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Kumno Zui Taisei Kyûkôdô
Kyoto, [1789]. Illustrated encyclopedia for young people. 21 parts in 10 (all publ.). 8vo. Text in Japanese with 150 wood-engravings. Original blue stiff stitched paper wrappers. Contained in a nice recent drop back box with copied illustrations from the book.* A nice example of an early Japanese encyclopedia, first published in 1666, with about 1,500 identifiable subjects, including the human body, agriculture, hunting, fishing, quadrupeds, birds, fishes, snakes, shells, insects, vegetables, fruits, trees, herbs and flowers. In fact, the vast majority is on natural history subjects. The wood engravings are of a great artistic quality and very well-preserved. Formerly owned by Rudolph von Willemoes-Suhm (1847-1875), who wrote an English translation of the title and some more notes in German, dated Osaka, Mai 1875. Willemoes-Suhm was one of the scientists on board the famous Challenger Expedition (1873-1876). He died of erysipelas about four months after his visit to Osaka when the Challenger was sailing from Hawaii to Tahiti, and was buried at sea.
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