Zoho Kashira Gaki Kimmozui [trans.: An Illustrated Encyclopedia].
by NAKAMURA, Tekisai.
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 193 folding leaves. 21 vols. bound in eight. 8vo, orig. wrappers (somewhat worn & rubbed), orig. block printed title labels on upper covers (rubbed & frayed), new stitching. N.p.: 1695. An early edition of this important and richly illustrated encyclopedia (1st ed.: 1666). This encyclopedia covers astronomy, geography, architecture, occupations of every sort and level, anatomy, pharmacology, natural history, costumes, valuable art objects, tools, musical instruments, fireworks, toys, arms and armor, various kinds of boats and carriages, agricultural tools, weaving, basketry, mills, carpenters' tools, hydraulic machinery, fishing equipment, clocks, household furniture, cosmetics, cooking utensils, dinner ware, decorative ceramics, tea ceremony utensils, weighing scales, knife sharpeners, cleaning utensils, armillary spheres, archery, games (including go), street entertainers, Buddhist ceremonial ornaments, furniture for temples, coffins, the animal world (including imaginary animals and endless species of fish), rice and grains and their finished products, vegetables and fruits, trees, flowers and plants, philosophers, historical figures in Japan and China, famous artists and poets, and deities. Nakamura (1629-1702), was a Confucian scholar and therefore was well-educated enough to write such a broad-ranged encyclopedia. He was an authority in astronomy, surveying, and music theory. Some worming here and there touching the text, otherwise a very good set. Rare when complete. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5384)
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