Various formats and sizes. [Japan]: ca. 1787-96.
The Ogasawara School, founded in the 12th century, laid the foundations of etiquette for the aristocratic and samurai classes throughout Japan for many centuries. The school specialized in teaching horsemanship, archery, mounted archery, and samurai etiquette, on and off the battlefield. Over the centuries, the school transitioned itself to focus on a system of courtly manners, along with skills in archery for ceremonial rituals. The school continues today, supervised by the 31st generation leader, Kiyotada Ogasawara. The Imperial House of Japan uses Ogasawara etiquette.
This fascinating collection is made up of miniature models or samples of materials and objects required and used at formal Ogasawara events in the late 18th century, as well as a number of manuscript documents.
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Various formats and sizes. [Japan]: ca. 1787-96.
Many fine brush & black ink illus. in the text. 45 folding leaves. 8vo (245 x 170 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), old stitching. [Japan]: at end in trans.: “copied in 1807.”
We learn from the first leaf of the index at the beginning of this manuscript that this is a later copy of a unpublished manuscript by Hori (1725-62), a native of Kyoto, whose father was also a prominent physician. Hori began to lecture in 1758 but died early.
In this work, Hori provides a guide to finding pressure points for acupuncture based on bone measurement. Using bone length measurement for the measurement of...
Large thick 4to album (283 x 242 mm.), binding of modern silk. [Japan: early Edo, probably ca. 1700; recently remounted & bound].
The 36 mounted sheets in the album contain depictions of the 36 immortal poets (of which five are women), all with the calligraphy of Nobuyoshi Kuzuoka (1629-1717), a member of an aristocratic Kyoto family. He moved to Osaka to become an influential teacher of waka poetry and an important calligrapher.
Each poem has been written on square “poem cards” (shikishi), and each of our calligraphic specimens is illustrated. The other surviving calligraphic manuscripts of Kuzuoka on the same theme are not illustrated.
Nine folding leaves. 8vo (207 x 145 mm.), orig. wrappers (a little worn & frayed), new stitching. [Japan]: from the first & final page in trans.: “Information provided by Asaemon Shimizu near Imabari Castle [in today’s Ehime Prefecture]…on an auspicious day in September 1796.”
This rather slight manuscript is of considerable interest, as it lists 35 medical conditions, along with names of pressure points and methods of treatment. These illnesses include heart disease, skin problems, tumors, dental matters, throat and lung diseases, intestinal problems, reproductive issues, communicable diseases like cholera and gonorrhea, obstetrical problems, and diseases of children. There is an interesting section...
Two parts in one vol. 25, 13 folding leaves. 8vo (198 x 135 mm.), orig. wrappers (rubbed), old stitching. [Japan]: at the beginning of each part & on final leaf (in trans.): “Oyo [today, Nagoya] retired doctor Tokei [or] Tokoku Yoshida copied 6 June 1767.”
The first part provides a detailed explanation of the theory and practice of acupuncture, concentrating on 28 different ways to use the needle. At the end of this part, there is a most interesting discussion of Zi Wu Liu zhu [The Midnight-Noon Ebb-Flow Acupuncture Method], which is used as a theoretical guide to determine whether the meridian is open at a particular moment.
Two full-page brush & black ink illus. of the human body, front & back, with names of pressure points. 36 folding leaves. 8vo (247 x 172), orig. wrappers (wrappers rather worn & wormed, recased), new stitching. [Japan: late Edo].
Our manuscript is arranged by section of the body from head to foot, with a listing of about 120 pressure points and their meridians, allied organs, and related illnesses. There are precise instructions on how to locate each pressure point by measurement.
At the end is a list of 45 pressure points that should not be touched, followed by two full-page images of the body, front and back...
Many small brush & black ink drawings in the margins throughout. 111 folding leaves. 8vo (232 x 157 mm.), later patterned wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: (in trans.): “copied by Tanaka on 29 January 1830.”
The index on the first two pages describes the arrangement of the manuscript: by sections of the body. These include the upper section (head, eyes, nose, teeth, throat, and lungs), middle section (heart, abdomen, hips), and lower section (urinary tract, large intestine, rectum, and legs). This is followed by one page describing treatments, which are either fast-acting or long-term. There is a further division of treatments for women (including reproductive organs), children...
Four double-page color woodcut illus. 12 leaves. 8vo, orig. decorated wrappers, stitched as issued. [Japan: 1830-53].
First edition, and very rare, with no copy in WorldCat, of this ephemeral and beautifully illustrated example of kyoka poetry by Hiroshige. He was frequently engaged to illustrate kyoka collections and, as a poet of considerable talent, often made contributions to the text. The two selectors of the poems printed here are Shiseido Taijin and Daihoshiko Taijin.
The decorated wrappers incorporate plum flower motifs with the character of water in the center of each. The numerous poems are all concerned with mountain or water landscapes...
14 parts in 13 vols. Large 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (rubbed), new stitching. [Japan: 1648-52].
