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Eight full-page drawings & one illus. in the text. 17 folding leaves. 8vo (243 x 165 mm.), orig. blue semi-stiff wrappers (some dampstaining to upper portion of each leaf). [Japan: mid-Edo]. Kagawa (1683-1755), a member of the medical family dynasty, studied in Kyoto with Ryozan Goto and Jinsai Ito, from whom he learned moxibustion and the therapeutic value of the waters of hot springs. Kagawa established the successful Ippondo medical school and was one of the most enthusiastic practitioners of moxibustion of his time. There is another manuscript of this text at Kyoto University, attributed to Kagawa. Some of the illustrations are very different. The introductory remarks describe the importance of the precise placement of the moxa on the skin, how to measure the placements based on distance from certain bones or joints of the body, and the various techniques and occasions for moxibustion applications. Following this, the text precisely describes the moxibustion locations on the body and h ... Read more

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25 double-page stunning plates of colored woodcuts depicting butterflies. Two vols. in accordion-style (orihon). 8vo, orig. blue silk over boards (a little worn), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover. Kyoto: Yamada Unsodo, 1904. First edition of this beautifully illustrated work on butterflies; the handsome woodblock double-page plates, several of which are heightened in gold or silver, depict butterflies in a variety of styles. "Kamisaka Sekka was a genius; effortlessly, prodigiously, boundlessly imaginative; tirelessly inventive, spontaneous, and free. In One Thousand Butterflies (Cho senrui, 1903 [the book is commonly misdated; it was published in 1904]) he took a single subject and drew dozens of pictures, each in a different style. There was nothing academic about his approach. Each drawing was fresh and new; many were arresting and some mirrored new developments in European art... "Sekka loved design. He began to paint under Suzuki Zuigai when he was sixteen and studied te ... Read more

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[From the preface]: "April 1852." In the early 1850s, Japan still maintained sakoku, a policy of isolationism established in 1635 and intended to minimize foreign influence. The governments of Britain, the United States, and Russia, were each determined to be the first to benefit from trade with Japan. Within Japan, there was a growing and passionate debate about how to respond to foreign incursions. Two major camps formed: one claimed it was necessary to use foreign technology in order to repel invasions; the other argued that only traditional Japanese methods should be employed. Our scroll depicts the integration of Western weapons into this faction's strategy. This is a finely illustrated scroll with bird's-eye views of Lord Hisaakira Kano's well-equipped private army at a shimoyashiki (a secondary estate) outside of central Edo. It depicts military exercises which took place a year before Commodore Matthew Perry's first arrival. The scroll vividly illustrates format ... Read more

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16 full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 69 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. Large 8vo, orig. orange wrappers (rubbed & a little tired, some browning), new stitching. From the colophon: Kyoto: Baiju, 1625. The second of the three editions of Katsu's Jushikei Hakki to be printed by moveable type in Japan; all are of the greatest rarity and none are located in WorldCat. These editions (1618, our edition of 1625, and 1631) mark the first appearances of Katsu's important text on acupuncture in Japan and are important examples of the new technology imported from Korea. The three editions are all printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. "The earliest surviving books printed [in Korea] with movable type date from the late fourteenth century...During the invasion of the Korean peninsula undertaken by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the closing years of the sixteenth century...large numbers of printed books were looted, and printing type was removed from the Printing Office and taken ... Read more

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Numerous full-page or double-page color-printed woodcut illus. 27 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (a bit rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (again, a bit rubbed), new stitching. Osaka: Senritei et al., 1831. First edition of this handsome color-printed woodcut book and a wonderful example of karazuri (blind-printing) which makes fine Japanese illustrated books so pleasing. We find no copy in WorldCat. "Another artist with greater affinities to Shijo than Ukiyo-e is Katsura Seiyo (1786-1860), but he was a prolific designer of prints for kyoka books...he had an obvious appreciation of book design, and he enhanced many a kyoka that would have been dull without his colourful vignettes... "[The present work] might be taken to exhibit Seiyo at his most ingratiating, with some of the best of his colour prints for kyoka-bon...the print of Chinese women boating on a lotus pond from this book is outstanding."-Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, pp. 843-44-(with i ... Read more

