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Otsuki Gentaku 大槻玄沢
RANGAKU KAITEI, 蘭学階梯 [INTRODUCTION TO THE DUTCH LANGUAGE]. (EDO, TENMEI, YEAR OF THE MONKEY) [1788]
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2,0003,000
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Otsuki Gentaku 大槻玄沢
RANGAKU KAITEI, 蘭学階梯 [INTRODUCTION TO THE DUTCH LANGUAGE]. (EDO, TENMEI, YEAR OF THE MONKEY) [1788]
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,250 GBP
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Otsuki Gentaku 大槻玄沢
RANGAKU KAITEI, 蘭学階梯 [INTRODUCTION TO THE DUTCH LANGUAGE]. (EDO, TENMEI, YEAR OF THE MONKEY) [1788]
FIRST EDITION, first issue, 2 volumes (225 x 157mm.), Japanese text, xylographic printing on mulberry paper, original covers and title-slips, preserved in a modern folding cloth case, stitching renewed, slight wear and stains to covers
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Literature

H. Kerlen, Catalogue of the Pre-Meiji Japanese Books and Maps in Public Collections in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1996, n.1311 (one copy located in European public collections); A. Horiuchi, L'apprentissage du hollandais au Japon (Education au Japon et en Chine, Paris, 2006, pp.77-97)

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A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST DUTCH GRAMMAR IN JAPANESE. THE FIRST JAPANESE PRINTED BOOK TO INCLUDE WESTERN CHARACTERS. Only one copy is recorded in a European public library.

Otsuki Gentaku (1757-1827) was a highly celebrated physician and the first Japanese scholar to have an outstanding reading knowledge of the Dutch language, who studied Dutch medicine under Sugita Genpaku and learned the Dutch language from Ryotaku Maeno. Otsuki opened the Shirando Academy in 1787 to teach and propagate Dutch language, culture, and medicine. He is considered a major pioneer, leading to the opening and modernization of Japan after about 250 years of self-imposed seclusion. A friend and admirer of Siebold (1796-1866), Otsuki Gentaku introduced several new terms into Japanese medicine, still in use today.

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