1973. Item #88052
[MATERIA MEDICA] Li Shizhen; translated by Suzuki Masaumi, et al.. Shinchû Kôtei KOKUYAKU HONSÔ KÔMOKU. Shunyôdô, Tôkyô, Shôwa 48  15 volumes, bound Western-style in decorated cloth over boards, slipcases. The late 16th century Chinese materia medica, Honzô Kômoku, was imported into Japan by the early 17th century. The first japanese edition appeared in 1637, the definitve enlarged Japanese edition in 1714, with native japanese plants added. The Edo era versions were printed in classical Chinese with diacritical marks (kanbun) to aid the Japanese reader. This set at hand was translated into modern postwar Japanese and is thus useful to a contemporary Japanese audience. One of the most important guides to the medicinal uses of plants in East Asia. It should be noted that the binding decorations are after designs by the famous artist Tsuda Seifû, here still in excellent, clean condition. Complete.