[JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES]. [THOMPSON, David (translator). Sensei EITAKU (illustrator)]. Momotaro: Japanese Fairy Tale Series, No. 1. Tokyo, 10 Hiyoshicho; T. Hasegawa, circa 1890.
8vo. Original pictorial crêped paper wrappers printed in woodblock colours, silk stitched to spine; pp. ; printed throughout on Japanese-folded leaves with colour-printed images on every page; some external browning and light rubbing, internally clean.
Early edition.. The Japanese Fairy Tale Series, consisting of 23 separate volumes, was published by Takeijiro Hasegawa (1853-1936) from 1885. These volumes are widely regarded as the first examples of "chirimen" books. "Chirimen-bon" is a book made of chirimen paper (crêpe paper), usually illustrated with multi-coloured woodblocks printed and bound in Japanese style. Many of them were produced from the Meiji to the early Showa era (the latter half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century). Chirimen paper itself had been produced since the late Edo period and was used for hair accessories for women and to print nishiki-e. These prettily designed works were produced as souvenirs for early European tourists and helped to introduce the Japanese fairy tale to a wider audience.