Leiden. Printed by Sythoff. 1868. Stock ID #142757
348 + pp, 19th century half leather binding with modern leather spine, cloth boards little marked, cloth tape along hinges, some wear at edges, upper corner of half title clipped, some occasional pencilled annotations and a little soiling, early 20th century signature front free endpaper. A good copy. Although Johann Joseph Hoffmann (February 16, 1805 - January 23, 1878) had intended a career on the stage after a chance meeting with Philipp Franz von Siebold his life completely changed. His meeting with von Siebold led him into the field of East Asian languages and within a few years he had become proficient enough to translate von Siebold's Nippon. The excellence of his translatons attracted attention and he was appointed Japanese translator by the Dutch colonial minister. He was appointed Professor at Leiden and had received the order of the Netherlands Lion. A modest man who was not inclined to draw attention to himself or his work these accolades came late in his career. (Wikipedia) The Dutch edition of this work was published the previous year, in 1867. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142757).