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Woodcut printer's device on title. 4 p.l., 400 pp. Small thick 8vo, cont. richly blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, one of the stamps with "H M" with the date "160[?]", two catches & one (of two) clasps. Hanau: G. Antonius, 1607. [bound with]: THEODORICUS, Sebastianus. Novae Quaestiones Sphaericae, hoc est, de Circulis Coelestibus & primo mobili, in gratiam studiosae juventutis scriptae. Woodcut on title, numerous astronomical woodcuts in the text, three folding printed tables, & one large woodcut plate. 8 p.l. (the last a blank), 320 pp. Small 8vo. Wittenberg: L. Seuberlich for S. Selfisch, 1605. [bound with]: LEMNIUS, Levinus. De Astrologia Liber unus... Woodcut printer's device on title. 5 p.l., 25 leaves, 2 blank leaves. Small 8vo (light browning). Jena: T. Steinmann, 1587. A pleasant sammelband of three noteworthy textbooks in a most attractive contemporary binding. I. First edition. Keckermann (1573-1609), was a German theologian and philos ... Read more

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Engraved vignette on title & 47 folding engraved plates. Title printed in red & black. 2 p.l., [1]-636, [10] pp. Large 4to, cont. Dutch vellum over boards, panelled in blind with a blind arabesque in center of each cover. Leiden: J. & H. Verbeek, 1725. First Latin edition of Keill's lectures on physics and astronomy delivered at Oxford University; each was first separately published in 1702 (physics) and 1718 (astronomy). The 1702 Introductio ad veram Physicam was "probably the first textbook of Newtonian physics ever to appear."-Gjertsen, The Newton Handbook, p. 284-(giving the date as 1701). Keill (1671-1721), a student of David Gregory and Savilian professor of astronomy at Oxford from 1712, "was one of the very important disciples gathered around Newton who transmitted his principles of philosophy to the scientific and intellectual community, thereby influencing the directions and emphases of Newtonianism."-D.S.B., VII, p. 275. The lectures were general i ... Read more

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25 color-printed double-page woodcut illus. & three color-printed full-page woodcut illus. 22; 18; 19; 21; 19; 17 folding leaves (some mis-paginations). Six vols. (numerated "1-6" in the first line of text of each vol.). 8vo, orig. speckled wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels rubbed), early stitching. Edo: Ochakuya, ca. 1830-31. First edition of this very rare erotic story of the famous Tamamo-no-Mae, a legendary figure in Japanese mythology. She is based on Huli jing, the nine-tailed fox, a Chinese mythological creature who could be either a good or bad spirit. In Japan, the fox metamorphosizes into the beautiful and intelligent Tamamo-no-Mae. Employing this deception, she becomes the most favored courtesan of Emperor Toba and causes him to become ill. Her deception is finally revealed through exorcism, and the emperor later has Tamamo-no-Mae killed in the plains of Nasu. Our set of this rare shunga work appears to be unique, as it contains ... Read more

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Three full-page, 14 double-page, & 3 half-page woodcuts extending over two pages each, all color-printed, many heightened with blind-embossing, silver, & gold. 15; 12; 16 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. decorated semi-stiff boards (covers rubbed & a little soiled), each with a different woodcut colored vignette & block-printed title label pasted-on upper cover, new stitching. N.p.: n.d [ca. 1829]. First edition of this rare shunga; not in WorldCat. The Keio University copy lacks one volume, and the Ritsumeikan University copy has just the second volume (of three). The title is suggestive of abundance of sexual pleasure: one woman in the spring and another in the autumn. Indeed, many of the woodcuts depict multiple partners or a man and woman engaging in sexual relations with a second woman observing. Megumi says that there is "a lot going on in each image" with many suggestive icons and objects. Keisai (1790-1848), of samurai birth, was one of the principal ukiy ... Read more

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One woodcut diagram in the text. viii, 103 pp. 8vo, orig. American binding of sheep-backed green printed boards (browning throughout due to the quality of the paper). Philadelphia: E.Y. Schelly, 1838. First edition in German, enlarged with the additional text by Joel Schelly. Kendrick (1789-1872), was the son of one of the pioneer nurserymen in America, who had established a nursery in 1790 between Newton and Brighton, Massachusetts. "By 1823, William had become associated with his father in the enterprise, and for a half a century he was one of a small group of nurserymen who laid the foundations of the fruit industry of the present day...His interests were not entirely centered in nursery and fruit enterprises. At one period he gave considerable attention to silk culture. In 1835 there appeared under his authorship The American Silk Grower's Guide, which included a discussion of the growing of the mulberry. A second edition was printed in 1839."-D.A.B., V, pp, 341-42. This German ... Read more

