A beautifully illustrated Japanese-to-English primer from 1887
These charming vignettes come from a Japanese woodcut by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi” or “A Fashionable Melange of English Words.” Created in 1887, it shows an activity or object for each word (with the occasional misspelling). The entire piece is shown at the end in high resolution in case you'd like to download and peruse it. The original artwork lives in the Library of Congress.
I love the insouciant cat! And of course the person writing. Which ones strike your fancy?