Only a few months after its publication Kirishitan Bunko 吉利支丹 文庫 had been sold out so that a new edition has become necessary. Again, a good many discoveries regarding the Jesuit Mission Press in Japan have been made since, and a considerable number of works on the Kirishitan キリシタン period in various Japanese libraries have come to light. Consequently, a new edition of Kirishitan Bunko 吉利支丹文庫 must necessarily take account of these facts. It seemed preferable to reprint the text of the first edition in facsimle and add a supplement so as to bring it up to date. The new items are arranged in such a way as not to interfere with the general plan of the book, and for this reason the new works have been inserted where they belong chronologically, the old numbers being retained but marked with the symbols a, b, c, etc. To enable the readers of the first edition to avail themselves of the new materials, the supplement has been printed as a separate pamphlet. In this way the first edition can be supplemented without any great financial sacrifice, and quotations may be given equally well according to either edition without causing the least confusion.
A bibliography of the anti-Christian literature is in preparation, and it is hoped that it will meet with the same favorable reception as that of the Christian sources of the Kirishitan キリシタン period. Father Hubert Cieslik, S.J., has been working for years on this bibliography, but it will probably last some time before it can appear in print.