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Two folding woodcut plates, three folding printed tables (plus two in duplicate), & several woodcuts in the text. 4 p.l., 138 pp., one blank leaf. 4to, antique 18th-century style calf-backed boards. Augsburg: Typis A. Apergeri, sumptibus S. Mylii, 1619-[20]. First edition, and a very good copy of a rare book; it contains the second observation of Halley's comet. In this work, Kepler "discussed in detail the bright comets of 1607 and 1618. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of comets, he proposed a strictly rectilinear trajectory, which of course appeared more complex because of the earth's motion. Some decades later Edmond Halley made extensive use of the observations recorded in this book when he showed the seventy-six year periodicity of the comet of 1607. The brief second section of Kepler's trilogy concerned the 'physiology of comets': they fill the ether as fish fill the sea but are dissipated by the sun's light, forming the tail that points away from the sun. ... Read more

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19 folding engraved plates, maps, & views (one is hand-colored). xvi, 236 pp., one leaf of errata; iv, [2], 190 pp., one leaf of errata; x, 163, [1] pp. Three vols. in two. 8vo, orig. red sheep maroquiné [Vol. II, Vol. I more "orangey"], sides ruled in gilt, flat spines gilt, a.e.g. Nuremberg: J.A. Stein, 1833. First edition of this history of the major battles and sieges in which the Royal Bavarian Second Army Corps took a role. They include those at Cham, Donauwörth, Ingolstadt, Lauingen, Memmingen, Neuburg, Nördlingen, Regensburg, Straubing, and Wülzburg. The handsomely engraved plates depict plans and maps of cities and regions. The battles range from the 16th century up through the Napoleonic period. Fine set from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. Laid-in is a letter from the author, dated 7 February 1834, presenting this set to the Duke of Bavaria. WorldCat locates no copy in the U.S.

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Folding hand-colored lithographed frontis. & one colored plate. 1 p.l., xi, 418 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. vellum over boards (minor foxing to first few leaves), spine lettered in gilt, dentelles gilt, t.e.g., arms in gilt of the Prince of Wales on upper cover. London: J. Ollivier, 1844. First edition. "In August 1834, Kinglake set out on an eighteen-month odyssey through Europe and the Ottoman empire. After encountering plague in Constantinople, he travelled to Smyrna, Cyprus, Beirut, the Holy Land, and Jerusalem, before crossing the Sinai Desert to Cairo. Following three weeks in Egypt, he returned north through Damascus and Asia Minor then via Athens, Corfu, Rome, and Turin to London. On 5 May 1837, Kinglake was called to the bar but...continued to travel, visiting Switzerland in 1843, and the following year Eothen, his account of the 1834-5 Turkish adventures, was published and included two of his own watercolours."-ODNB. A very good copy in a fine binding. Bookplates of William Orme Fos ... Read more

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Engraved frontis., three folding printed plates (one in red & black), and numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. 8 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 301, [9] pp. 4to, cont. vellum over boards, green silk ties. Rome: Varesi, 1665. First edition of Kircher's treatise on numerology, the "hidden mysteries" of the origins of numbers. "The Arithmologia, one of Kircher's more curious works, is a veritable gold mine of curiosities: magic formulas, amulets, and symbolic matrices. For Kircher all knowledge was to some extent bound up in mystery, and this was particularly true of numerology...Kircher did not accept the mysticism uncritically, however. Indeed much of the work is dedicated to discrediting common superstitions about numbers. He begins the book with a speculative history of the origin of the Greek and Roman numerals; he later gives the history of the Hebrew and Arabic numerals. Much of the work deals with the alleged mystical numerology of the ... Read more

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Introduction and Descriptions by Brian L. Merrill. Illus. xxxviii, 74 pp. Large 8vo, orig. illustrated wrappers. Provo: 1989. This catalogue has become a work of permanent reference. The Introduction contains a very full biographical sketch of Kircher, with much information not readily available. A list of his major works is provided. The balance of the catalogue is devoted to careful descriptions of B.Y.U.'s collection of Kircher -- 31 items in all -- with title-page transcriptions, pagination collations, and invaluable annotations regarding the importance of each work, provenance, binding, and references. Now out-of-print and very difficult to find.

