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Icones of the Bamboos of Japan 日本竹類圖譜

Icones of the Bamboos of Japan (1912) was edited by Yasumi Shirasawa (1868~1947), who held a doctor degree of forest science and was the first President of Japanese Forestry Society, and an engineer of the Bureau of Forestry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. He was one of the major scholars who pioneered botanical studies in Japan and the author of Icones of the Bamboos of Japan. As many as 15 plates and 39 species of bamboo from all around the country comprise the entirety of Icones of the Bamboos of Japan. Collaborating with Shirasawa was an assistant engineer from Bureau of Forestry, Mitsuo Oyama, who took charge of investigating all species of bamboo island-wide. Hideo Oishi helped record the findings in brilliantly rendered plates. Bamboo grows abundantly throughout Asia, where its numerous varieties find a tremendous range of uses by those who live beside it. Despite its extensive use, however, there remained relatively little scientific research on bamboo. Therefore, Shirasawa authorized this book specifically to fill a long-standing gap in academic botany. The detailed descriptions of each species in this book make it a milestone of bamboo research.

Note. The book was published in 1912.


Digital Archives Project of TFRI's Library of Forestry Literature in The Period of Japanese-Database of TFRI’s Forestry Literature in the Period of Japanese Colonization