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Yakuhin oshu roku.[Osaka], Oyobi, Bunsei 9 [= 1826]. 16.6 x 7.7 cm. Printed from 19 woodblocks (one for each double-page) on washi paper. With the text in kanji and katakana Japanese characters. Bound in traditional Japanese style in the original publisher's woodblock-printed paper wrappers, with a flower design. Kept in a modern blue cloth folder.
- KVK & WorldCat (1 copy); Nihon kosho tsushin 74 (2009), no. 7, p. 36; Shiboruto to Nihon, no. 150; not in Von Hünersdorff. Very rare first and only edition of a small pharmacopoeia by Philipp Franz von Siebold, translated into Japanese by his student Ko Ryosai from Siebold's Dutch dictation, the only pharmacopoeia produced in Japan until 1886. After the title and a brief introduction on the first four pages, it lists 75 drugs and other medicinal preparations, each in a single column with a brief explanation. It also discusses the effects of the use of various medicines and the treatment of various ailments. It includes coffee, which was previously unknown in Japan. It serves as an important primary source for both the introduction of Western medical knowledge into Japan and for Siebold's teaching methods and his relations with his Japanese students. It probably had a small press run, for it was intended primarily for Siebold to present to physicians and others whom he met during his voyage. In very good condition, with only 2 tiny bits of paper stuck to the margins of the last page. The wrapper is slightly rubbed, with parts of the title-label lost, but still in good condition.
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