This is a Japanese textbook for learning the English language, titled Graduated Reading, lessons in English. Originally published in Hong Kong by James Legge in 1864, this is a reprint from Edo (Tokyo) in 1867.
The book features 200 lessons, each progressing in difficulty. An English passage is featured at the top of the page, with the Japanese/Chinese translation below it. Japan's push to educate students in foreign languages was a direct response to the arrival of U.S. Admiral Matthew C. Perry's warships in 1853, which prompted Japan to end its tradition of isolation.
A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies these books.
The cover of this book is stained and worn, but the interior pages are all mostly intact. The binding is strong as well, though it has likely been replaced. There is minor worming on the first few pages.
Japanese books are read right to left (instead of left to right) and are bound on the right side, contrary to those in Western languages. The pages may be double layered, and care must be taken to ensure that they do not separate when flipping through.
Keep these books pristine: they MUST be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and out of reach of bugs!