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The Monkey and the Inkpot
by Carla Nappi
Harvard University Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-674-03529-4 | eISBN: 978-0-674-05435-6
Library of Congress Classification QH21.C6N37 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 508.0951

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This is the story of a Chinese doctor, his book, and the creatures that danced within its pages. The Monkey and the Inkpot introduces natural history in sixteenth-century China through the iconic Bencao gangmu (Systematic materia medica) of Li Shizhen (1518 - 1593). In the first book-length study in English of Li's text, Carla Nappi reveals a "cabinet of curiosities" of gems, beasts, and oddities whose author was devoted to using natural history to guide the application of natural and artificial objects as medical drugs.

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