An early and rare edition of this highly influential commentary on the Tsurezuregusa [Notes from Leisure Hours] of Kenko Yoshida (ca. 1282-1350). Yoshida’s greatest masterpiece, it is a nonfictional prose work — zuihitsu — containing miscellaneous reflections and observations that continues to be read and loved today. “It can be said that Kenko discovered a couple of centuries before Montaigne that prose was the natural medium for conveying the motions of an inquiring, particularly a self-inquiring, mind. It is...
40 parts in 12 vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Liang yi tang, 1763.
A rare edition of this anthology of early Chinese writings, collected by Yu Han (766-824), “a major figure in the history of Chinese literature, comparable in stature to Dante, Shakespeare, or Goethe in their respective literary traditions. He was among that small group of writers whose works not only became classics of the language — required reading for all those with claims to literacy in succeeding generations — but whose writings redefine and change the course of the tradition itself. Although Han Yu is best-known as a....
Scroll (268 x 7390 mm.), endpaper at beginning with gold-flecked paper & on verso a rich silk brocade, carefully backed & strengthened. [Japan: ca. 1800].
Shokunin zukushi [“Pictures of People of Various Occupations”] is a theme in painting and illustration that became popular in early modern Japan. While highly esteemed for their artistic qualities, these illustrations are also a valuable record of the lives of early modern urban dwellers.
Our scroll contains 33 paintings of artisans: a street performer with musical accompanist, a storyteller, shishi mai [dancers to scare away evil spirits], saru hiki [man with a circus monkey], a caretaker and his caged uguisu...
68; 68; 75; 80; 66 folding leaves. Five vols. Oblong 8vo, orig. wrappers (rather tired & rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Yao Ichibei, 1692.
An early bibliography of Japanese printed books; essentially a Books in Print, it was the principal guide to the subject for two centuries. “By the middle of the seventeenth century the flood of publications was so great that there was a perceived need for information and guidance, and it was provided by the booksellers’ catalogues known as shojaku mokuroku.”–Kornicki, The Book in Japan, pp. 176-77. The first printed shojaku mokuroku appeared ca. 1666 and established the standard...
Ten columns, 20 characters per column. 34; 33; 42 folding leaves. 8vo (270 x 193 mm.), orig. pale brown wrappers (some relatively minor worming, mostly confined to the margins, but occasionally touching a character), new stitching. [Mount Hiei: before 1625].
A very rare movable type Eizan-ban; WorldCat and the Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books do not record a copy. Kawase knows only of another edition with 19 characters per column, dated mid-Kan’ei (1615-33) and printed at Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto.
Eizan-ban are books published at the Enryakuji monastery complex on Mount Hiei outside of Kyoto. “Eizan printing came into its own on a large scale...
61; 74 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo (268 x 190 mm.), orig. speckled wrappers (extremities somewhat worn), new stitching. Kyoto: late Edo or early Meiji.
The first two volumes (of, apparently, nine) of this invaluable — and unpublished — dictionary of herbal and medical terms by Boyo Yamamoto (1778-1859), a prominent Kyoto doctor and botanist and a direct disciple of Ono Ranzan (1729-1810), the famous professor of botany. The author of many botanical and herbal works, Yamamoto had a school — the Yamamoto Dokushoshitsu — where he taught herbal medicine. Yamamoto left a number of works in manuscript, of which this is one.
Our manuscript was clearly copied by a disciple as a work of reference. It starts with a Preface providing a biographical sketch of Yamamoto and an account of the genesis of this text. The text itself is written in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. Arranged by the number of kanji strokes, it includes very full definitions of and references to medicinal plants, minerals, and animals, along with diseases. Each defined word is provided with citations to other works of reference where the substance, medicine, or disease is fully discussed. Many of these reference works are Chinese.
12 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Tokyo: Shosanodo shoten, 1909.
First edition of the catalogue of a part of the library of the famous Shoheizaka Gakumonjo school, which was located in what is today Ueno Park. The school had its origins as a private Confucian temple, constructed by Razan Hayashi (1583-1657), but was turned into a state-run school under the direct control of the bakufu in 1797, following the Kansei Edict. The school, an official academy of the Tokugawa shogunate, produced many outstanding leaders.
The catalogue describes 64 titles printed in 667 volumes, chiefly devoted to Chinese studies, printed at the academy before its closure in 1871, following the Meiji Restoration. Title, number of volumes, author, and year are given. Tetsunosuke Tomita (1835-1916), the prominent banker and governor of Tokyo, found the woodblocks of these 64 publications and issued the present book to record their existence.
58; 67 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (wrappers somewhat discolored), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto?: Preface dated 1862.
An early and rare edition, greatly enlarged by Tetsujo Ugai, of this comprehensive bibliography of writings of the Buddhist sect Jodo Shinshu (also known as Shin Buddhism or True Pure Land Buddhism). It is today the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan.
