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The sheets range from 640 x 1430 mm. to smaller. [Kyoto: 19th century]. The Yagis, father and son, were notable artists of 19th-century Japan. The father, Kiho (1806-76), was born in today's Shiga Prefecture and lived mainly in Kyoto. He studied painting under Keibun Matsumura of the Shijo school and Giho Yamagata of the Kano school. Kiho excelled at figure painting and bird-and-flower painting and was the subject, along with his teachers, of a recent exhibition (2009) at the Nagahama Castle Historical Museum in Shiga (a catalogue was issued at the time). His work is found at the Kyoto Palace and the Higashi Honganji Temple, also in Kyoto. His son, Unkei (d. 1892), also had a successful career as an artist, concentrating in the same genres. This collection of drawings, which are mostly of natural history subjects, landscapes, and dragons, reflects the very considerable skills of the Yagis and must be seen to be appreciated. There are fourteen sheets of underdrawings of birds for the screen ... Read more

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86 folding leaves with ten pre-printed columns per page. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (240 x 163 mm.), new stitching. [Probably Kyoto: ca. 1844]. We do not understand why this manuscript exists: is it the fair copy sent to the printer or a remarkable act of fidelity? This text was published in Kyoto in 1844 as an oblong octavo of 63 leaves. Our manuscript (and the printed book) is a bibliography of about 1600 ancient and modern Chinese medical manuscripts and printed books available and/or printed in Japan, with details of author, title, and dynasty; many of the entries appear to be unrecorded. The entries are arranged by first sound of each title. The compiler was Taiho Yakushiji, a Japanese medical doctor, and the text was edited by Kitei Tsujimoto (1778-1852). According to WorldCat, there is no copy of the printed edition outside of Japan. Fine copy.

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Many illus. in the text. Seven vols. 8vo, orig. patterned pale blue wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan: ca. 1830]. First edition. The Yamada family of sword testers was famous; for many generations they made a living as executioners and kept detailed records of each sword's performance. Bodies were mounted on a cutting stand and specific cuts were made. One of their toughest tests was to cut centrally through the thorax, the so-called chiwari ("breast splitter"), as it had to go through several ribs. The sword was judged on how many bodies were severed with each type of cut. Following the index in the first volume of the present work, there are three introductory essays: 1) Yamada on the metallurgical processes for making steel for swords; 2) Masahide Kawabe on the manufacturing of swords; and 3) Natae Kamata on the testing of swords. This final essay contains several illustrations of the "testing grounds" for th ... Read more

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Many fine brush & color and black & white paintings in the text. Two illus. with movable flaps (one is a volvelle). Finely written in a superb calligraphic hand on mica-coated (kirabiki) textured paper. 31; 34; 36; 35; 35; 30; 45; 33 leaves (not including blanks). Eight vols. 8vo (252 x 180 mm.), orig. dark blue wrappers bound in tetsuyoso style, each cover finely illustrated by hand in gold with depictions of landscapes with plants. [Japan]: Preface dated 1656; this manuscript was written sometime afterwards, probably in the 17th century. Yamaga (1622-85), military strategist and Confucian philosopher, set forth the first systematic exposition of the missions and obligations of the samurai (warrior) class. These included martial spirit, weaponry skills, loyalty to one's lord, a sense of personal honor, devotion to duty, and a willingness to sacrifice one's own life. His teachings became the central core of what later became known as Bushido (Code of Warriors), which guided Japan&# ... Read more

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Numerous full-page & double-page woodcuts. 22; 18; 18 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Hishiya Magobe, 1799. First edition of this beautiful black & white woodcut book, the artist's first important work. Yamaguchi (1759-1818), "was the first Maruyama artist to attract the publishers and was associated with a number of important books from 1799 onwards...In his own day, he was accounted one of the 'ten most notable pupils of Okyo'...The paintings that made his name were serious, consequential works: the figure subjects published as woodcuts [in the present work], were obviously thrown off with real or calculated impetuosity, and have that immediate appeal, the feeling of close intimacy with the artist, that impromptu brush sketches give."-Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 532. "Most Japanese books of this period were printed on semi-transparent paper. Even though the s ... Read more

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Four finely handcolored full-page woodcuts in the text. 40 folding leaves; 44 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (minor rubbing), orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Yojuin, 1759. First edition of the first book to describe the first officially sanctioned dissection in Japan. Until the 18th century, Japanese medicine closely followed Chinese practices which did not regard anatomy as relevant to pathology or therapy. Additionally, there were strong social pressures against the use of dissections for medical research. Yamawaki (1705-62), a member of one of the greatest medical families of Japan, studied traditional medicine under both Goto Gonzan and Kagawa Shuan but was far more interested in what could be achieved on an empirical basis. He developed a healthy skepticism toward the theories of the internal organs as used in Chinese medicine and wanted to know more about the structure of the human body and the functions of its organs. "Toyo' ... Read more

