€™s two voyages into the high southern latitutes between 1910 and 1912. Nomuraâ€™s diary contains detailed notes as well as an abundance of elegant and highly descriptive watercolor renderings that illustrate key points of the JAE. This publication does an excellent job with a faithful reproduction and presentation of 38 watercolor renderings â€” 11 in full-page format.