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Title within typographical border. 8 p.l., 303 pp. Small 4to, 18th-cent. mottled calf (carefully rebacked by Trevor Lloyd, some occasional browning & soiling), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: J.M. for R. Wodnothe, 1655. Third edition, greatly enlarged (1st ed.: 1651), of one of Hartlib's most substantial works, consisting chiefly of letters to Hartlib by Cressy Dymock and Robert Child. "The Legacie deals with a large variety of subjects, among which are Saint Foine; Ploughs and Carriages; Digging, Setting and Howing; Smut and Mildew; Orchards; Hemp and Flax; Manuring; Bees; Silke-worms; the general ignorance, and various experiments, etc. The reference to the cultivation of lucerne in England is stated by Miss Aslin to be the earliest extant, but the distinction between the various grasses is so vague in these early works that it might be difficult fully to substantiate this remark."-Fussell, I, pp. 43-44. Very good copy.

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Several full-page woodcut illus. 40; 37 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers. Osaka, Edo, & Kyoto: 1836. [with]: -. Sanka tangan zushiki [Illustrated Manual of Obstetrical Forceps Use]. Accordion-printed album with 33 double-page illus. Two parts in one vol. Thick 8vo, orig. boards (quite rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover. [Kyoto?]: 1837. First edition and a rare complete set, including the two volumes of illustrated text and the atlas, all in fine condition. "Perhaps the most fascinating of the old books on obstetrics in the writer's collection is a Japanese obstetrical atlas printed in one 'accordion-style' volume, composed by Sansetsu or Gihaku or Yoshihiro Mizuhara (1782-1864) and published in 1837 with the title Sanka zushiki. Mizuhara is now considered to have been the 'Semmelweis of Japan,' credited with saving many lives of both mother and child because of his know ... Read more

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Eight columns per page; 17 characters per column. 65; 50; 52; 52; 45; 54; 48; 43; 38; 45; 65 folding leaves. 20 parts & table of contents in 11 vols. Large 8vo (285 x 205 mm.), orig. chestnut-colored semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed labels on upper covers, new stitching. Japan: ca. 1596-1620. One of several moveable type editions printed in Japan of the collected poetry of Huang (1045-1105), calligrapher, painter, and poet of the Song dynasty. The founder of the Jiangxi school of poetry, he is known as one of the Four Masters of the Song dynasty, along with Su Shi, Mi Fu, and Cai Xiang. Yuan Ren (fl. 1144), has provided a commentary. This is a finely printed moveable type edition, and this copy was offered in Shigeo Sorimachi's remarkable catalogue of moveable type Japanese books of 1972, item 173 (in trans.): "ca. 1596-1620 (Keicho, mid-Genna), large typeface, refined and correct type, layout is classic and impressive, has the prestige of Keicho editions. Every volume uses ... Read more

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Numerous woodcut illus. in the text including one with three moving volvelles & another with one volvelle. 12 folded leaves; 14 folded leaves; 17 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers with orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka: 1808. First edition of this very rare encyclopedia based on Dutch science and medicine. The first volume deals with western astronomy and discusses Newton's theory of gravitation, the surface of the moon, the use of the telescope, and the laws of optics. Vol. II describes earthquakes, rainbows, meteorology including typhoons, barometers, lightning and thunder, magnetism, etc. The third volume is devoted to the anatomy of the human body, psychology, pharmaceutical recipes to cure migraines, abortion, urinalysis, electro therapy, etc., etc. Hirose (d. ca. 1818), a student of Genpaku Sugita, was an early practitioner of Western medicine in Japan. Fine set. First volume has some minor marginal worming to first ... Read more

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vi, [2], 602 pp., one leaf of errata. 4to, fine cont. tree calf (very slightly worn at head), gilt borders on sides, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: R. Faulder, 1797. First edition and a lovely copy. This book was written at a pivotal point in the history of geology, after the publication of Hutton's Theory of the Earth (1795) but before Playfair's Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802). It was a time when no theory had been generally accepted and Biblical theories were still widely current. Howard's substantial book is a review of some current theories and the exposition of his own. The theories he reviews are those of Bailly, Buffon, Wallerius and Hutton. His own theory, while based on science, is Mosaical and is intended to be perfectly consistent with the Scriptures. Howard's theory of geology is one of nineteen reviewed by Accum in his A System of Theoretical and Practical Chemistry (1807), who devotes an entire page ... Read more

