No publication details. Edo. [Reprint]. Stock ID #164210
Four volumes (volumes 4 - 7 only) bound in on.e Japanese Edo period woodblock picture dictionary, Black and white illustrations, 25 leaves. Traditional Japanese 4 hole stab binding on double leaves, title labels laid down upper cover, in original blue wrappers. Lacks washi endpaper on lower cover. Covers heavily worn with loss particularly at edges, paper title label creased with some minor loss, string ties broken and repaired with a modern rather course string. Text in Japanese. 22.4 x 16.2cm. "Annotated and Expanded Illustrated Dictionary for Beginners, Parts 4-7" 卷 4 人物; 卷 5. 身體 ; 卷 6. 衣服; 卷 7. 寶貨. Single volume containing parts 4 to 7 of the picture dictionary/encyclopedia composed by Confucian scholar Nakamura Tekisai (1629-1702). This work, which was first published in 1695, is a revised and expanded version of Nakamura's earlier "Kinmo Zui", published in 1666. It was subsequently reprinted and circulated in several editions. Nakamura's encyclopedia was highly influential, and Dutch physician Engelbert Kaempfer incorporated a number of illustrations from the work into his "History of Japan", first published in 1727. Tekisai drew partly on Chinese models, including an encyclopedia by Wang Qi which had been published in Japanese version in 1607, but he includes abundant additional Japanese material.
This volume is particularly interesting because it contains the section of the encyclopedia dealing with "people", which presents a vivid image of the status groups and peoples of the world as they were seen by Japanese people in the 17th century. This begins with detailed illustrations of the various ranks of nobles, samurai, artisans, merchants and groups classified as "outcaste". The many professions and occupations illustrated include priests, nuns, hermits, actors, weaving women, bow makers, leather workers ,sumo wrestlers and ronin (masterless warriors). This is followed by illustrations of "Southern Barbarians" (Europeans), Ainu, Chinese, Koreans, Mongols, the people of Ryukyu (Okinawans) and other groups, ending with increasingly fanciful images of pygmies and people with long ears. Other sections of the volume cover parts of the body (including illustrations of internal organs); types of clothing; and precious materials (metals, but also materials such as coral and silk). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 164210).
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