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24 folding leaves, and one blank leaf at beginning & end. Large 8vo (260 x 185 mm.), orig. brown wrappers (extremities a trifle worn), label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan: ca. 1885]. A delightful album containing 99 exquisite studies by Toshinobu Yamazaki (1857-86), the precocious printmaker and illustrator of books and newspapers, as well as an obstreperous disciple of the great Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92). Accounts vary on much of Yamazaki's life, but scholars agree that he grew up in Edo and first studied under Utagawa Kunisada. At the age of 13, he began to train under the tutelage of Yoshitoshi, who recognized his talents and permitted him to incorporate Yoshitoshi's name into his own. Yamazaki's alleged theft of some of his master's drawings precipitated a move to Osaka, where he created illustrations for novels, including several by Udagawa Bunkai (1848-1930). Around 1880, Yamazaki fell victim to alcoholism, and his output plummeted. His final years were spent in ... Read more

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Numerous woodcuts in the text. 80; 68 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, stitched as issued. [China]: Xishan wen chang gong, 1844. The teachings of the Taoist deity Wenchang, sometimes known as the "God of Literature," as given in his Tract of the Quiet Way, is a guide to the conduct of life and ethical behavior. This ancient text is one of the three most important Taoist Holy Scriptures for advising the good, along with Lao-Tzu's Treatise on the Response of the Tao and Holy Emperor Guan's True Scripture to Awaken the World. The commentaries by Zheng Yan (15th century) and Zhenguan Huang (active 1713-55) were first published in 1777 but without illustrations. Our edition contains a series of fine woodcuts with depictions of karma on the lower half of many of the pages and text above. Wenchang's text is presented with the commentaries of Yan and Huang. One of the prefaces is printed in "seal script." Fine set, with mostly marginal worming. World ... Read more

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3 p.l., 482 pp. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (upper joint expertly repaired), single gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Nicoll, 1768. "The second edition, corrected and enlarged" of Young's first book. "The book supported the bounty on the export of corn and introduced some of his enduring themes: the cultivation of waste lands, enclosure as a preliminary to improvement, and the superiority of large farms."-ODNB. "The energy, the enthusiasm, the ambition and the insatiable curiosity of the youthful Arthur Young launched him...into a career of farm reporting (and later, of the administration of a tentative essay in national agricultural education) which for comprehensiveness, scope and intensity has never since been equalled."-Trow-Smith, A History of British Livestock Husbandry 1700-1900, p. 70. Of particular interest here is the long seventh chapter on population and poverty. There are also references to the North Americ ... Read more

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16 p.l., 399 pp. 8vo, attractive calf-backed marbled boards (some foxing), spine gilt, black morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Robinson & Roberts, 1771. First edition of one of the most popular books by the leading agricultural writer of the late 18th and early 19th century; numerous editions appeared over the next fifty years. Very good copy with half-title.

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Five engraved plates (three are folding) & one woodcut in the text. 1 p.l., xxiv, 539, [1] pp; 1 p.l., 416 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. speckled calf, flat spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: H. Goldney for T. Cadell, 1780. Second edition (the first edition appeared earlier in the same year) and a handsome set. This work "was well received at the time, and has since become a valuable source as one of the few accounts of conditions in Ireland at this time. Among other subjects Young had much to say on commercial policy and the activities of the Dublin Society; and in addition Young attacked the practice of subletting land to middlemen and made some interesting observations on the living conditions of the poor."-ODNB. Fine set.

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One large folding engraved plate. 56 pp. 8vo, stitched as issued (half-title a little soiled), uncut. London: W. Nicoll, 1767. First edition and quite rare. "In this little pamphlet of 56 pages Young assumed that Clive would spend part of his reputedly tremendous fortune made in India in purchasing land, since 'consequence and importance in this kingdom are more annexed' to land than to money. He urged Clive to purchase a large estate of waste land which should be enclosed, brought into cultivation, and turned into a vast experimental farm for crop rotations, various methods of soil treatment, new crops, and scientific stock breeding. He estimated the initial expense as about 26,000 pounds, but predicted that in time the profits might amount to 2000 pounds a year. But Young also had plenty of plans for spending the profits. To be useful the experiments should be published. The remainder of the profits could well be applied for agricultural premiums, and to send a qualified person on an ... Read more

