A Physician from the Obama Domain

Tassei zusetsu [Parturition Illustrated].

31 double-page & 81 single-page woodcuts in the text. Three vols. in five. 8vo, orig. wrappers (slightly discolored), block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Edo, Kyoto, & Osaka: 1858.

First edition and most uncommon. “This work on obstetrics…was the work of Kondo Naoyoshi (also known as Taiz or Kenzan, 1814-1861), and was published in 1858. This is Kondo’s only work and little is known about his life: he was an official doctor in the Obama domain in the province of Wakasa; in 1858 he moved to Kyoto and began to practice medicine there, but he died in the same year. At the outset he provides a detailed explanation of the female genital organs and their relation to the womb and goes on to examination and diagnosis, all illustrated with line drawings. He recommends various kinds of massage, and when preparing for birth he, like others before him, insisted on the use of a rolled-up bed cover for the patient to sit up against and showed how this was to be folded. The process of birth is covered in numerous illustrations showing each stage, and he also deals with still births, post-partural problems and the care of babies.”–Kornicki, “Japanese Medical and Scientific Books in the Wellcome Library” pdf., p. 44.

Kondo offers a number of herbal medicine recipes.

Fine set. A bit of worming, mostly marginal, to final three leaves of Vol. III.
❧ Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, II, p. 491 & 495.

Price: $6,000.00

Item ID: 6532

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