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Rangaku Kaitei [trans.: Introduction to the - OTSUKI, Gentaku - 1788. 
32 folded leaves; 31 folded leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. N.p.: 1788. First edition of Otsuki's highly important introduction to Dutch language and studies; it is the first primer on Dutch studies published in Japan. Gentaku Otsuki (1757-1827), studied Dutch medicine under Gempaku Sugita and learned Dutch from Ryotaku Maeno. Entering the service of the Date family, lords of Sendai, he set up the Shirando (a school), where his followers included Sokichi Hashimoto, Sampaku Inamura, Saisuke Yamamura, and others. During the Bunka era (1804-1818), Otsuki studied astronomy on orders from the shogunate, and translated Chomel's encyclopedia under the title Kosei shimpen. The Rangaku kaitei is organized in two volumes and 25 chapters. Volume I gives a brief description of the history and background of Dutch studies, while Volume II is divided into sections entitled Letters, Numbers and Measures, Rhyme, Phonology, Rhetoric, Exegesis, Interpretation, Translation of Words, Translation of Texts, Explanation of Terms, Synonyms, Idioms, Auxiliary Particles, Punctuation, Bibliography, and Explication, with brief descriptions of each topic. While the work was intended for beginners and is far from complete, it gained wide acceptance as a systematic grammar of Dutch, and greatly stimulated interest in this language among the general public. Fine set.
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