Tokyo: T. Hasegawa, n.d. . ORIGINAL CREPE PAPER EDITION. Crown octavo, pp.18, . With brilliant hand-coloured illustrations by Suzuki Kason to covers and every page. No box or hard covers. Some light creasing to covers and wear to spine, otherwise a near-fine survival of a delicate production. Having arrived in Japan for a short journalistic engagement in 1890, the Greek-born American Lafcadio Hearn stayed on with a teaching job and ended up marrying into a Japanese family, assuming the name Koizumi Yakumo. He produced many English-language books on Japan and Japanese culture, becoming so well-known in this field that he even scored a mention in Ian Fleming's 'You Only Live Twice'. This is the first of the Japanese Fairy Tale series begun in 1885 to be authored by Hearn, and the first to be printed on crepe paper. Item #47264
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