The First Lines of English Grammar
By Goold Brown, Osaka, Osaka Bookselling Company, 1885
Brown's Small Grammar Improved. The First Lines of English Grammar; Being a Brief Abstract of the Author's Larger Work, The "Institutes of English Grammar," Designed for Young Learners, A New and Revised Edition Arranged to Form a Series of Language Lessons with Exercises in Analysis and Parsing and Construction by Henry Kiddle, A. M., Osaka, Osaka Bookselling Company, Meiji 18 (1885), 12mo (5 1/8 x 7 1/2 in - 13 x 19.2 cm), entirely in English except for a Japanese language colophon and three pages following the colophon, white printed paper covered cardboard boards, leather spine covering, text printed using metal type, no illustrations, 156 pp. The title page of the book states the year 1885 and the colophon states the same date (Meiji 18). A copyright date of 1882 by William Wood & Company, New York, is stated on the page behind the title page. Numerous printings of this book were made starting in 1823. They were generally published in New York by William Wood. A later (1887) Osaka printing by Daitokuan has been reported. This book is an example of how Japan was eagerly embracing Western language, culture and technology in the years during the Meiji restoration.