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SEIKEI ZUSETSU: ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF AGRICULTURE. [Woodblock-illustrated & Printe
Osaka 1793, Hanfu Shorin. Stitched yellow stiff wrs.,30 vol.. set, 19.7 x 26.5 cm., title slips,contained in 2 indigo-blue. Chitsu cloth folding cases, bone clasps, books are clean, a. few dusty covers, contents bright. FIRST EDITION RARE !. A STUNNING & COMPREHENSIVE BOTANICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA This superb and copious work was initiated in Kansei 5 [1793] by order of Shimazu Shigehide [1745-1833], the Daimyo of Satsuma, i.e. the Feudal Lord [Tycoon]. This area is now called Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu. The work was edited by Soh, Han, [aka: by his "studio" or "go" name: Soh Senshun 1758-1834]. . Lord of Shimazu ordered a comprehensive illustrated encyclopedic treatise on agriculture and agricultural botany. The work had an ambitious task, to list every known plant in Japan, with drawings of a large number of examples. Though the original plan was to make this work in 100 volumes, due to fire and other catastrophes, it only went to 30 volumes in all. * EDITORS: The work was edited by Soh Senshun [So Han] & Shirao Kokuchu. *** DISASTER DURING THE COMPLIATION OF THIS WORK: This work was to be the greatest work of botany every published, but was interrupted twice by fire. never progressed beyond the 30 volumes. The work suffered two fires in 1806, and again in 1829. These fires destroyed a great number of the book's woodcut blocks, along with a large number of printed pages stored in a warehouse which burned to the ground. It dealt with agricultural botany, and a few wild food plants. *** THE INCLUSION OF SOME FOREIGN GRAINS & CORN: The work is nicely described & illustrated in Bartlett [see below] as exhibit 33. Figure 29 shows four pages from this work. It also included a bizarre and unusual form of American Indian Maize [i.e. corn] from the new world, known in Japan as Mamekibi. It also shows two other foreign grains: Tobiki or T'ang millet, and Namban millet from the land of the Portuguese or "Southern Barbarians." Also Koma-kibi a Korean millet from the old name Koma for Korea. . The corn was fried in a pan to make "pop-corn" an early record of this kind of usage and food. It may even predate the American usage of corn. *** The contents also deals with the agricultural ceremonies and festivals, planting and tending crops, surveying, irrigation, flood control, farm implements, verities of rice ad various agricultural products. . This famous, stunning and copious work remains one of the most important botanicals ever done in Japan, and is considered one of the most comprehensive and reliable works ever done on the subject in Japan. *** EDITION: This is the FIRST & ONLY EDITION OF THE BOOK. This work was not reprinted nor issued serially, but issued as a set of 30 volumes complete in its one and only edition. *** CONDITION: The set is uniformly bound in stiff yellow stitched wrappers. The first volume covers are dusty front & back; vol.2 & 11 have some stains on the front covers, back covers clean. Vol.8 a bit of stain & spots to lower front cover, back cover clean. Else all other volumes are exceptionally clean both front and back converse as well as bright and clean contents, no worming or other issues. By and large a very nice set ! *** ALTERNATE PUBLISHERS: These are the alternate publishers: So-ya Kyubei and Iyo-ya Zenbei in Osaka. *** REFERENCE: KERLEN, H. CATALOGUE OF PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE BOOKS & MAPS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS, p.588-589, #1426 * BARTLETT, Harley H. JAPANESE BOTANY DURING THE PERIOD OF WOOD-BLOCK PRINTING, p.149, exhibit no.33, illustrated on a full page as figure 29. * This work cited: BIBLIOGRAPHY AND NATURAL HISTORY: Essays presented at a conference convened in June 1964, Lawrence, Kansas A speech delivered by U.C.L.A. Prof. Richard C. Rudolph: ILLUSTRATED BOTANICAL WORKS IN CHINA & JAPAN, Feb.1, 1967 used this among several others to illustrated his speech, two photos [illus08.jpg] are scanned and posted to our website, along with many others from this book. Both of these photos were taken from Bartlett p.150, figure 29. * KSM (Nogyo) hakubutsu 5-78-3 *** Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not always be the exact photo of the copy in stock for sale at any given time. If you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock today, please request this by email. . Photos of most of our books are posted to our .
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