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Brush & ink and colors. Scroll (284 x 13,800 mm.), fine front endpaper with silk & gold. [Japan: late Edo]. A very beautiful and accomplished scroll, painted by Goshun (or Gekki) Matsumura (1752-1811), founder of the Shijo school of painting, "which combined elements of shaseiga ('life-drawing painting'), developed by Maruyama Okyo, and Bunjinga ('literati painting'), practised by his early mentor Yosa Buson...The name Shijo school reflects the location of Goshun's painting studio on Shijo (fourth) street in Kyoto."-Oxford Art online. As a painter, Matsumura had a mastery of the use of space while maintaining complete control of the brush. Our scroll, which has Matsumura's characteristic seal of his first name at the beginning, depicts the famous Japanese folklore story of Momotaro ("Peach Boy"), which first appeared in the late Muromachi period (1392-1573). It was passed down orally until the Edo period, when it became portrayed in picture scrolls ... Read more

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[Japan: early Meiji, ca. 1875]. An unusually finely illustrated scroll on copper refining, illustrated by Suian Hirafuku. The Ani-kozan silver and copper mine in Akita prefecture has been in operation since the late 16th century. Silver was extracted in the early years. In 1672, veins of copper ore were discovered there, and by 1716 it became the largest producer of copper in Japan. The copper was ultimately shipped to Nagasaki for export by the Dutch East India Company to European and Asian markets. By the late 1670s, Japan had become the largest copper producing and exporting country in the world (replacing Sweden and replaced by China in the 1740s). Copper mining, refining, and exporting were the early primary businesses of what became the Sumitomo Corporation. Our scroll depicts the hai-fuki-doko process to gain copper by cupellation. The scroll begins at the mouth of the mine. We then see a group of men and women breaking up the ore using hammers. The ore is then carried on workers' ... Read more

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Many woodcut illus., some full-page & double-page. Eleven columns per page; 21 characters per column. Mis-paginations in Vols. 3, 7, & 8. Ten vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Japan: Prefaces dated 1786 & 1851. A privately printed edition of this famous text and an extremely rare example of a mokkatsujiban (a moveable wooden type Japanese book printed after 1653; for a fascinating discussion, see Kornicki, The Book in Japan, pp. 159-63). Hayashi (1738-93), was a Japanese scholar and a specialist in military affairs. In 1777, he travelled to Nagasaki, where he was greatly impressed by the size and strength of the Dutch ships. While there, he also learned of the Russian intentions to advance south from Siberia into Asia. This promted him to go to the northernmost island of Hokkaido to study the situation. As a result of this journey, he became alarmed at the weakness of Japan's coastal defenses and ignorance of ... Read more

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Title-page, 1 (of two, lacking second leaf of first Foreword), 2, 8, 2, 21, 35, 19 folding leaves. Three vols. in one. Large 8vo, orig. aubergine wrappers (some light staining in gutter of first ten leaves, a few leaves with minor mostly marginal worming), block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Edo: Suharaya Ihachi, 1805. [with]: -. [Ihan teiko naisho dobanzu] [trans.: Copperplate Engravings of Organs of Ihan teiko]. Title-page, one leaf of foreword, 16 engraved plates, each with facing printed explanatory text, two pages of "Afterword" and colophon. Large 8vo, bound accordion-style within old wooden boards. Edo: Suharaya Ihachi, 1808. First edition of this important and remarkable book. "In 1805 Genshin or Shinsai Udagawa (1769-1834) published his Ihan teiko, which was a manual of anatomy in three volumes of text, based on the works of Stephanus Blankaart (more correctly, Stephen Blancard), Jean Palfyn (or Palfin), and Jakob Benigus Winslow. Interestingl ... Read more

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292 plates in black & white and sepia. 14 unnumbered leaves. 4to, orig. green half-morocco & green cloth (spine slightly faded & upper hinge slightly rubbed), spine gilt, t.e.g. London: Privately Printed, [1904]. The rare privately printed catalogue of Old Master drawings sold to J. Pierpont Morgan for nearly $4,000,000 in today's money. Murray (1849-1919), involved in all aspects of the art world in the course of his life, began to amass this collection while serving as an agent for the Director of the National Gallery and several private collectors in Italy. He helped cultivate American collectors new on the scene and guided the development of some of the most illustrious collections. After he had sold his collections of rare books and most of his art, this collection of about 1400 drawings remained and proved to be his most significant sale. The 292 plates capture the highlights of the collection by artists such as Botticelli, Del Sarto, Raphael, Caravaggio, Caracci, Breughel, ... Read more

