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Carpentry. Suzuki Shigeharu. - [Taisho Tekagami].

Nihonbashi (Tokyo), Suharaya Mohei 1764 (Horeki 14). Four volumes 27x18cm publisher's wrappers with title labels; a couple of diagrams in the first volume, illustrations and working drawings throughout the rest. A touch of worming; pretty good. ¶ Probably first published in 1721; I found no editions between that and this one and then no more until the 1980s. A pattern book for shrine or temple carpenter/builders which seems to start with site - the first diagram explains points of the compass - and goes through framing and rooves to interior shelves and carving designs. I've wondered who these early building manuals were for. Not just in Japan; in England and Europe I think they were for owners and architects - once such a thing existed - to get some idea how how a building was constructed. In Tokugawa Japan, where control of the building trade was fiercely held by one or two families and the master carpenter was the architect, why were they published? Were they text books to be used within the family and guilds - by senior craftsmen who could read? Or were they spoilers by would be competitors trying break the stranglehold on trade secrets. Most surviving copies of these pattern books are grimy wrecks which suggests either apprentices or tradesmen fairly low on the pecking order used them but did books for actual working people exist in the west or east at this time? What need was there for a man with saw, mallet and chisel to know how to lay out a complex roof? Titles usually state they are for master craftsmen but what need of them did they have? Building regulations changed suprisingly often from the middle of the 17th century onwards - which is when these books began to proliferate - so were they to brush up on the latest standards? When there's a fifty year gap between the first and second edition? That's what edicts are for. There must be studies of the books and their purpose but I'm yet to find anything in English.
AUD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 123.75 US$ 133.03 | £UK 108.75 | JP¥ 17394] Book number 11004

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