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Kodo Zuroku: Illustrated Book on the Smelting of Copper: A Facsimile of the Original Edition
Facsimile of the original book (ca. 1801), written

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By Masuda Tsuna (au); Niwa Motokuni Tokei (il); Cyril Stanley Smith (in)
Year: 1983
Pages: 96
Binding Paperback
ISBN none

Product Code: 1422363767

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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