# 38365

POMPE VAN MEERDERVOORT, Johannes Lijdius Catharinus (1829-1908)

Beknopte handleiding tot de geneesmiddelleer : ten gebruike van de Keizerlijke Japansche Geneeskundige School te Nagasaki.

USD $16,500

Desima [Nagasaki] : ter Nederlandsche Drukkerij, 1862. Octavo (190 mm), contemporary Japanese binding of half calf over marbled papered boards, mauve endpapers, the front free-endpaper with early inscription in Japanese and straight-line stamp of the Deutsche Jesuiten-Mission Japan e. V. Köln, half title with circular stamp of the same library and early Japanese owner’s seal stamp in red, pp [2], xi, [1], 382; a fine copy; loosely inserted at rear is a cutting from an old Japanese bookseller’s catalogue illustrating the title page of this book; housed in a custom gilt-lettered morocco and cloth clamshell box.

A significant example of a book printed by the Dutch at their trading post on the tiny artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbour, during the Bakumatsu (late Edo) period. 

The author of this book, a Brief guide to medicine: for use of the Imperial Japanese Medical School in Nagasaki, was J.L.C. Pompe van Meerdervoort, a Dutch physician based in Nagasaki. Meerdervoort taught medicine, chemistry and photography at the Nagasaki Naval Training Centre, and also helped establish a medical school and hospital. His memoirs Vijf jaren in Japan (1857-63) were published in 1867-68.

Nineteenth-century Dejima imprints are of the utmost rarity.

Not in Cordier, Japonica.

Not in OCLC; no copy located in auction records.