Tokyo: T. Hasegawa, . Reprint. Self Wrappers. Sixteenmo size,  pp. Very good. Item #17090301
One of the five-volume set printed in Japan by T. Hasegawa, publisher, illustrated as the original edition of 1899. Hasegawa employed leading foreign residents as translators and noted Japanese artists as illustrators. This copy is translated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). Hearn had in his family background Greek and Arab, Irish and Gypsy - and so very honestly came by his fascination with, and love of, folk, fairy and goblin stories. Born in Greece, raised in Ireland, at the age of nineteen he emigrated to the United States, spending time in Cincinnati and New Orleans. He eventually travelled for work (newspaper reporting) to the West Indies and thence to Japan, where he found his true home. He married into a Samurai family and had four children, fully immersing himself into the Japanese culture.
He and his wife scoured their families and friends for old tales, which Hearn "lavished care in comprehending completely the background from which they sprang; and his beautiful, misty tales - rhythmically delicate as the web of the goblin-spider - are no mere grey translations, but are rather the rainbow reincarnation of the very spirit of those ancient Japanese who first gave substance to the shadow of their ancestral fears by putting into words these spectral myths" (Edward Larocque Tinker).
___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial crepe paper wrappers, stab-stitched with white thread, printed on double leaves of crepe paper, illustrated in colour woodblocks throughout, series advertisement to recto of lower wrapper; sixteenmo size (6" by 4"),  unnumbered pages, this copy undated.
___CONDITION: A very good copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, tears or chips, wrappers are clean and bright although slightly rubbed at the edges, the pages with very light creases; overall still very good.
___CITATION: Perkins pp. 35-37.
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