The Wooden Bowl.
Told in English by Kate James.Tokyo, T. Hasegawa,  Stock Code: 140781
NotesFirst edition thus, second overall, in large format and on crêpe-paper (the crêpeing process was applied after printing), and the 16th title in Hasegawa's "Fairy Tale" books series, published between 1885 and 1903. The Wooden Bowl tale was first published in 1887, on plain paper, and reprinted around two years later in the same format.
Takejirō Hasegawa (1853-1938) was an innovative Japanese publisher specializing in European-language books on Japanese subjects, notably fairy tales, poetry, and ephemera such as calendars, to help Japanese people learn foreign languages. Hasegawa's project took root in the era of what the French named "Japonisme", that is, the popularity and influence of Japanese art and design in western Europe in the late 19th century. "He chose traditional stories whose subjects would already be familiar to his readers and presented these tales in a Western format. The books would open in the Western manner, reading from left to right, and the illustrations would be positioned as adjuncts to the text, instead of having text superimposed on them in the traditional traditional Japanese fashion" (Sharf). Rare in such good condition.
Octavo (187 x 135 mm), pp. . Original light blue silk-backed pictorial crêpe paper covers bound with stab light blue silk ties in the Yamato toji style, crêpe paper folded sheets.
Woodblock-printed colour illustrations throughout, inlcuding 1 full-page and 1 double-page, last page with publisher's advertisements.
Remarkably clean and fresh, without traces of toning or use; a fine copy.
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