Meii ruian [Case Reports Classified According to Diseases or Syndromes]. Guan JIANG.
Meii ruian [Case Reports Classified According to Diseases or Syndromes].
Meii ruian [Case Reports Classified According to Diseases or Syndromes].

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Meii ruian [Case Reports Classified According to Diseases or Syndromes].

12 vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers (upper cover of Vol. I & lower cover of final vol. somewhat worn), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: from the colophon leaf in final volume: “Mei shou edition. 1623.”

First edition to be published in Japan of Ming yi lei an, originally published in China in 1525. This is an important work, as it contains one of the largest compilations of case histories — more than 2400 — in Chinese medicine. Jiang (1503-65), gathered here the texts from earlier classic collections of medical cases from the Qin (221-206 B.C.) to Ming dynasties, arranged them by disease or symptom, and has provided commentary. This work was popular both in China (there are editions up through our century) and in Japan.

Vol. I begins with four Prefaces, dated 1522, 1591, 1591, and 1586. These are followed by a “grand index” arranged by name of disease or symptom, a six-page list of famous physicians who recorded these case histories, and then a most interesting five-page bibliography of earlier Chinese medical works, several of which we do not recognize.

A nice set. Some worming in many of the volumes, mostly in the margins but sometimes touching the text.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 7031

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