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- [Eigo Kaitei] An English Spelling-Book, with reading lessons, for beginners at the school Kaiseidzio in Yedo. First edition.

Yedo. The 2. year of Kei-ou. (Tokyo, 1866). 18x12cm publisher's wrapper with printed label (grubby with a piece from a bottom corner and plenty of brushed scribble). Outside the condition is what a canny colleague called evocative; inside surprisingly good after that introduction. ¶ The first English spelling book published in Japan according to Ishihara Chisato who announced in 1980 ( Lindley Murray [Eigo Kaitei and Lindley Murray's Spelling Book] ) that it is a slightly modified version of Part I of Murray's 'An English Spelling Book' from a copy of the 45th edition (Baudry, Paris 1839) then owned by the Tokugawa government school. With all of these handy lessons for beginners in a new language I wonder how any Japanese learnt enough English to hold a sensible conversation about anything. Worldcat only found, for me, Kyoto U's 1867 reprint without the name of the school.
AUD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 322.5 US$ 339.85 | £UK 276.5 | JP¥ 45646] Book number 10959

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