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The Insect Book.
Ehon mushi-erami (The insect book) is by the ukiyo-e painter Kitagawa Utamaro (circa 1753-1806). It was created by him before he produced the bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for which he is famous. Each double page of the book contains a painted illustration of a plant and two species of insects, along with two kyōka (a poem style originating from waka, literally, Japanese poems). The kyōka are ostensibly insect-themed love poems. In all, 15 colored wood-block prints are included. The work demonstrates Utamaro's skill at drawing, as well as the high-quality printing techniques of the day. The book was published by Tsutaya Juzaburō (1750-97), a press mogul in the late Edo period (1600-1868).
Contributor Names
Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist.
Created / Published
Edo : Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788.
Subject Headings
-  Japan
-  1788
-  Block printing
-  Flowers
-  Insects
-  Japanese poetry
-  Plants
-  Poetry
-  Ukiyo-e
-  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
-  Original resource extent: 1 book ; 27 x 18.1 centimeters.
-  Original resource at: National Diet Library.
-  Content in Japanese.
-  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
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Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist. The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Kitagawa, U. (1788) The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist. The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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