Tokyo: T. Hasegawa, (1902). First Edition. Self wrappers. First printing, duodecimo size,  pp. Very good. Item #17111210
Printing B (for identification only, no sequence is suggested) of those noted in BAL 7937, with the colophon at the foot of p. 23, with the uncorrected "Dumplings" at the head of the text, and the last line of text reading "rich." Series twenty-four, published by Hasegawa Takejiro (1853-1938), beginning in the mid-1880s. 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 19 he emigrated to the United States spending time in Cincinnati and New Orleans. He eventually traveled 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 tales. In this classic tale, an old woman chases her lost dumpling underground and encounters a series of adventures before she makes her way home.
___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial crepe paper wrappers, stab-stitched with silk thread, printed on double leaves of crepe paper, illustrated in colour woodblocks throughout, series advertisement to pp. 22-23; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"),  unnumbered pp., first edition, state B.
___CONDITION: A very good copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, tears or chips, wrappers remain bright but with some soiling, the edges a bit rubbed but overall very good.
___CITATIONS: BAL 7937 B; Perkins pp. 44-45.
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