The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its Transformations in Early Modern China
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The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its Transformations in Early Modern China

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ISBN-13:
9780674035294
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.10.2009
Seiten:
234
Autor:
Carla Nappi
Gewicht:
513 g
Format:
238x163x22 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

* List of Illustrations * Ex-Voto * Note on Conversions * Prologue: A Curious Instinct, A Taste for Ink * Conception: Birth of a Naturalist * Generation: Anatomy of a Naturalist INTERLUDE: Here Be Dragons: A Reader's Guide to the Bencao gangmu * Transformation: Elements of Change * Transformation: Sprouts of Change * Transformation: Bodies of Change * Transformation: Creatures of Change * Conclusion. Rot and Rebirth: The Afterlife and Reincarnation of a Naturalist * Appendix A. Li Shizhen, Lidai zhujia bencao [Bencao works through the ages] * Appendix B. Contents of the Bencao gangmu [Systematic materia medica] * Notes * Glossary of Chinese Characters * Index
Presents the story of a Chinese doctor, his book, and the creatures that danced within its pages. This book introduces natural history in sixteenth-century China through the iconic Bencao gangmu (Systematic materia medica) of Li Shizhen (1518-1593).