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Kodo Zuroku: Illustrated Book on the Smelting of Copper: A Facsimile of the Original Edition
Masuda Tsuna (au); Niwa Motokuni Tokei (il); Cyril Stanley Smith (in)
Facsimile of the original book (ca. 1801), written by Masuda Tsuna (d. 1821), who describes himself as an employee of the Sumitomo clan of Osaka. Contains 22 full-page woodblock prints showing details of stages in the production of copper from the mine through smelting & de-silverization to casting of forms for the market, together with drawings of the various tools employed. Each illus. bears a short account of the operation depicted in it, written in Japanese using “hiragana” & Chinese characters. Then follow 12 pages of text in Chinese, which repeats with more detail the account of the operations, together with a short account of the Sumitomo family & its involvement in the copper industry. This ed. is enhanced by an English translation by Zenryu Shiraikawa.
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