A Japanese and English Dictionary
with an English and Japanese Index
By J. C. Hepburn. Commentary by Hajime Kimura.
1 vol. 720pp.
Size: 182 × 257 mm.
Publication year: December, 2012
Text: Romanized Japanese and English
The seminal Japanese to English dictionary that provided the model for all that followed, Hepburn’s A Japanese and English Dictionary was Japan’s most influential wordbook of the nineteenth century. This volume is a faithful reproduction of the first edition―published in London and held in the collection of Meiji Gakuin University―with the addition of fourteen pages of expert commentary.
Following its initial release, A Japanese and English Dictionary was subsequently expanded and reprinted in second and third editions to reflect developments in Japanese as the nation modernized, covering transformation of the language through three important eras in Japan’s history: the closing years of the Tokugawa regime, the early Meiji period, and the formation of a modern nation state.
With this first edition serving as the foundation, the dictionary was subsequently revised to varying degrees up to a ninth and final version in 1910. The emergence of numerous counterfeit versions was another indicator of the enormous demand for A Japanese and English Dictionary.