Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil]. Nagatsune OKURA.
Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil].
Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil].
Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil].
Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil].

Cotton: A Major Cash Crop

Seiyuroku [On the Manufacturing of Oil].

Many full-page & double woodcut illus. 23; 29.5 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. pale gray wrappers (wrappers quite rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels somewhat defective), new stitching. Osaka & other cities: Okada Gungyokudo, Kawachiya Chobei et al., from the colophon: “1836.”

First edition. Okura (1768-1856?), was one of the three most eminent agriculturalists of the Edo period. A reformer, he wrote more than 20 books on all aspects of agricultural improvement and technology; they were among the best of their period for range and clarity of explaining the new methods.

Rapeseed oil has been the favored cooking oil in Japan for more than 1000 years, since the introduction of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. It was also widely used for illumination. The present book is concerned with improved methods of the complex steps required to transform rapeseed into oil and to manufacture its meal as a by-product (used as an animal feed and a fertilizer). The fine woodcuts, by the famous Osaka ukiyo-e artist Hanzan Matsukawa, depict all the many stages of production. There is a series of really fine depictions of the presses and different methods and machinery used in the regions of Edo, Nada, and Osaka.

Okura also provides statistical information regarding production levels in various regions of Japan, labor costs, potential profits from successful crops, etc. He writes about rapeseed oil as a commodity and its country-wide market and trading. At the end of the first volume there is also a discussion of manufacturing cottonseed oil (watami abura).

Very good set. Vol. II has some marginal worming and some light dampstaining.

Price: $3,500.00

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