Griffis. Dux Christus: An Outline Study of Japan (1904)

Griffis. Dux Christus: An Outline Study of Japan (1904)

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Griffis, William Elliot. Dux Christus: An Outline Study of Japan. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904. First Edition. [7627]

Blue cloth with dark blue titles, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, xii., 296 clean pp., tight. Each leaf interspersed with a blank for note-taking, in this copy these leaves are clean. No dj. Very good. Hardcover.

A history of Japan with attention paid to her religions, culture, women, and Christian missionary work. Each chapter ends with translations to English of Japanese literature on the chapter's subject.

Includes a list of 21 missionary periodicals dealing with Japan and Protestant missionary statistics for the year 1898.

William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928), b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. Winter Park, Florida. After serving in the Civil War Griffis attended Rutgers in 1865, where he tutored Taro Kusakabe, the first Japanese graduate of Rutgers. Five years later Griffis received an invitation organize schools and to teach English and science in Japan (1870-1874). During this period he became friends with many of the future national leaders of Japan.

He authored several books that became important sources for Western missionaries. He was awarded several honors by the Japanese government for his work. Upon his return to the United States he was pastor of several Congregational and Reformed churches in the northeast. He became a prolific writer and traveler, authoring books on Japan, Korea, European history, as well as on American history and heroes.

"Dr. Griffis was widely known in America as an authoritative writer and lecturer on Japan, and in Japan as an educator who helped the Japanese adapt themselves to Occidental civilization...He went to Japan in 1870 and in the next four years organized the first public schools on the west coast of Japan. He was said to have been the last foreigner who, as a guest in a daimio's castle, saw the feudal system of Japan in actual operation. Many of his pupils of that period are now or have been among the leading men of modern Japan as Ambassadors, Judges, statesmen and scientific men." - New York Times obituary, Feb. 6, 1928.