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KATSU, Ju (Chinese name: HUA, Shou)
Title at beginning of text: Jushikei Hakki [trans.: Expression of the Fourteen Meridians]; [alternate title on first leaf of first Preface]: Shinkan Jushikeiraku Hakki [trans.: Newly Edited Expression of the Fourteen Meridians]
1625. 16 full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 69 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. Large 8vo, orig. orange wrappers (rubbed & a little tired, some browning), new stitching. From the colophon: Kyoto: Baiju, 1625. The second of the three editions of Katsu's Jushikei Hakki to be printed by moveable type in Japan; all are of the greatest rarity and none are located in WorldCat. These editions (1618, our edition of 1625, and 1631) mark the first appearances of Katsu's important text on acupuncture in Japan and are important examples of the new technology imported from Korea. The three editions are all printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. "The earliest surviving books printed [in Korea] with movable type date from the late fourteenth century...During the invasion of the Korean peninsula undertaken by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the closing years of the sixteenth century...large numbers of printed books were looted, and printing type was removed from the Printing Office and taken to Japan...It appears that Korean type was immediately put to use to printed the text of the...Kobun kokyo (Classic of Filial Piety) in 1593, although no copies of this appear to have survived. In 1597, in the postface to another work printed in Japan with movable type, a monk who was present at Hideyoshi's headquarters acknowledged that typography in Japan had come from Korea. It was not clear whether any Korean printing artisans came to Japan as well as a result of the invasion, but in any even the impact on Japan of Korean typography, both technologically and intellectually, w … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc. [U.S.A.]
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