Woodcuts of the Organs of the Body in Color

Keiketsu san’yo [Chinese & Japanese Acupuncture Explained].

Numerous fine woodcut illus. (18 of which are finely hand-colored). 48 (irregularly paginated); 33; 39; 26; 28 folding leaves, [5] folding leaves of ads. Five vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (wrappers a bit worn, occasional minor worming touching text), orig. block-printed title label on covers, new stitching. Tokyo: Mankyudo Hanabusa Heikichi, [Preface dated 1810].

First edition of one of the three most important early Japanese books on the history and technique of Chinese and Japanese acupuncture. This work is very different from all earlier Chinese and Japanese books on the subject. For the first time, the illustrations are finely and realistically rendered and are anatomically accurate, clearly influenced by European medical works that had circulated in Japan. Another important aspect of this book is the 18 woodcuts, each depicting organs of the body, that are finely hand-colored. Also, the body is described in full, from head to foot, and not entirely dependent on the fourteen meridians.

Kosaka was a court physician of the fiefdom of Kameyama and had studied under the famous physician Motonori Taki (1731-1801), who was a member of a distinguished family of doctors.

The publisher of this work was the exclusive publisher for the government-sponsored medical school.

Fine set.

Price: $11,500.00

Item ID: 7009

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