There is a growing interest in the French Japonism movement of the late nineteenth century, and academic research in the subject is developing in both quantity and quality. However, much of this scholarly activity is confined to the area of art history and, apart from some work on leading authors like Pierre Loti or Judith Gautier, very little scholarship has emerged from the field of French literature. Indeed, many works produced by popular French authors during this period have long been forgotten, even in France.
Addressing the absence of source material for those studying such Japonism literature in France, this is the second part of the series to reprint in facsimile format the French popular novels with Japan or Japanese as their main topic during the époque of Japonism from the end of the nineteenth century to early twentieth century. The second set reprints five works published in the first decade of the twentieth century. Many illustrations and plates including some in colour are reproduced as in the original first editions.