29 leaves & a number of blanks. Large 8vo (267 x 190 mm.), orig. semi-stiff wrappers. From the Preface: “Kyoto: January 1800.”
The Preface is signed by Jungo Kato, whose grandfather must have been a well-recognized Kyoto physician. Presumably, he was also named Kato. We learn here that the grandson regularly received disciples who wanted to gain the secret medical knowledge which had been passed down from his grandfather. Because of the precious nature of this knowledge, it was prohibited to reveal any of it to outsiders unless the recipient was a direct descendant of the disciple or a close family member.
There follows 108 entries of the names of disciples who came to Kato in Kyoto to receive instruction in this knowledge. The visiting dates range from 1802 to 1834. The regions or towns of the disciples are given and, for some, their medical affiliation is provided. The visiting doctors’ home towns ranged throughout the main island and Kyushu. For almost all the entries, the hand-written seal of the doctor is added.
A sheet of paper with instructions for the signatories is present; it was slipped in the folding leaf and served as a guide on what must be filled out: province, village, date, name, and the stylized seal (kao).
Item ID: 7568