Great skill is required to achieve a convincing result, but the beautiful gradations of colour in this work have led to its reputation as "perhaps the most beautiful set of prints ever made". This copy has been identified by the leading scholar of this work as the finest and only extant complete copy in the original binding of what he describes as the 'second superstate' of the first edition.
These visually appealing sections reproduce colorful, animated images of flowers, plants, birds, and insects.
Closely imitating real paintings, these prints often combine pictorial imagery with the calligraphy and seals of the artists who made the designs.
The precise contours and chromatic variations attest to the superb craftsmanship of the carver and the printer.