Tanza ryu ekigoku byoketsu no nukigaki [Tanza School Treatment with Needles].

Five full-page woodcut illus. Eight folding leaves (several split at fore-edges). 8vo, orig. wrappers (quite rubbed & somewhat worn, some occasional soiling), early manuscript title label on upper cover “Tanza ryu ekigoku byoketsu,” new stitching. Edo: Ichirobee Shokai, mid-Spring 1656.

First edition of this extremely rare and early acupuncture book describing the Tanza School of acupuncture’s techniques; WorldCat lists only the Kyoto University copy, which lacks the final leaf. This is one of the earliest books to be published by Ichirobee Shokai, one of the first commercial book publishers of Edo (see Kornicki, The Book in Japan, p. 200); Shokai’s first book was issued 1653.

The Tanza School was one of the seven main schools of acupuncture to emerge in early modern Japan (the others were the Irie, Yoshida, Hikichi, Unkaishi, Isai, and Sugiyama schools).

This work is a selective compilation from other texts on acupuncture. The beginning of the book lists a series of diseases (gout, asthma, fatigue, problems of the heart, pain, toothache, discolored perspiration, vomiting, etc., etc.), with suggestions of correct acupuncture points. The attractive woodcut images depict pressure points on the front and back of the body. The final leaf, lacking in the Kyoto copy but present here, is a side-view depicting the organs of the body.

Very good copy.

Price: $6,500.00

Item ID: 6769

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