LE CAIN, Errol (illustrator). Rosemary HARRIS (author). The Child In The Bamboo Grove. London; Faber And Faber Limited. 1971.
Royal 8vo. Original pictorial boards with wrap-around design by Le Cain, pictorial pastedowns, in repeat dustwrapper; pp. ; strikingly illustrated throughout in colour, after the Japanese; a near fine, uninscribed copy protected by a similarly fresh dustwrapper, irregularly price-clipped to front flap, and with tiny abrasions to spine ends and forecorner tips.
First edition of this early Le Cain title. A traditional Japanese fairy tale about a bamboo cutter who finds a tiny child inside a reed. This infant, who grows to become a woman of exceptional beauty, sets her potential suitors impossible tasks to prove their worth, according to the archetypal pattern, before eventually escaping earth to return to her true home.