Tokyo: Yamatoya Kihee, Meiji 5 (1872). 2 vols. 8vo. Original wrappers, stitched as issued in the Japanese style (a little stained; early ownership stamps on first pages; light stains to upper margins and colophons). Complete copy in good condition. Very good. Item #2769
A remarkable Japanese abridged edition of Joseph Harris's "Harris on the Pig: Breeding, Rearing, Management, and Improvement" (New York, 1870), with a preface by Genkan Sumida. There are six charming illustrations of pigs and wild boar on five leaves, here rendered in fairly crude woodcuts. The utility of Harris's text is attested by the fact that this abridgement appeared in Japanese very soon after it was published in New York. There are chapters on the care of pigs, the species of pigs, how to make them fatter and more healthy, how to make a pig's shelter, preparation of food, etc. Highly curious.