/Shinkyuu Bassui [= A collection on acupuncture]

Osaka: Saburouemon Shibata, 1685. 5 vols, ff. 29, 21, 21, 17, 29; 9 text illustrations depicting parts of the body, acupuncture points, and the use of needles; brown stab-stitched paper boards; boards soiled and worn, a couple labels partially perished, ownership marks in pen on covers, one corner of vol. 5 nibbled away but not affecting text, minimal worming in gutters, occasional dampstaining again in gutters (mostly in vol. 1), a good, sound set. An early and influential treatise on acupuncture, from which many later texts drew their information. In 22 chapters it describes the treatment of specific points of the body, various needles and how to use them, differences in treatment between men and women, the philosophy behind acupuncture, and other relevant subjects. "Some of the illustrations contained in this work are apparently the originals of those reproduced in the section on moxibustion and acupuncture in Fujikawa's classic history of medicine in Japan, the Nihon igakushi." (Mestler) Mestler, A galaxy of old Japanese medical books with miscellaneous notes on Early Medicine in Japan, p. 476. 1 copy only in OCLC as of Feb. 2018. Item #52401

Price: $2,500.00

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