Flowers of Edo

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Flowers of Edo

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Author: PIE International Ed


ISBN: 9784756251886

Date: 1st October, 2019

Publisher: PIE

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We have breathed new life into a key historical botanical art book from the Edo period. Herbalism (Phytomedicine), the study of plants and minerals used for medical purposes, has long been popular in China. As herbalism developed, it was brought to Japan in the eighth century and, by the seventeenth century, became a fully fledged field of study. "Honzou-zufu", which was published in 1828 by Kanen Iwasaki, was the first Japanese botanical encyclopaedia with colour. It was comprised of 96 volumes and contained 2000 plants, which were sketched, coloured and classified into three different categories (mountain plants, wet plants and poisonous plants). Because most of the volumes were transcribed, many existing illustrations were low in quality. But we have carefully researched and selected the best 100 illustrations from the "Honzou-zufu" and breathed new life into this historical botanical art book from the Edo period. To show all the illustrations without the centre being folded, the book is design in landscape format, enabling the illustrations to be clearly seen in a page. Chinese, Japanese and Kampo (Chinese medicine) names are listed for each flower together with a little story about the flower's medical efficacy, origin of its name, language associations and other useful information about the flower. Art direction has been done by Kazuhiko Tajima, who designed our bestselling title Bonsai (9784756248299).

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