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Lindley Murray. - [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, without title label. Thoroughly annotated by a bored student on the covers, inside and out, the first blank and half title, at the very end and the back blank; clean from the title page on. What a canny colleague called evocative and still rather good. ¶ 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. Note that the book opens right to left.
AUD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 301.75 US$ 320.99 | £UK 262.5 | JP¥ 47620] Book number 11070

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