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Woodcut vignette on title, woodcut illus. in the text, & many exotic type fonts used. 12 p.l., 338 pp. 4to, late 18th-cent. half calf & marbled boards (some browning as is usual with this book), spine gilt, black morocco lettering piece on spine. Rome: Propaganda Fide, 1636. First edition. This present work is "the first Coptic grammar to appear in the West, [it] was for centuries the basis for Coptic studies, along with Kircher's later work Lingua aegyptiaca restituta (1643). Kircher had encountered hieroglyphs during his tertianship (a one-year period of religious study in preparation for the ministry) in Speier, and he was convinced - correctly - that Coptic was a late vestige of ancient Egyptian. While at Avignon he was given several Coptic manuscripts by his friend and patron Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc. Later in Rome Kircher acquired an Arabic-Coptic vocabulary brought from Egypt by Pietro della Valle. On the basis of these, and with Peiresc's encouragement, Kircher co ... Read more

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24 folding woodcut plates & numerous woodcuts in the text of Part I. 12 p.l. (first leaf a blank), 316 pp., one leaf of errata; 205 leaves (incl. added title with woodcut, final three leaves blank). Two parts in one vol. Small 8vo, cont. vellum (carefully rebacked in vellum, later endpapers). Rome: A. Tinassi, 1679. First edition, presentation copy, with an "Ex dono Auctoris" inscription on front endpaper to an unidentified recipient (in the recipient's hand). "The Tariffa, perhaps the rarest of all Kircher's works and his least characteristic, is entirely mathematical. It treats primarily geometrical figures and simple trigonometry. The work is organized in the traditional format for mathematical works, with problems, propositions, and proofs. The term tariffa was used in Kircher's day for compilations of tables used by navigators 'from which valuable knowledge might be had without labor,' but, as is explained in the preliminary pages, Kircher titled his boo ... Read more

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2 p.l., 46 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, 1796. First edition of this scarce provincial imprint. During the final four decades of the 18th century Britain experienced a number of corn harvest failures with a resulting rise in the price of wheat. The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Board of Agriculture, and various private individuals advocated the adoption of the potato as a substitute for wheat, and great efforts were made to popularize the cultivation of this crop. The writer of the present tract was no doubt inspired by a Board of Agriculture report on the culture and use of potatoes, which was published in 1795. Kirkpatrick, who lived near Wigan in Lancashire, a well-established center for potato cultivation, was not a professional nurseryman, but he grew certain plants in his garden that he offered for sale. "After giving details concerning ... Read more

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Elements of Mineralogy

KIRWAN, Richard

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Six folding printed tables included in the pagination. xxxi, 510 pp.; xvi, [1], 529 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. tree calf, spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: P. Elmsly, 1794-96. Second edition, "with considerable improvements and additions" of "the first systematic treatise on mineralogy in English that is based on the chemical compositions of minerals...combined with the Wernerian method of using external features & properties of minerals as a means of identification."-Sinkankas, p. 551. "A greatly enlarged and completely rewritten edition, expanded in all parts, and with the addition of many more analyses, property determinations, and new species, etc. First mention of the Leske collection of minerals, numbering some 7331 specimens, which Kirwan notes 'hitherto its treasures have been unveiled only to my eyes'."-Sinkankas 3431. A very fine and fresh set, from the library of J.A. Freilich with his bookplate (his sale, Sothe ... Read more

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Kasen e sho [trans.: Pictures of Some of the Immortal Poets]

KITA, Busei (Artist) & YAMAMOTO, Seikei (Author)

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36 finely color-printed woodcut illus. in the text. 23 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. gold-flecked wrappers (rubbed), orig. printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. N.p.: Preface dated "1810." First edition of this finely illustrated work by Kita Busei (1776-1856), a student of Tani Buncho. It is the first masterpiece by Kita; Hillier, describes the present book as "an attractive colour-printed book of poets" (The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 640). The images of the 36 poets, each of which occupies two-thirds of a page, are finely printed in color using a series of woodblocks. The backgrounds are delicately tinted and the images of each poet are richly color-printed, employing different colors in a series of printing runs. Outer margins with a small dampstain just touching the images, but a fine copy. ❧ Brown, Block Printing & Book Illustration in Japan, p. 119.

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