Jugaku Bunsho: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON IN JAPAN FROM 1878 TO 1935. Kyoto, 1947. xx, 70 pp. Portrait frontispiece and 1 plate. Printed on fine Japanese paper. 21x15 cm. Boards, paper label.
GBP 60.00
Author's presentation copy. Limited to 500 copies, of which 100 were presented to Emerson's grandson, Edward Waldo Forbes, who financed the project. Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the earliest foreign influences on the intellectual activity of Japan after the Meiji Restoration. Baron Naibu Kanda is regarded as having the distinction of being Emerson's first Japanese disciple. The Baron encountered the Sage of Concord during his time at Amherst College. When he returned to Japan in 1879, Kanda was appointed instructor of the Preparatory School for Tokyo University - a position which gave him ample opportunity to introduce Emerson to a young and receptive audience. Bunsho Jugaku's bibliography is still regarded in Japan as a milestone in English studies. The text includes a preliminary essay and a bibliography of 228 items - books, newspapers and journals - with lengthy annotations and an index. It is illustrated with a portrait frontispiece and a pen sketch by Kensaburo Okamoto of Emerson's grave. The author notes that, whilst the manuscript was ready for publication in 1936, it was seriously delayed by the climate of 'strong anti-Anglo-Saxon bias' in Japan during the war years. The book ends with the rather poignant colophon, 'Printed in occupied Japan'.
Subjects: Bibliography
Item 421 in List 204.
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