Kaiba shinsho [New Book on the Anatomy of the Horse].
18 woodcut illus. (several color-printed). 23; 25 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated “1851,” published in 1852.
First edition and very rare. Kikuchi (fl. 1848-64), was responsible for starting a new age of Japanese veterinary medicine (see Alexander Kast, “Johannes Ludwig Janson, Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Tokyo in 1880-1902“ in Acta med-hist Adriat (2010); 8 (1), p. 116). Before this work, all books on veterinary medicine published in Japan were either entirely dependent on Korean or Chinese traditions or were mere translations of Dutch texts that had passed... More