Sansai kikan [trans.: The Three Elements: The Sky, the Earth, & the Human Body]. Shuhaku HIROSE.
Sansai kikan [trans.: The Three Elements: The Sky, the Earth, & the Human Body].
Sansai kikan [trans.: The Three Elements: The Sky, the Earth, & the Human Body].

Sansai kikan [trans.: The Three Elements: The Sky, the Earth, & the Human Body].

Numerous woodcut illus. in the text including one with three moving volvelles & another with one volvelle. 12 folded leaves; 14 folded leaves; 17 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers with orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka: 1808.

First edition of this very rare encyclopedia based on Dutch science and medicine. The first volume deals with western astronomy and discusses Newton’s theory of gravitation, the surface of the moon, the use of the telescope, and the laws of optics. Vol. II describes earthquakes, rainbows, meteorology including typhoons, barometers, lightning and thunder, magnetism, etc.

The third volume is devoted to the anatomy of the human body, psychology, pharmaceutical recipes to cure migraines, abortion, urinalysis, electro therapy, etc., etc.

Hirose (d. ca. 1818), a student of Genpaku Sugita, was an early practitioner of Western medicine in Japan.

Fine set. First volume has some minor marginal worming to first four leaves.

Price: $5,500.00

Item ID: 6262

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