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Book Description
The first book (No. 1) 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. Everyone in Japan knows the story of Momotaro, the boy born from a peach who goes on to defeat the marauding ogres known as oni. The oldest known written versions of Momotaro's adventures date back to the 17th century, but even then the tale almost certainly had a long history of passage through oral tradition.
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; Publication date is conjectural based on T. Hasegawa residing at 38 Yotsuya Hommura between 1902 and 1911 that appears on verso of title page, but the colophon in Japanese indicates a publication date of August 17, Meiji 18 (1885). However, publisher's list of of series inside rear cover suggests 1903 as that is the publication date of last title listed.
Author Japanese Fairy Tale Series (No. 1)
Date 1903
Binding Japanese style (furkuro toji) crepe paper (chirimen-bon) in crepe covers
Publisher Hasegawa Takejirō
Illustrator Kobayashi Eitaku
Condition Good Condition (front cover a little soiled & spotted with some curling to edges; interiors & rear cover in clean & bright condition; light wear to spine ends.)
Pages unpaginated

Price: £150.00

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