[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times]. Dojun NAKANOME, Juzan or NAKAME.
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].
[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].

[From the title-page in Vol. I]: Ganmoku [or ganbyo] shinron; [from the title-labels & first leaf of text]: Kokon seisen mokubyo [or ganbyo] shinron [Ophthalmology in Veracity, but a better trans. is: Selected True Ophthalmology of All Times].

Many full-page woodcuts, of which a number are color-printed, & one remarkable text woodcut that has five color-printed flaps of considerable intricacy. 31; 32; 29; 25 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: Kanaido, 1850.

First edition of this very rare and beautifully illustrated surgical work, with no copy in WorldCat. This was the first ophthalmological work published in Japan that did not depend on secret traditions of private medical schools but, instead, incorporated the most up-to-date writings, both Chinese and Western, on the subject.

“Nakame Juzan (1808-1854), was born in Sendai and practiced in Edo and Osaka. He taught many students. He performed cataract surgery with excellence, using mydratics (hyostiamine). In 1850, he wrote a two-volume book Kokon seisen ganka hosen (Selected Ophthalmology of All Times) and [the present work] Ganka [sic, a typo, should be mokubyo or ganbyo] shinron (Ophthalmology in Veracity). He included Chinese and Western methods of cataract surgery, theory of image formation on the retina, and various instruments of Western ophthalmology. His description is much more advanced than those of other Chinese-Dutch ophthalmologists.”–Saiichi Mishima, The History of Ophthalmology in Japan, p. 173 (& see p. 196 for a discussion & illus. from this book of Nakanome’s method of cataract reclination).

As mentioned above, this book is finely illustrated with a series of color-printed depictions of the eye, surgical procedures, and Western surgical instruments. There is a very remarkable text woodcut consisting of five flaps of complex construction, color-printed on both sides, depicting the interior of the eye. The illustrations are printed in a series of colors including blue, gray, yellow, red, black, and pale brown.

Nakanome received his medical training from many of the leading ophthalmologists of the time. He founded his own ophthalmological school called Nakanome ryu and wrote many books on his specialties, especially treating cataracts. He stressed that Asian and Western medical traditions each had merit and selected the best from both. At the end of Vol. IV, there is a most interesting list of all the medical students who had studied with Nakanome.

A fine set. Minor marginal worming.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 7352

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