CREPE PAPER BOOK. Princess Splendor. The Wood-cutter's Daughter. Translated into English by E. Rothesay Miller. Tokyo, Published by Kobunsha, 3, Maruyacho, 1889.
Small 8vo. Original colour-printed wrappers, cord-bound; pp. , highly illustrated in colour throughout by Kobayashi Eitaku (who died the year after this publication); covers a little darkened, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition, Japanese Fairy Tale Series, Extra No. An early and rare publication by Hasegawa Takejirō. His earliest known books were published under the Kobunsha imprint in the mid-1880s but around 1889 he began publishing under the names T. Hasegawa and Hasegawa & Co.
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a 10th-century Japanese monogatari (fictional prose narrative) based on folklore. It is considered the oldest extant Japanese prose narrative, and some plot lines in this story are considered proto-science fiction.
COPAC locates only one copy, at Cambridge, and later editions in the British Library and the V&A.