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58; 51; 76; 71; 60; 72; 63; 92; 79; 92 folding leaves. 41 parts in ten vols. 8vo (240 x 160 mm.), orig. patterned wrappers, orig. manuscript title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Higo (today’s Kumamoto Prefecture): Preface dated 1781; Introduction dated 1802.
An unpublished and important work by Murai (1733-1815), a member of one of the leading Japanese families specializing in surgery. He was physician to the Kumamoto fiefdom and also a renowned Chinese-lute player. Murai studied under Todo Yoshimasu (1702-73), one of the most innovative practitioners of his time. Both Yoshimasu and Murai were leaders in the development of Japanese Kampo, the study and transformation of traditional Chinese medicine in Japan...