Lot 47: (JAPANESE FAIRY TALES.) Hearn, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (JAPANESE FAIRY TALES.) Hearn, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales. 5 volumes. Color woodblock illustrations printed on crepe paper. 8vo, original sewn crepe paper wrappers; as new in rice paper overslips; publisher''s board Chi-tsu box with faux bone clasps and cover label, heavily worn. Larger format (7 1/2x5 1/2 inches) post-World War I printings. Tokyo: Hasegawa, 1920s
Notes: Hearn''s celebrated series of story books. The titles include The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling, Chin Chin Kobakama, The Fountain of Youth, and The Goblin Spider. This set with stated imprint "T. Hasegawa, Publisher & Art-Printers" which was prior to the later printings by his grandson and successor, Nishinomiya.