This catalogue, which amounts to a bibliography, was originally compiled by Mon’no Ryorenji (1700-63), one of the most influential Buddhist scholars of the 18th century and 17th head of the Ryorenji Temple in...
Numerous finely detailed brush & ink illus. in the text, some heightened in red ink or gray wash. 45 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. 8vo (237 x 164 mm.), orig. patterned blue wrappers, manuscript title label on upper cover, new stitching. On final page (in trans.): “Copied in Kyoto in 1813.”
This richly illustrated manuscript is part of the Chinese tradition of skin-deep orthopedic therapies associated with waike, literally “external therapies.” Texts like ours therefore required numerous instructive illustrations of the structure of the skeleton, therapeutic methods, bone-setting, and orthopedic instruments.
There are several other surviving manuscript copies of this anonymous text (the one at Tokyo University Library is incomplete; there is another in the collection of the Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry in Gifu Prefecture). The author describes methods of deep massage and manipulations. He describes and names all 332 bones of the body, starting with the skull and ending with the feet. There are two magnificent views of the human skeleton — front and back. The author offers a number of case histories where he employed manipulations and/or deep massage therapies.
Nine double-page & 19 full-page illus. in fine brush & various colors of wash. 18 folding leaves & one page (the pasted-down endpaper). 8vo (272 x 197 mm.), orig. wrappers (each leaf finely backed with supporting paper, upper outer corner of lower wrapper renewed). [Japan]: mid-Edo.
A most handsomely illustrated manuscript depicting various scenes of joint manipulation to many parts of the body. The images are finely painted and in fresh bright condition.
Manipulative therapy has a long history in Japan. “Healing of the sick through rubbing of the body was known to the earliest Japanese physicians, who brought the art to a high state of development...
16 fine full-page brush & ink illus. 24 folding leaves. 8vo (243 x 169 mm.), orig. wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: late Edo.
A fascinating manuscript. Murai (1733-1815), was a member of one of the leading Japanese families specializing in surgery. A renowned Chinese lute player, he was physician to the Kumamoto fiefdom. Murai studied under Todo Yoshimasu (1702-73), one of the most innovative practitioners of his time. Both Yoshimasu and Murai were leaders in the development of Japanese “Kampo,” the study and transformation of traditional Chinese medicine in Japan, which began in the 7th century and slowly modified itself into its own unique system of...
Six parts in one vol. 86 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Nanjing: Jun yong tu shu she, 1933.
First edition of this scarce and excellent bibliography of Chinese military writings, arranged chronologically by dynasty from antiquity. Lu provides details on author, title, various editions, etc.
Very fine and fresh copy.
Forty parts in 12 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. At the beginning of each part: Cixi: Prefaces dates 1776 & 1788.
A valuable and influential dictionary of synonyms and antonyms in the Chinese language. Li, a native of Cixi, served as a magistrate in Wangjiang County. Originally published in 39 parts, this edition has the valuable supplement — the 40th part — by Huai Guan, painter and librarian, who lived in Hangzhou, near Cixi.
This is an encyclopedic work, encompassing synonyms and antonyms in all disciplines, including science, politics, history, gastronomy, costumes, technology, books and bibliography, transportation, weaving, military history, agriculture, antiquities, music, religious texts, pharmacology...
Seven vols. 8vo (218 x 160 mm.), orig. wrappers, each with an individual title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan: all late Edo].
A fascinating collection of texts on equine medicine, all bound in a similar fashion:
Vol. 1: Manuscript label on upper cover, entitled “Basho hijutsu den” [“Horse Book Secret Methods Passed On”]. Nine brush & ink illus. in the text. 31 folding leaves. This text is concerned with exercising horses in each season, and includes “32 Rules of Exercise.” At the end, we find a date of 1825, the name of the person who provided this information, Seizaimon Sekiguchi...
Scroll (300 x 5690 mm.) on paper with eight illus. using brush & various colors of wash. [Japan]: at the end, the year 1606 is written, the name of the person who gave this information: “Sato Tarobei Munenobu,” and the name of the recipient: “Tani Sataro.”
This early scroll, dated 1606, contains eight images and is clearly derived from Chinese medicine, which employed acupuncture and herbal medicines. The first image depicts the five organs and the triple burner, with different colors for each organ, and their related parts of the body. The following image shows a horse and its chief meridians, with accompanying text...
47 folding leaves. 8vo (275 x 200 mm.), orig. wrappers (upper wrapper partially defective & renewed), new stitching. Arita: 1866 [from the zodiac signs].
This wonderful and beautiful pattern book seems to have been prepared by the Arita Seito Company, whose name is written on the upper wrapper. We can find nothing about this manufacturer, but it was clearly involved in producing Shonzui porcelains of the greatest complexity and beauty. This pattern book contains hundreds, if not thousands, of patterns for porcelains made in the region surrounding the town of Arita in northwestern Kyushu. One of the most important porcelain styles of Arita was copies...