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KAGAWA, GENTEKI [OR GEN'YU OR SHIKEI]. - [San Ron Yoku or Sanron Yoku depending on the transcriber].

Kyoto, Shirobei &c 1775 (Anei 4) Two volumes (260x178mm) wrappers with title labels and added manuscript; 32 more or less full page woodcut illustrations. Covers dusty, a small stain to the top edge at the very end and a mild patch of stain or discolouration on three leaves of illustrations. Signs of use but a pretty good copy. The owner's signature and seal reads Yazawa I'm told. ¶ First edition. According to the experts Japanese obstetrics has a definite birthdate. In 1765 Genetsu Kagawa published the Sanron, the first Japanese book on obstetrics and in 1775 his pupil Genteki Kagawa followed up with this - the Sanron Yoku - a revision and supplement to the Sanron which includes case histories and, more important to me, pictures. The Sanron was not illustrated. This is a bridge between traditional and modern - western influenced - medicine. Kagawa the younger disavowed the more terrifying of his master's tools and introduced new techniques based on European methods. This work was the basis of obstetrics until way into the 19th century. The captivating (given the subject) woodcuts are of gracefully formed, raven haired babies-to-be that can only be Japanese.
AUD 2400.00 [Appr.: EURO 1544.75 US$ 1826.51 | £UK 1371.25 | JP¥ 203180] Book number 8996

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