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Two engraved plates. 4, vii, [1], 432 pp. 8vo, cont. polished tree calf, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Smith, 1802. "Second edition, enlarged and improved" (1st ed.: 1801) of this compendium of agricultural advice extracted from various works including Marshall's Rural Economy, Hunter's Georgical Essays, and Curtis's Practical Observations on the British Grasses. Young (1741-1820), "was not only the best-known agricultural reformer and publicist of his time, with an international reputation, but also a figure of importance in the political and social issues of the day. He had an extraordinary capacity for work...In an age of hazardous roads he travelled many thousands of miles, a high proportion of them on horseback or on foot, and he still found energy to write up his day's notes and perhaps some letters in his inn room at night. Some modern historians have criticized his agricultural work and have compared him unfavourably with his r ... Read more

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Finely handcolored engraved frontis. map & two folding engraved plates (one with some foxing). [3]-15, 314 pp. 8vo, cont. polished half-cal & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, blue morocco lettering piece on spine. London: B. Macmillan for G. Nicol et al., 1797. Second and fullest edition; a preliminary version had been published as a 92-page quarto in 1794. The first of six contributions by Young to the extraordinary series of county agricultural surveys inaugurated by Sir John Sinclair, when he became the first president of the new Board of Agriculture in 1793. Young in fact had misgivings about the vast project, and complained privately of Sinclair's "incessant printing." In this work, Young found much to praise: the rich tenant farmers, the practice of hollow draining, the system of crop rotations, and the excellent roads. However, there is a long section near the end on the impoverished inhabitants of the county. A very fine copy, lacking the half-title and, as usual, t ... Read more

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4 p.l., 182, [6] pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive modern calf, Greek key motif in gilt round sides, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Bury St. Edmund's: J. Rackham for W. Richardson, 1793. Second edition, enlarged. The first edition was published earlier in the same year; this work quickly ran to four editions and was translated into French, German, and Italian. Young's earlier Travels to France (1792), though acknowledged as a first-rate work, had been considered rather too uncritical of the French Revolution to gain much readership in England. "Young's experiences in France brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent of the revolution and a conservative in English matters. He was highly critical of the ancien régime but, equally, he attacked the excesses of the revolution, and now he was fearful of the consequences of reform in England, necessary though it was. ... Read more

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One folding handcolored engraved map & nine engraved plates (two folding). [iii]-xix, 236 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (rebacked, minor foxing). London: Printed by B. McMillan for G. & W. Nicol et al., 1804. First edition, published in the great series initiated by the Board of Agriculture from 1793, of which Young was secretary. Young's account of Hertfordshire is generally recognized to be one of the best in the series. Very good copy with the bookplate of Robert Clutterbuck (1772-1831), author of The History and Antiquities of the County of Hertford (1815-27). Half-title lacking.

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Folding engraved frontis. 15, [1], 328 pp. 8vo, cont. sprinkled calf, spine gilt. Dublin: S. Powell, 1771. First edition of this amalgamation of Young's Six Weeks Tour through the Southern Counties (1768) and Six Month' Tour through the North of England (1769). Baker (d. 1775) published several works suggested by Young under the auspices of the Dublin Society. "Arthur Young thought all these books very valuable...and would have been pleased to edit them for publication in England, where they were very scarce, if he could have found a bookseller prepared to guarantee him against loss, but he could not do so. His opinion was shared by the Royal Society, which elected Baker a Fellow in 1771, and by the Royal Society of Arts."-Fussell, II, p. 53. "Young was an honorary member of the Dublin Society and probably attended some of its meetings. He praised the Society for many of its activities but felt that it spent too much of its generous parliamentary appropriations upon manufactur ... Read more

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2 p.l., 73 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Richardson, 1797. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title: "From the Author." Young's trips to France were primarily to look at French farms and farming techniques. His trips also gave him an excellent perspective on the political upheavals of the country. "Young's experiences in France brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent of the revolution and a conservative in English matters. He was highly critical of the ancien régime but, equally, he attacked the excesses of the revolution, and now he was fearful of the consequences of reform in England, necessary though it was."-ODNB. This work deals with Young's proposal for the formation of a voluntary yeomanry to defend England from any possible French invasion. F ... Read more

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28 engraved plates (many are folding) & six folding printed tables. Four vols. 8vo, cont. polished calf (each lower joint with a slight crack, head of one spine with the slightest chip), spines finely & richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: W. Strahan et al., 1770. First edition, and a lovely set in attractive contemporary bindings. "On this tour Young travelled 2,500 miles from Bradfield to the northern boundary of England, across country westward, and so in a wide sweep back home, and he collected statistical data from some 250 farms of all sizes and descriptions. These data he attempted to assemble in which is perhaps the first farm survey ever undertaken by an individual in order to use them in the discussion of current farming problems."-Fussell, II, p. 72. The text includes a great many statistics on agricultural wages, local variations of method and diet, the state of roads, and even the character of the inns in which Young stayed. Fine set ... Read more

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