[From the title-page & label:] Hokaroku [List of Ways to Increase the Farmers’ Earnings]; [from the “pillar”:] Nokaeki [For the Farmers’ Benefit]. Nagatsune OKURA.
[From the title-page & label:] Hokaroku [List of Ways to Increase the Farmers’ Earnings]; [from the “pillar”:] Nokaeki [For the Farmers’ Benefit].
[From the title-page & label:] Hokaroku [List of Ways to Increase the Farmers’ Earnings]; [from the “pillar”:] Nokaeki [For the Farmers’ Benefit].
[From the title-page & label:] Hokaroku [List of Ways to Increase the Farmers’ Earnings]; [from the “pillar”:] Nokaeki [For the Farmers’ Benefit].

Locust Prevention & Drying Rice

[From the title-page & label:] Hokaroku [List of Ways to Increase the Farmers’ Earnings]; [from the “pillar”:] Nokaeki [For the Farmers’ Benefit].

Four full-page woodcut illus. & two woodcuts in the text. 26 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: Aiwaen, 1810.

First edition and rare; we find no copy of this first edition in WorldCat. Okura (1768-1856?), was one of the three most eminent agronomists of the Edo period. A reformer and advisor to several daimyo, he wrote more than 20 books on all aspects of agricultural improvement and technology; they were amongst the best of their period in range and clarity of explanation of the new methods. Okura was devoted to the development of farm production centered around the three aspects of technological improvement, cultivation of commercial products, and the processing of farm products.

The first part of this book is concerned with the problem of controlling locust swarms, which caused extensive damage to crops. Okura recommends using whale oil as a pesticide. The second describes improved methods of drying bundles of rice before threshing.

The woodcuts are most appealing. The first full-page woodcut depicts the celebration following the departure of the locusts. One of the text illustrations shows the tools used to spread whale oil over the rice fields, with a full-page picture showing the farmers distributing the oil in the fields. Two of the other full-page illustrations depict various racks to hold the bundles of rice for drying.

A very nice copy. Minor worming.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 7276