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Engraved frontis. printed in pale blue. 17, [1]. [v]-xii [i.e. xiv], 152 pp. 8vo, orig. red straight-grained morocco (a bit rubbed), sides with single gilt fillet, spine gilt, a.e.g. Bath: "sold by the Booksellers in Bath; C. Dilly, London; and by the Secretary to the Society," 1799. "Second edition. With Considerable Additions." In the 18th century, the city of Bath enjoyed a rich and varied musical life with frequent subscription concerts, performances in the morning in the Pump Room, and balls in the Assembly Rooms in the evenings. There were also "breakfast" concerts as early as 1747 and an active glee club under the direction of Dr. Henry Harington, who also composed glees. The Bath Harmonic Society was founded in 1795 by the Rev. Mr. Bowen. It sponsored splendid entertainments at the Sydney Gardens and other locations with as many as 1200 persons enjoying breakfast and music. During the season the Society also met every week at the White Hart Inn where songs, ... Read more

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Five full-page woodcuts, woodcuts in the text, & one full-page diagram. 39 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little tired & rubbed, minor soiling), orig. block-printed title label on spine, new stitching. Kyoto: privately printed before ca. 1640. An early and extremely rare edition, privately printed with movable type, of the foundation work of Japanese flower arrangement (ikebana or kado). We find no copy of any early edition outside of Japan. With the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century, the custom of offering flowers on the Buddhist altar became common. Ikebana developed through the process of experimentation with new approaches and techniques for placing flowers in Chinese vases. The art developed slowly, and rules began to be formulated in the 15th century. Sendensho refers to the style of flower arrangement called rikka in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Our work provides a comprehensive guide to the flower arrangement, including theory. The postscript a ... Read more

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Senkeiban [Illustrations of "Tray" Garden Landscapes]

SUMIE (or SUMINOE), Buzen & Aizan, artists

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24 color-printed woodcut illus., of which six are double-page & 18 are full-page. 20 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Osaka or Kyoto: very likely issued privately, Preface dated 1808]. First edition, posthumously published, of this extremely rare work by Buzen Sumie (1734-1806), edited by his son, Aizan. WorldCat locates no copy of our edition; there was a later edition issued in 1826 with rather different images and color palette. The Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books does not record a copy. Small tray or pot landscapes - known in the Edo period as senkeiban - have their origins in 10th century China. The "trays" (in Chinese zhan jing pan or penjing) were made out of copper or pottery. They were filled with soil, rocks, pebbles, sand, plants, and miniature trees, forming elaborately conceived miniature garden landscapes. The landscapes are clearly Chinese in style, with moun ... Read more

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Color frontis. & 55 plates & facsimiles (several tipped-in & in color). Large 8vo, orig. vellum-backed cloth, spine gilt, dust-jacket slightly marked, t.e.g, others uncut. N.p.: Privately Printed, 1914. The scarce catalogue of a remarkable collection which was chiefly devoted to association copies of 19th-century English writers. Profusely illustrated and annotated with a final section on bindings and extra-illustrated books. Smith formed his "Sentimental Library" when prices for this kind of material were comparatively low, and acquired items of superlative quality, such as autograph letters and presentation copies from Dickens, Shelley, Keats, Lamb and Rossetti. The catalogue, by Smith himself, was described by A. Edward Newton as "the only completely readable catalogue ever compiled." The 1915 purchase of the "Sentimental Library" by Dr. Rosenbach for $79,000 was his first major coup (see Wolf & Fleming, Rosenbach, pp. 89-90). Fine copy from the l ... Read more

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One folding printed table. vi, 84, 195 pp., one leaf of colophon. 8vo, cont. blue paste-paper boards (a bit worn), uncut. Firenze: G. Molini, 1803. Fourth (in spite of the title-page) and final edition and rather scarce. "The opening sentence of the preface in the first three editions of this work makes it clear that 'this is not a catalogue of books printed by the Aldine Press, but a collection intended to lead to a more complete and disciplined study.' The list of Aldine imprints is based on the collection of Cardinal Étienne-Charles de Loménie de Brienne (1727-1794), whose librarian François Xavier Laire (1738-1799) is the anonymous, attributed author, or compiler, of the work. The author kindly asks readers for corrections, particularly as they related to items that are included incorrectly as Aldine imprints, or are overlooked and should be added. Such notices are to be sent to Abbot Antonio Cesare Burgassi, who, for this reason, is often assigned the authorsh ... Read more

