# 22355


An illustrated Chinese medical manuscript in a Japanese binding of the late Edo period.

[First half of the 19th century]. Manuscript in a Japanese kari toji (temporary) binding with plain wrappers, 260 x 185 mm, [40] leaves, with 70 full page hand painted illustrations depicting both Chinese and westerners suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, including smallpox, carcinomas and tumors, gangrene, renal disease, and haemoptysis, with accompanying text in Chinese; water staining to wrappers and around the gutter edges of the leaves, and some worming; complete.

This compelling manuscript, with its lurid and graphic representations of many common (yet gruesome) medical conditions, was perhaps bound for a Japanese doctor for use as a diagnostic manual. Worthy of note are the anonymous compiler’s use of numerous illustrations of “foreigners” as medical subjects.