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Buhuang yaojue 捕蝗要訣 "Important Formulas to Trap Locusts"


The Buhuang yaojue 捕蝗要訣 "Important formulas to trap locusts", also called Buhuang yaoshu 捕蝗要說 "Important explanations to the catching of locusts" or Buhuang tushuo 捕蝗圖說 "Annotated illustrations of catching locusts", is a small book on the problem of locusts written by an anonymous author of the Qing period 清 (1644-1911). It might be that the book was written by a local official based on the experience how the local population deals with locust plagues. In 1856 there was a plague in the province of Zhili (modern Hebei). At that occasion the local government had reproduced an ancient collection of twenty methods of "trapping locusts" (bu huang 捕蝗) and twelve illustrations of these methods. The provincial administration commissioner (buzhengshi 布政司) of Zhili, Qian Xinhe 錢炘和, wrote a preface to the book. The book describes in a very simple style practical methods to catch and extinguish the insects. Another reproduction of the book was published in 1857 in Shaanxi, by the Chongwen Press 崇文書局, by the Provincial Book Office in Jiangjing 江寧藩署 and the Jiangsu Press 江蘇書局.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1652. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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