Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”]. Tomohiro ICHIOKA.
Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].
Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].
Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].
Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].
Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].

The Mycology of Southern Nagano

Illustrated manuscript on fine mica-dusted paper, entitled “Shinyo kinpu” [“Mycology Explained & Illustrated in Color”].

70 fine paintings in brush & washes of various colors. Two parts in one vol. 38 folding leaves. 8vo (266 x 185 mm.), orig. orange semi-stiff boards, title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated 1799 but our manuscript was created slightly later.

A very beautiful manuscript describing and illustrating the mushrooms found in the southern area of Nagano Prefecture. Ichioka (1739-1809), a government official, came from a wealthy and intellectual family deeply interested in natural history and the pharmacological properties, based on Chinese traditions, of minerals, plants, and animals (honzo gaku). Several generations of the Ichioka family formed collections of plants and minerals, and they also built a comprehensive library on these subjects.

Ichioka finished the original manuscript of the present work in 1799 but never published it. Copies, including ours, were soon made. About 70 mushrooms are described and illustrated in our manuscript. In the description accompanying each illustrated mushroom, Ichioka has given the Japanese and Chinese names (with regional variants), habitats, appearances, comments on whether they are edibility or toxicity, taste profiles, uses in gastronomy, references to mycological books and manuscripts in the Ichioka family library, comments by other experts, etc.

The illustrations are finely drawn and colored with delicate washes.

In very fine condition. With the seals of the Shinto priest and physician Yasuaki (or Kosho) Nakano (1874-1947) and his private library, Daido Yakushitsu. He was a major collector of kanpo (the Japanese study of traditional Chinese medicine), calligraphy, maps, illustrated scrolls, waka poetry, and paintings.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 7733