Zoho teita hatsumo or Zoho shuhan hatsumo [Enlarged Dictionary Handbook of Pharmaceutical Ingredients]. Kansai FUJII, Shirobei, or OSAKAYA, Shirobee not OOSAKAYA.
Zoho teita hatsumo or Zoho shuhan hatsumo [Enlarged Dictionary Handbook of Pharmaceutical Ingredients].
Zoho teita hatsumo or Zoho shuhan hatsumo [Enlarged Dictionary Handbook of Pharmaceutical Ingredients].

Zoho teita hatsumo or Zoho shuhan hatsumo [Enlarged Dictionary Handbook of Pharmaceutical Ingredients].

1, 2, 7, 148, 45 folding leaves. Thick oblong 8vo, orig. blue patterned wrappers (first leaves with some minor worming), new stitching. Edo: Yamashiroya, first Preface dated 1829; colophon dated 1824, title-page dated 1823.

Second edition (1st ed.: 1823 or 1824), of this rare dictionary of pharmaceutical ingredients, written as a reference book for pharmacists. Our work was the late-Edo equivalent of today’s famous Merck’s Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. It is based on Ranzan Ono’s Honzo komoku keimo (1803-05), the great Japanese materia medica and classification of plants. According to the Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books, Fujii and Osakaya were actually one and the same person, a pharmacist in the Hachikancho area (today’s Ginza) of Tokyo.

Following the Preface, there is a massive index serving as a guide to the rest of the book. The categorization is as follows: “products of the mountains,” scents, and animal, mineral, and vegetable products. By the time of the publication of this book, thanks to the Dutch influence, Western pharmaceutical materials were widely known in Japan, and here many foreign ingredients are listed: sassafras, cream of tartar, coffee, antimony, quinine, Portuguese oil, tamarind, sal ammoniac, saltpeter, fresh milk, purified water, ammonia, rosewater, cinnamon, a cough syrup, etc. At the end there is a double-page opening, with the numbers one to ten in Roman and Arabic numerals with their Japanese transliterations.

The section on mineral products gives a list of colors used for painting and dyeing.

Very good copy, preserved in a chitsu. WorldCat lists a copy at Berkeley and another — incorrectly under Oosakaya — in Japan.

Price: $2,250.00

Item ID: 6682