--This is a collection of letters (held in the institutions mentioned below) sent by Frederick Victor Dickins, a pioneer British scholar of Japanese literature, to Ernest Mason Satow, Kumagusu Minakata and other correspondents, with the addition of five letters written by him and published in The Times between 28 February 1880 and 10 May 1904.
72 letters to Ernest Mason Satow in the National Archives in London
49 letters to Kumagusu Minakata in the Minakata Kumagusu Archives in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
6 letters to Sir Harry Parkes and others in the Jardine Matheson Archives at the University Library, Cambridge
--All letters are transcribed from the original manuscripts with full Japanese translations.
--Based on the editors’ thorough research, detailed annotations and introductions are added in both English and Japanese which provides scholars and students with valuable information on the early days of Japanese studies in England.