Book/Printed Material Ben cao gang mu : wu shi er juan, fu tu er juan. 本草綱目 : 五十二卷, 附圖二卷.
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- Ben cao gang mu : wu shi er juan, fu tu er juan.
- 本草綱目 : 五十二卷, 附圖二卷.
- Printed during the Wanli period, Ben cao gang mu (Compendium of materia medica) is a work on an encyclopedic scale, in 52 juan of text with two juan of illustrations, in 25 volumes. It was compiled by Li Shizhen (circa 1518-93), a native of Sichuan, who was one of the greatest physicians, pharmacologists, and naturalists in Chinese history. After serving for only one year in the prestigious Imperial Medical Institute, Li returned home to work as a doctor and to begin writing this book. The work and its three revisions took 27 years to complete. The exact date of publication is unknown. Li collected the material by meticulously surveying hundreds of sources in the years 1552-78. He travelled extensively and gathered first-hand experience with herbs and local remedies throughout China, as well as consulted every medical book in print at the time. The result was this work of great scientific, medical, and historical significance. The compendium contains details on approximately 1,800 medicinal drugs, including previously unknown varieties, with illustrations and some 11,000 prescriptions. Each herb is described by its type, form, flavor, nature, and method of application. The work was reissued many times during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and since then. It has been translated into many languages, and is still considered the premier reference tool for Chinese herbal medicine. Also included are discussions on such related subjects as botany, zoology, mineralogy, and metallurgy. The author grouped his material into the categories of animal, mineral, and plant. Also included is a bibliography of 900 or so book titles. A label indicates that this copy was originally owned by Fujiyama of Izumo. The corrections, written in red ink on the top margins, were made by the Japanese medical scholar, Mori Tatsuyuki. The preface, dated 1590, is by Wang Shizhen (1526-90), a preeminent man of letters and historian of the Ming dynasty. World Digital Library.
- Zhao, Xuemin, 1719-1805.
- Cheng, Guoxiang, xu.
- Wang, Shizhen, 1526-1590, xu.
- Cheng, Sheng, xu.
- Cheng, Jiaxiang, xu.
- Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress).
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- [China : s.n.], Tongzhi 10 nian 
- - Also available in digital form.
- - 九行十八字. Nine lines, with eighteen characters per line.
- - 二十五冊四函. Twenty-five volumes in four cases.
- - 按此即金陵胡承龍所刻原板，蓋崇禎間售與新安程嘉祥攝元堂，故題銜均已剜改。輯書姓氏葉改為較書姓氏云:「新安婺源縣後學程嘉祥少岐甫較正重刻，賜進士出身中憲大夫江西袁州府知府前刑部郎中伯程汝繼簡閱，山東濟南府鄒平縣儒學教諭叔程陞較正，徽州府儒學廩生弟程士玉同較，歙縣門人宋宗殷仝較。」卷內有:「金氏圖書之記」，「南溟齋」等印記。程國祥(序)，王世貞(序)萬曆十八年 (1590)，程陞(序)崇禎十三年 (1640)，程嘉祥(序)崇禎十三年 (1640).
- - 清抄本. Qing Dynasty manuscript.
- - 此趙學敏所撰十二種凡百卷醫學書籍之一種也，學敏是書有同治十年張應昌校刻本，為傳鈔本也。持與刻本相校，編次時有不同，然長短互見，有不能以彼廢此者。按學敏自序署乾隆三十年，而卷內所記，有晚至嘉慶八年事者。蓋學敏業此書幾四十年，其用力之久，又加李時珍十年也. One of twelve medical books composed by Zhao Xuemin; verified and printed by Zhang Yingchang in 1871 as a manuscript version; contents vary from the woodblock edition; introduction by author Zhao Xuemin dated 1765; includes records dating as late as 1803; prefaces by Wang Shizhen (1590), Cheng Sheng (1640) and Cheng Jiaxiang (1640).
- 25 v. : maps
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- Cheng, Guoxiang
- Cheng, Jiaxiang
- Cheng, Sheng
- Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress)
- Wang, Shizhen
- Zhao, Xuemin
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Zhao, Xuemin, Guoxiang Cheng, Shizhen Wang, Sheng Cheng, Jiaxiang Cheng, and Chinese Rare Book Collection. Ben Cao Gang Mu: Wu Shi Er Juan, Fu Tu Er Juan. [China: s.n., Tongzhi 10 nian, 1871] Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012402161/.
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Zhao, X., Cheng, G., Wang, S., Cheng, S., Cheng, J. & Chinese Rare Book Collection. (1871) Ben Cao Gang Mu: Wu Shi Er Juan, Fu Tu Er Juan. [China: s.n., Tongzhi 10 nian] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012402161/.
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Zhao, Xuemin, et al. Ben Cao Gang Mu: Wu Shi Er Juan, Fu Tu Er Juan. [China: s.n., Tongzhi 10 nian, 1871] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2012402161/>.