A Medical Bibliography in Manuscript

Manuscript on paper, entitled on label on upper cover “Kokon chuka isho benran” (“Ancient and Modern Chinese Medical Books Listed”).

86 folding leaves with ten pre-printed columns per page. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (240 x 163 mm.), new stitching. [Probably Kyoto: ca. 1844].

We do not understand why this manuscript exists: is it the fair copy sent to the printer or a remarkable act of fidelity? This text was published in Kyoto in 1844 as an oblong octavo of 63 leaves. Our manuscript (and the printed book) is a bibliography of about 1600 ancient and modern Chinese medical manuscripts and printed books available and/or printed in Japan, with details of author, title, and dynasty; many of the entries appear to be unrecorded. The entries are arranged by first sound of each title. The compiler was Taiho Yakushiji, a Japanese medical doctor, and the text was edited by Kitei Tsujimoto (1778-1852).

According to WorldCat, there is no copy of the printed edition outside of Japan.

Fine copy.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 6846

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