The Scottish doctor Henry Faulds (1843-1930) is best remembered for his role in the history of fingerprinting. His strong religious faith had first led him to missionary work in India and then, from 1874, in Japan. He worked there as a surgeon in the mission hospital at Tsukiji, near Tokyo, where he also established a medical school and a school for the blind. It was his discovery of the impressions of thumbprints on ancient Japanese pottery which led to his development of a fingerprinting system and his championing of it as a forensic tool. The present work, part-travelogue, part-journal, was first published in 1885. It remains an engaging account of Japanese life, customs, geography and natural history, interwoven with discussions of topics such as education, language, and the future of the country. There are characterful line drawings throughout. Faulds' Dactylography (1912) is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia
02 July 2015
Professional and scholarly
Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. First impressions of Yokohama; 3. A run on the Tokio railway; 4. Street scenes; 5. Life in Tokio; 6. A consultation in the hills; 7. A consultation in the hills (cont.); 8. Mitake San; 9. Pilgrimage to Fugi the peerless; 10. Pilgrimage to Fugi the peerless (cont.); 11. In a cottage by the sea; 12. Trip to the tomb of Iyeyasu; 13. Nagasaki and the inland sea; 14. Ten days on the Tokaido; 15. Japanese philosophy of flowers; 16. The language of Nipon; 17. Schools; 18. A glimpse of the land of neglected education; 19. My garden and its guests; 20. Japanese art in relation to nature; 21. The philosophy of heaven and earth in a nutshell; 22. Homes of the people; 23. How the Japanese amuse themselves; 24. Japanese manners and customs, negative and positive; 25. General survey.