Thomas, Winburn T. Protestant Beginnings in Japan: The First Three Decades, 1859-1889. Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1959. First Edition. 
Blue cloth, 6 x 8 1/2 inches, former missionary study library copy with white ink call numbers on spine, bookplate, card pocket, and a few ink stamps. 258 otherwise clean pp., tight. No dust jacket. Good. Hardcover.
This dissertation was originally presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Yale University in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The author was a missionary to Japan from 1933 to the beginning of WWII.
"The main purpose of this monograph is to record the principal features and analyze the progress of Protestantism in Japan between 1883 and 1889, the first years of rapid growth subsequent to Christianity's reintroduction. From 1859, when the pioneer Protestant missionaries arrived, until 1872, but few effects of their presence were to be seen...Beginning in 1883 Japanese Christians and missionaries reported that the difficulties experienced by the pioneers had been overcome..." - Introduction.