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Jushikei Hakki [trans.: Expression of the Fourteen Meridians]
16 full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 69 folded leaves. Three parts in one. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (somewhat soiled & rubbed, extremities of wrappers frayed, small hole in first leaf touching two characters), new stitching. Kyoto: Gonbei Yoshinoya, 1709. An early and very rare Japanese edition of one of the most important Chinese texts on acupuncture. Katsu "was a Chinese physician whose years are uncertain but who lived prior to the time of the Ming dynasty. He wrote a book on the introduction of the moxa system into Japan from China, the original Japanese edition of which was published in 1684 with the title Jushikei (or Jushikyo) hakki [Mestler is in error here; there were earlier editions]…A theoretical discussion, by Katsu, chiefly on acupuncture but equally applicable to moxa, not on how to cure but on the more fundamental nature of the subject, comprised the first part of that work. The first part discussed the fundamental belief of the Chinese and Japanese in a relationship between the internal organs and their diseases, and curative treatment for them at specific sites on the outside of the body. The second part, written by an unknown co-author, was subtitled Juishikei ketsu chi-ho and gave practical instruction. Several illustrations in this work show relationships between moxa or acupuncture sites and specific internal organs (e.g. between the hands and the lungs). Two drawings are especially interesting as showing external measurements of the human body, anterior and posterior aspects, referring to differences between lean and fat individuals and the influence of aging."-Mestler, "A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books With Miscellaneous Notes on Early Medicine in Japan. Part II. Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Bathing, Balneotherapy and Massage. Nursing, Pediatrics and Hygiene. Obstetrics and Gynecology," pp. 473-74. The sixteen full-page woodcut illustrations explain the centers for acupuncture. The text, in three parts or volumes, concerns Yin and Yang through the arms and legs; circulation of the breath of life through the fourteen meridians; and the eight vital blood vessels. This edition has four prefaces, the first of which is dated 1528 and the fourth 1341. WorldCat locates no copies of this edition. This book was issued as part of a larger series with the general title of Ika shichibu sho (or Ikei sokaishu) [trans.: Medical Texts in Seven Parts] (the title-leaf of this series is used as the front paste-down endpaper). Each part was independently issued. Very good copy. A few leaves with minor stains and there is some marginal worming. There are some annotations in black ink in the margins by a contemporary reader who has also added some Japanese reading marks in red ink.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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