Gorui Ri Ten sensei igaku nyumon [trans.: Reorganized text of Dr. Li Chan’s Yi xue ru men for convenient use]. Gencho YAO.
Gorui Ri Ten sensei igaku nyumon [trans.: Reorganized text of Dr. Li Chan’s Yi xue ru men for convenient use].

Gorui Ri Ten sensei igaku nyumon [trans.: Reorganized text of Dr. Li Chan’s Yi xue ru men for convenient use].

Six full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 17 vols. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (quite rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on covers (rubbed), new stitching. Kyoto: Murakami Kanbe et al., 1722.

Second edition to be printed in Japan, of Yixue rumen [trans.: Primer on the Study of Medicine or Entering the Door of Medicine] of Li Chan (fl. 1573-1619). An influential introductory Chinese medical textbook published in 1575, it is itself a condensation of the important Gu Jin Yi Tong [trans.: Old and Modern Medical Generalities] by Xu Chunfu, published in 1556 in 100 volumes. This work gathered medical knowledge from over 300 published and unpublished Chinese medical classics. In Beijing, Xu Chunfu established one of the first medical associations for doctors, the Medical Society for Harboring Kindness.

Our work is printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. It contains many important passages concerning acupuncture. Three of the full-page woodcuts depict pressure points. The first volume contains a very useful “grand index” for the remaining volumes. The remaining volumes are a comprehensive collection with an overall summary of the basic theories and clinical departments of traditional Chinese medicine, including physician’s bio-bibliographies, discussions of the different schools of medicine, pulse-taking methods, the doctrine on five elements and six natural influences, channels and collaterals, acupuncture and moxibustion, materia medica, health preservation, obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery, and treatment in clinical practice of different departments and medical cases.

The first edition printed in Japan appeared in 1666; both are rare.

Very good set with occasional minor, mostly marginal, worming.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 5997