[JAPANESE FAIRY TALE] Momotaro. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 1. Tokyo; Published by Kobunsha, 2, Minami Saegicho, between 1885 and 1889.
Large 12mo. (180 x 122mm) with pictorial woodblock plain (uncrêped) paper wrappers with designs to both covers, stab-stitched to spine with original silk thread; pp. , including covers, printed on Japanese-folded leaves; hand-printed throughout in woodblock colours including 5 fine double-page images; an attractive copy with overall light dusting and minor marking to upper cover, with one small worm hole to fore-edge of 3 leaves and slight worm damage (13mm), affecting final 4 leaves at spine edge, internally clean.
Stated "Second Edition" to inner cover; with the title transliterated from the Japanese to the upper wrapper; Japanese Fairy Tale Series to the inner cover, and the title in English to the first page of text. Dated from the publisher's address. The inner lower wrapper lists 12 titles transliterated from the Japanese, as published by the Kobunsha. The book is printed on plain 'washi', or mulberry, paper as was the tradition (www.baxleystamps.com/litho/hasegawa/gf_11_different.shtml).