A Japanese and English dictionary and English Japanese dictionary...Third edition. M. D. Hepburn, LL. D., ames, urtis.
A Japanese and English dictionary and English Japanese dictionary...Third edition

With a printed dust jacket

A Japanese and English dictionary and English Japanese dictionary...Third edition

Tokyo, Yokohama, [et al.]: Z. P. Maruya & Co., Ltd., 1886. Third and best edition; 8vo, pp. [2], xxxiii, [1], 962, [2]; parallel title in Japanese, sectional title at leaf 97-2 (Part Second. English and Japanese Dictionary, containg the most important English words, with numerous examples); text in double column, original quarter brown morocco, gilt-lettered spine; joints cracked; a good copy, but retaining the original and clearly very rare (if not unique) canvas dust jacket printed in red; old Japanese ticket of Sheishibunsha, printer, copperplater and binder, Tokyo, on front pastedown. The dust jacket, never seen by any Japanese dealer or librarian that I've consulted, is unusual in that it is a jacket of Western design and distinctly different from the Japanese fukuro (sleeve or sheath) often seeen on 19th-century Japanese books. I can't say this is the first Western-designed jacket made in the East but it certainly has to rank as among the earliest extant. The front panel repeats the design of the title page but within a ruled border with fleurs-de-lys in the corners, and the spine, with red rules simulating spine bands, is in 5 compartments, with red lettering printed in 3. The inside of the jacket contains pockets of marbled paper into which the covers of the dictionary are meant to slip. The dictionary itself is arranged phonetically according to the Roman alphabet, followed by the pronunciation in Katakana and the Chinese characters. With the exception of Medhurst's small vocabulary issued at Batavia in 1830, Hepburn's work was the first true Japanese - English dictionary (first edition 1867) to be sold in Japan. In the third edition, published in 1886, Hepburn adopted a new system for romanization of the Japanese language developed by the Society for the Romanization of the Japanese Alphabet (R majikai). This system is widely known as the Hepburn romanization because Hepburn's dictionary popularized it. This is Hepburn's final text. Later editions were mere reprints. Hepburn (1815-1911), an American Presbyterian medical missionary, was among the earliest in Japan after the opening of its borders in 1859, and subsequently became one of Japan's leading citizens, operating for many years a dispensary, and playing a prominent role in medical education there. He also compiled a dictionary, the first comprehensive Japanese-English dictionary by a westerner, and a standard work for better than 50 years. It was first published in Shanghai by the American Missionary Press in 1867. Zaunmuller cites the 1903 [i.e. seventh] edition only; no copy of any edition in Cordell. Item #46796

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