Numerous fine and highly detailed full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 100 folding leaves. Five parts in two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. N.p.: Preface dated 1829, [published 1830].
A very fine set; this edition is rare, with no copy located by WorldCat in North America. Ozeki (1781-1845), a fiefdom lord of Kurobanehan in today’s Tochigi Prefecture, was particularly interested in technology and science. He was active as an innovator in developing the agricultural and industrial activities of his region. After his retirement, he moved to Edo and wrote a series of books on technological and agricultural subjects.
This is Ozeki’s invaluable survey of sericulture and hand-weaving techniques used throughout Japan before the modernization of the textile industry in the late 19th century. He describes in great detail all the stages of sericulture, the different kinds of looms used in various areas of the country, the production of linen and cotton fabrics, dyeing methods, how to produce different types of silk fabrics including luxury fabrics, etc. The woodcut illustrations are highly detailed, revealing the great complexity of the machinery.
Very fine set, preserved in a fairly old wooden box. With the seal of the scholar Hotta Masaatsu 堀田正敦 (1755-1832), lord of the Katata Domain and later lord of the Sano Domain, junior councillor of the shogunate, and father-in-law of Ozeki. Hotta was a distinguished artist, particularly of ornithological subjects. NIJL locates two copies of an 1826 edition.
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