Outdoor Games by F. W. Strange The first English book on sport published in Japan
Very scarce book written by Frederick William Strange (1853-1889), who is credited with being the first to introduce competitive rowing to Japan as well as popularising other sports and exercise. He came to Japan in 1875 and worked at a school that was to become The University of Tokyo. He also encouraged good sportsmanship amongst the Japanese. Although Strange died suddenly at just 35 years old from a heart ailment, he made quite an impression in Japan and there is a memorial to him on one of the university campuses in Tokyo.
Tokio [Tokyo]. Z.P. Maruya & Co. 1883.
iii, ii, 55pp. 18.8 x 13.5cm.
In very good condition. Covers a bit worn and slightly darkened at edge. Internally very good. Inside front and rear covers a bit browned probably to type of paper used. Previous owner's inscription, 'This little book belong [sic] to K. Yamada. 1883 of Cristean [Christian] era'.