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Book Description

The fifth book (No. 5) in the Japanese Fairy Tale Series based on well-known Japanese folk tales & published by Hasegawa. Seeking to model the books on Japanese anthologies published in the sixteenth century he hired traditional Japanese woodblock printers like Kobyashi Eitaku, Suzuki Kason, and Chikanobu to illustrate them & also employed American Presbyterian missionary Rev. David Thomson as translator. Based on a Japanese folk tale Kachi Kachi Mountain tells the story of a man who caught a troublesome tanuki in his fields, and tied it to a tree to kill and cook it later. When the man left for town, the tanuki cried and begged the man's wife to free it. The wife freed the animal, only to have it turn on her and kill her. The tanuki then planned a foul trick. Using its shape-shifting abilities, the tanuki disguised itself as the wife and cooked a soup, using the dead woman's flesh. When the man came home, the tanuki served him the soup. After the meal, the tanuki reverted to its original appearance and revealed its treachery before running off and leaving the poor man in shock and grief. However, a friendly rabbit avenges his wife's death.
Dealer Notes
Second Edition; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; Nine double leaves of Japanese style (furkuro toji) crepe paper (chirimen-bon) in crepe covers all illustrated with delicate coloured woodcuts printed by hand from Japanese wooden blocks. & stab-stiched to spine held by silk threads.
Author Japanese Fairy Tale Series (No. 5)
Date 1886
Binding Japanese style (furkuro toji) crepe paper (chirimen-bon) in crepe covers
Publisher Hasegawa Takejirō
Illustrator Kobayashi Eitaku
Condition Good (front cover a little soiled & small brown stain that has penetrated to verso; covers with some curling to edges; interiors in clean & bright condition; light wear to spine ends.)
Pages unpaginated

Price: £175.00

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