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ENSEI IHO MEIBUTSU KOO or SHIKYOO IKOKU MEIBUTSU KOH: MATERICA MEDICA.
- [Edo 1822-1834, Suharaya]. Brown stitched wrs., very good, 36 volumes main text + 9 volumes supplement, entirely wood- block printed on hand-made paper, Illustrated with prints of medicinal plants & phamamcopeia, title slips. R A R E The complete set in 45 volumes. Some minor rubbing to the corners, edges, most title slips intact, numbered 1-36; the supplement 1-9, ca. 18 x 26 cm. This work outlined hundreds of useful plants and how to utilize them for medicine. * The book is important in its translation of technical terms from Dutch into Japanese." Therefore its apparent to this cataloger that the Udagawa author is one and the same person with an error in reading his given name. There are also some fascinatingillustrations from the Dutch that show experiments using glass beakers and some are connected to each other in a chemical process. There are also many pages of plant illustrations, each named. * WHO WAS UDAGAWA: Udagawa was distinguished by making and publishing Japan's first copper-etched anatomical atlas NAISHOO DOOHAN ZU in 1808. See G. Mestler pp.315-317 for details on this most important and famous of all Japanese medical works. Another entry on Mestler p.325 cites this current work. Udagawa was a successful physician and also a Rangaku-sha [Scholar of Dutch learning] who authored many important medical works in Japanese either inspired by or translated from from period Dutch medical resources. The current book is his 'Sui Generis' of his medical botanicals. A great set, with supplement, illustrates hundreds of plants and examples for prescription of medicine. * CONDITION: Seldom found complete if at all, an excellent example, minor light marginal stain on a few else quite clean. A fine resource and fascinating reference source. * BIBLIOGRAPHY: G. Mestler: INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN INFLUENCES IN PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE MEDICINE. * G. Mestler: A GALAXY OF OLD JAPANESE MEDICAL BOOKS, pp.315-317. * H. Bartlett: JAPANESE BOTANY DURING THE PERIOD OF WOOD-BLOCK PRINTING. This work is strangely not listed in Bartlett, but a very close relative is cited on p.549. He lists: UDAGAWA Yuan: SHOKUGAKU KEIGEN. RIGAKU NYUUMON: INTRODUCTORY STUDY OF BOTANY, [1833] which is a text showing the beginning of Western influence of illustrations of exotic plants copied from European books and the early use of Latin nomenclature, the appearance of Dutch or Malay common terms, see exhibit 111 & fig.102. One could easily speculate, that ENSEI IHO was actually written by Udagawa [one in the same] as was SHOKUGAKU KEIGEN. Bartlett states: ".the author is notable for his pioneering efforts in introducing European science & modes of instruction. A very closely related item to our copy. * Not listed in E. Merrill: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EASTERN ASIATIC BOTANY. * W. Whitney in his: NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF MEDICAL PROGRESS IN JAPAN. He cites Udagawa's given name as Yoan or Genshin [aka Shinsai]. Its apparent that a student of Dutch learning has renamed himself to be Joan or Yoan is a Japanese corruption of John or as pronounced in Dutch as Yo[h]an. Whitney cites several entries for information about him, as well as five of his books. All of which are of a botanical nature, covering materia medica and pharmacopoeia. * Please inquire with us as we may have a copies of the above bibliographies in stock for sale. * Scans can be sent by e-mail
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