GOBLE, Warwick (illustrator). Grace JAMES (author). Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales. London, Macmillan And Co., Limited. 1910.
4to. Original full white parchment pictorially decorated in gilt with a design of a Japanese kimono-clad woman carrying an infant on her back, top edges gilt, others uncut, new antique gold satin ties; pp. xii + 280, printed on handmade paper; 40 beautiful mounted coloured plates in fresh, glowing colours, set on brown stock behind captioned guards; an unusually attractive, and uncommonly clean, example with fore-edge ties replaced, externally with some light dusting, soiling, spotting, and mild scuffing to spine, internally remarkably good with none of the frequently found foxing and all plates fine bar one very short, and insignificant, crease to inner corner of a single plate, and wear to both blank pastedown endpapers along a vertical strip at the fore-edge, to facilitate insertion of new ties.
First edition, the edition de luxe, one of only 500 copies. An impressive volume of traditional Japanese fairy tales with delicate and ethereal plates after watercolours, in the traditional style, by one of the finest illustrators of the Golden Age of children's gift book production.