[JAPANESE CRÊPE BOOKS.] KIMURA, Shotaro and Charlotte PEAKE (translators). Sword & Blossom Poems. Tokyo; Hasegawa, 17 Kami Negishi. Circa 1911.
8vo.; 3 vols.; original individually patterned woodblock colour-printed, and padded, crêped paper covers with wrap-around designs, housed within the original blue cloth-covered folding case with horn clasps and white lettering to spine; pp. ; ; , printed throughout on folded leaves on Hosho paper (from the inner bark of the Mulberry tree); with delicate coloured woodblock illustrations throughout, many double-page; a fine and exceptional set complete with an excellent case.
Second editions, originally issued between 1908 and 1910. The short 'Tanka' or 'Blossom Songs' in volumes I & II are drawn from the Kokinshiu, which is a famous anthology of Japanese verse compiled in 906 A.D. The 'Sword Songs', constructed in the Chinese style in Japanese, are much later. In volume III a group of Love Songs sit alongside Flower Songs and Poems of War.