Seven full-page woodcuts & a few smaller text illus. 49 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. title label on upper cover with title in manuscript, modern stitching. Wakayama: Kasedaya Hiemon et al., 1818.
First edition of Takebe’s translation and commentary of Lorenz Heister’s writings on infections and their treatment. Heister (1683-1758), wrote one of the best and most complete works on surgery of the 18th century. Translated into Japanese, it was enormously successful, introducing Western methods to many Japanese surgeons.
Takebe (1782-1842), a samurai, has included here all of Heister’s writings on infections and has provided a number of his own cases histories. A number of pharmaceutical recipes are described including aloe (the plant is illustrated on two pages). Methods of lancing are illustrated along with a number of Western surgical instruments.
Very nice copy.
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