Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period]. Masunari OZEKI, not OOZEKI.
Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period].
Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period].
Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period].
Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period].

Textile Manufacturing in Edo Japan

Kishoku ihen (or Hataori ihen) [trans.: Manual of Textile Technology during the Edo Period].

Numerous full-page woodcut illus. in the text. Five parts in three vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels a little defective), new stitching. N.p.: Preface dated 1829, [published 1830].

First edition. Ozeki (1781-1845), a fiefdom lord of Kurobanehan in today’s Tochigi Prefecture, was particularly interested in technology and science. He was active as an innovator in developing the agricultural and industrial activities of his region. After his retirement, he moved to Edo and wrote a series of books on technological and agricultural subjects.

This is Ozeki’s invaluable survey of sericulture and hand weaving techniques used throughout Japan before the modernization of the textile industry in the late 19th century. He describes in great detail all the stages of sericulture, the different kinds of looms used in various areas of the country, the production of linen and cotton fabrics, dyeing methods, how to produce different types of silk fabrics including luxury fabrics, etc.

Fine copy. Two volumes have some worming, touching several woodcuts, which has been extremely well repaired. There is also an 1868 enlarged edition; both the first and second editions are very rare.

Price: $9,500.00

Item ID: 6425