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Kaifu = [Sketches of Japanese aquatic Crustacea]
Mori, M. (1827-1849). Kaifu = [Sketches of Japanese aquatic Crustacea]. Author's manuscript. English title derived from title piece on cover and table of contents. Published by the author(s): Japan. 1 folding book pp.

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  • Mori, M.

    Mori Baien (1798-1851) was a herbalist and shogunate retainer who served as "Goshoin-ban", a shogun’s body guard and castle guard in the middle interior of the Honmaru Palace of the Edo Castle. His given name is (Motohisa), and his other pseudonyms include (Shasei-sai, Shashin-sai, Shashin-do), etc. Baien’s picture books excel in the following qualities: 1.) the characteristic of each specimen is clearly described; 2.) most of the sketches are drawn from a live model; 3.) most of the sketches include the date of drawing; and 4.) the accession information about specimens is often noted including a place collected, purchased, or a name of an original owner, etc. All but Somoku jippu are folding books. Kaifu contains total 283 specimens of aquatic crustacea of Edo-era Japan, which are divided into Suichu rui (52 specimens such as shrimp, crab, sea cucumber, etc.), Kame rui (5 turtle specimens), Gobo rui (226 specimens of clams and other shellfish). There are no separate entries for shells of bivalves or snails, or species from marine or freshwater, and thus they are mixed in the book. Most of his sketches are from 1832-39.

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