[JAPANESE FAIRY TALE] Shitakiri Suzume. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 2. [The Tongue Cut Sparrow]. Tokyo; Published by Kobunsha, 2, Minami Saegicho, published between 1885 and 1889.
8vo. (156 x 100mm), original pictorial crêped paper wrappers printed in woodblock colours; pp. , including covers, printed on Japanese-folded crêped paper; hand-printed throughout with striking coloured woodblock engravings; a pleasing copy with external dust-soiling, occasional marking, and a little edge-creasing; internally clean.
Stated "Second Edition" to inner upper wrapper and dated from the publisher's imprint. The earliest editions of this popular fairy tale series bore titles transliterated from the Japanese to the upper cover, with no mention of Japanese Fairy Tale Series and with the English title above the first page of text (www.baxleystamps.com/litho/hasegawa/gf_11_different.shtml).