1837. Item #90343
(BIBLE - JAPAN). YOHANE FUKUIN NO DEN [GOSPEL OF SAINT JOHN IN JAPANESE] Shingapôru: Kenka Shoin zôhan, 1837. Translated by the Britsh missionary Karl Friedrich August Gutzlaff (1803 -1851)between 1835-1836 at Macao, with the assistance of three shipwrecked Japanese sailors who taught him Japanese, one of whom, Yamamoto Otokichi, helped with the translation. It was printed in Singapore at the Mission Press, entirely in Katakana, in 1837. 27.5 x 18 cm. Title leaf + 60 double leaves side-sewn wih knotted paper ties, in Japanese style, in plain paper wrappers. Front wrap is chipped; and the back wrap is missing. There is a light dampstain to the bottom third of the bookblock throughout, and a few pages are heavily foxed. Housed in a custom, clasped chitsu case. A scarce book, there are only 16 copies extant between OCLC First Search and Asian libraries. (Darlow and Moule, 5742).