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Hepburn, J[ames] C[urtis], M. D., LL. D.
A Japanese and English dictionary and English Japanese dictionary.Third edition
Z. P. Maruya & Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Yokohama, [et al.], 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 dict … [Click Below for Full Description]
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