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Chamberlain, B.H., The Old Man Who Made the Dead Trees Blossom, Japanese Fairy Tale Series, No. 4, Tokyo, T. Hasegawa, 1885, first edition, 12mo (7.5" x 5.5"), SB, silk stitched color illus crepe wraps, VG- / none. Edges worn, tiny tears at ties on rear wrap, front wrap creased, folds of final & next-to-last leaves split by time.

14 pp, profuse color wood-block printed illustrations.

This is one of a series of traditional Japanese fairy tales produced for the English market by Takejiro Hasegawa, an excellent Japanese printer and publisher of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who had ties with Western missionaries which prompted English- and French-language projects. Chamberlain, an expert on Japan, is the translator. The paper is a distinctive heavy crepe; books from Hasegawa, called chirimen-bon, were first hand-printed, then hand-creped. Absolutely lovely.

See also on this site another from the series of 20, The Silly Jelly-Fish.    [Book ID # 1747]

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