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Eight vertical lines of text per page. 98 folding leaves. Oblong 8vo (144 x 206 mm.), orig. (or very early) dark thick wrappers, new stitching. [Nara?: Manjuya Hayashi Soji, ca. 1532-73]. One of the earliest surviving setsuyoshu, the essential Japanese dictionary, "one of the mainstays of the publishing industry and...probably the most likely book to be found in a house of few books."-Kornicki, The Book in Japan, p. 248. Widely used from the 15th century through the early Meiji period; there were more than 500 editions in many styles, additions, and formats. All early editions are extremely rare, as they were used to death. Anonymously compiled sometime in the second half of the 15th century, setsuyoshu was originally a dictionary used for looking up Chinese characters using the Japanese reading of that character or word. Through the 16th century, it remained a Japanese language dictionary of characters appropriate to the vocabulary popular in Muromachi times, with occasional word comme ... Read more

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48 full-page woodcuts. 25 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers rather tired, occasional light staining), new stitching. N.p.: 1658. First edition and very rare; WorldCat does not locate a copy. This is a very early and highly specialized monograph describing the design and construction of 48 different kinds of shelves, each with a specific purpose. They include staggered shelves; shelves to display art objects; shelves with pillars; ornamental shelves; shelves built to hold heavy loads; shelves which can be used as desks; a shelf for a bird cage; shelves to display fans; shelves to suggest cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and pine, willow and maple trees; folding shelves; shelves with sliding doors; shelves for baskets; shelves tall enough for a two story house; symmetrical pairs of shelves; shelves for religious and ceremonial objects; shelves to store kimono; etc., etc. The colophon leaf states that the designs and techniques of construction had hitherto been passed on by word-of-m ... Read more

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Four very large woodblock printed folding plates, many tables & diagrams in the text. 2, 8, 19 folding leaves. Large 8vo (255 x 183 mm.), orig. aubergine semi-stiff patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan]: 1857. The very rare first edition in Japanese of an elaborate analysis of the muzzle-loading Minié rifle, an innovative French infantry weapon of the mid-19th century. The translator, Kosaburo Akamatsu (1831-67), was a rangaku scholar and an important military scientist. He translated several other Western military works. This is a translation of Booms's Verhandeling over het schot der draagbare vuurwapens (1st ed.: 1855). Booms (1822-97) was a Dutch general and military historian. After Commodore Perry's two expeditions, the Japanese stockpiled Western weapons and amassed books on military strategy and weapons in preparation for a hostile invasion. Akamatsu was introduced to Western firearms and tactics in Nagasaki at a ... Read more

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45 woodcut illus. in the text. 29 folding leaves. Three vols. in one. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (rather rubbed, some light dampstaining), remains of block-printed title label on upper cover, modern stitching. [Kyoto]: Osumi Seibei, [Foreword dated 1311, colophon dated 1675]. The third edition - preceded by an undated early 17th-century undated edition and a 1659 edition - of this collection of dissertations on moxibustion and acupuncture. It concerns moxibustion treatment for adults and children with 36 pictures of adults and nine of children, illustrating the locations of acupuncture points with explanations of efficacies. This edition is notable for presenting an entirely new set of woodcuts, smaller in size. This work is a commentary and explanation of the Ling-shu, which "formed [along with the Su Wen] the theoretical basis of classical Chinese medicine...the Ling-shu...discusses mainly therapy - mostly centered on medicinal prescriptions, but also including physical therapies such as bo ... Read more

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Shinkyu shisho [Acupuncture and Moxibustion]

IMAMURA, Akira (or Ryoan or Riyo)

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Numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. [31] folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers a little rubbed), orig. block printed title label on upper cover (label a little defective), new stitching. Kyoto & Tokyo: 1864. First edition and rare. Imamura (1814-90), a leading doctor and historian of Japanese medicine, was physician to the future Emperor Taisho when he was a youth. Imamura, professor of medicine at Tokyo University, found that many of the contemporary Japanese works on acupuncture had strayed from the classic teachings of the Chinese physicians. In this work, Imamura makes a series of highly detailed and organized corrections to refine the fourteen meridians. The numerous striking woodcuts depict various parts of the body and pressure points. Very nice copy. Some light dampstaining. ❧ Mestler, Old Japanese Medical Books, I, p. 297.

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