Author(s): TAJIMA KAZUHIKO
Flowers of Edo features 100 of the best illustrations from the Honzou-zufu, the first Japanese botanical encyclopedia with colour published in 1828 by Kanen Iwasaki. 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. To show all the illustrations without the center being folded, the book is design in landscape format, enabling the illustrations to be clearly seen in a page. Flowers of Edo breathes new life into a key historical botanical art book from the Edo period.