Studies from Nature

Kitagawa Utamaro (Illustrator)
Translated by John T. Carpenter
Limited to 500 numbered sets

Essays by John T. Carpenter, Alfred Haft and Alex Kerr

Five hand-crafted books of exquisite Japanese art and poetry in facsimile for the first time

Limited Edition

Nominated in both the Best British Book and the Limited Edition and Fine Binding categories of the British Book Production and Design Awards

Kitagawa Utamaro’s Studies from Nature, rarely seen and never before reproduced in facsimile, are five superbly bound and illustrated books of insects, shells and birds. The elegant depictions of nature are paired with kyōka; playful, erudite and often erotic poems on the sentiments of love. Limited to just 500 hand-numbered sets, this remarkable publication includes a commentary volume with a full translation and newly commissioned essays on the poetry, the artist and the culture of the Floating World.


Two volumes of The Book of Crawling Creatures Japanese sewn binding
Gifts of the Ebb Tide and two volumes of The Book of Myriad Birds concertina binding
All volumes bound in Twist paper printed with original designs redrawn by Neil Gower
Printed paper labels with titles in English and in Japanese script
Illustrations and poems printed on Papermilk paper
100 pages in total
10¾˝ x 8¼˝
Limitation certificate wrapped in Watermark Unryu White Japanese paper



Bound in Twist paper blocked in gold
160 pages printed on Abbey Pure paper


Presentation box

Cloth-covered presentation box lined with paper printed to complement the bindings and tied with grosgrain ribbon
Paper label with title in English and in Japanese script

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