“A Famous Set of Commentaries”

Japanese title: Ruikei [&] Zuyoku [&] Fuyoku; in Chinese with Japanese reading marks: Lei jing [&] Tu yi [&] Fu yi; [Illustrated Appendix to the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon Arranged by Topic].

Many full-page woodcuts. 32 parts in 30 vols.; 11 parts in 8 vols.; 4 parts in 2 vols. Total: 40 vols. (complete). Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (some wear & rubbing, occasional worming to covers), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (some defective or worn away), new stitching. [Japan]: Prefaces dated 1624.

First edition, complete with the additional 11 parts of the illustrations and four parts of Addenda. Zhang (1563-1640), a native of Shaoxing, was a physician during the Ming dynasty and the “author of a famous set of commentaries [the present work] on the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic.”-Yi-Li Wu, “The Gendered Medical Iconography of the Golden Mirror…” in Lo & Barrett, eds., Imagining Chinese Medicine, p. 113. His writings on acupuncture in the present work are systematic and important.

“The Lei jing constitutes a revised edition of the contents of the Su Wen and the Ling shu, rearranged according to the topical categories…this book has divided the contents of the Su Wen and of the Ling shu into the following sequence of topical categories: 1. Nourishment of life. 2. Yin yang. 3. Condition of the depots and their outer signs. 4. Pulse and complexion. 5. Conduits and network vessels. 6. Tips and roots. 7. Qi and flavor. 8. Therapies. 9. Illnesses. 10. Needling. 11. [Five] Periods and [Six] Qi. 12. Summary of different views. Altogether the books consists of 390 paragraphs, with an appendix including the Tu yi in 11 juan and the Fu yi in 4 juan. Even though it was unavoidable that the original text was severely cut, the [new] order makes sense, and lends itself to easy consultation. The comments are quite illuminating too.”–Paul U. Unschuld, quoting the Si ku quan shu zong mu ti yao in Huang di nei jing su wen (2003), p. 68.

“The content of juan [parts] 3 to 11 mainly relates to acu-moxa. The whole text contains over 50 illustrations (not including tables) with most concentrated in juan 3 and 4. They comprise the following woodblock print charts:
–whole body channel and network vessels;
–segments of the body with their acu-moxa point locations;
–the viscera and bowels;
–charts of the Neijing;
–facial diagnosis;
–the nine needles.
The illustrations are innovative in one respect. Whereas the limbs were normally drawn in outline and the acu-moxa point terms placed on top or linked with a line to the text, in Leijing tuyi the skeletal structure is also revealed. Four charts are notable for this feature: those of the three Hand Yin channels, the three Hand Yang channels, the three Foot Yin channels, and the three Foot Yang channels. While the focus is not on the anatomical structure of the body for its own sake, it is an effect that gives extra clarity to the location of the acupoints.”–Wang Shumin & Gabriel Fuentes, “Chinese Medical Illustration: Chronologies and Categories,” in Lo & Barrett, eds., Imagining Chinese Medicine, p. 45.

Nice set, preserved in four chitsu. A few volumes have some minor staining and wormholes.

❧ Needham & Lu, Celestial Lancets, pp. 19, 30, 31, 33, 49, 94, 144, & 277. Unschuld, Medicine in China. A History of Ideas (2010), pp. 220-22.

Price: $15,000.00

Item ID: 6923