Kumno Zui Taisei Kyûkôdô.
Item ID 51811
Kyoto, . Illustrated encyclopaedia for young people. 21 parts in 10 [all published]. 8vo size (21.9 x 15.4 cm; box 23.6 x 17.0 x 8.8 cm). Text in Japanese; 150 wood engravings. Original blue stiff stitched paper wrappers. Contained in a nice recent drop back box with copied illustrations from the book. A nice example of an early Japanese encyclopaedia, first published in 1666, with about 1,500 identifiable subjects, including the human body, agriculture, hunting, fishing, quadrupeds, birds, fishes, snakes, shells, insects, vegetables, fruits, trees, herbs and flowers. In fact, the vast majority is on natural history subjects. The wood engravings are of great artistic quality and very well preserved. Formerly owned by Rudolph von Willemoes-Suhm (1847-1875). He handwrote an English translation of the title and made some more notes in German, dated Osaka, Mai 1875. Willemoes-Suhm was one of the scientists on board the famous Challenger Expedition (1873-1876). He died of erysipelas about four months after his visit to Osaka when the Challenger was sailing from Hawaii to Tahiti, and was buried at sea. He was the sole crew member of this expedition who died during the voyage. His handwritten text was one of the last things he ever wrote. Willemoes-Suhms copy bought and inscribed by him... one of the last things he ever wrote