[JAPANESE FAIRY TALE] EITAKU, Sensei (illustrator). The Tongue Cut Sparrow. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 2. Tokyo, published at Kobunsha, 2, Minami Saegicho. Between 1885 and 1889.
Large 12mo. (180 x 122mm) with pictorial woodblock plain (uncrêped) paper wrappers, stab-stitched to spine with original silk thread; pp. , including covers, on Japanese folded leaves; hand-printed throughout in woodblock colours including 3 double-page images; an attractive copy with light external dusting, some rubbing, and small corner creasing, with pale marking to lower wrapper; internally fine and fresh.
"Second edition" stated to inner upper cover although probably more accurately a first edition, early printing, with the Kobunsha, Minami Saegicho imprint. With the title translated to English on the upper cover and on the first page of text and no mention of the publisher T. Hasegawa. The book is printed on plain 'washi', or mulberry, paper which is high quality wood paper with no rag content (www.baxleystamps.com/litho/hasegawa/gf_11_different.shtml).