The Rat's Plaint. An Old Legend
The Rat's Plaint. An Old Legend
The Rat's Plaint. An Old Legend

[JAPANESE CREPE BOOK] LITTLE, Archibald, F.R.G.S. (translator). The Rat's Plaint. An Old Legend.

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[JAPANESE CREPE BOOK] LITTLE, Archibald, F.R.G.S. (translator). The Rat's Plaint. An Old Legend. Tokyo; T. Hasegawa. 1892.

Landscape large 8vo. (194 x 155cm); publisher's creped paper covers printed in woodblock colours to both wrappers, with silk thread stabbed ties to spine; pp. [34] including covers, printed throughout on Japanese folded leaves, on creped paper; with fine and beautiful illustrations to almost every page, all printed in woodblock colours, many full-page; a lovely survival of a delicate book, with some external dust-soiling and edge-creasing but an uncommonly attractive example, internally fresh.
First edition. Described as a 'jeu d'esprit' in the interesting Introduction, the translator recounts how he found this tale, which might date from the twelfth century Sung dynasty, at a book-stall in Ichang and was drawn to translating it for Western minds because of its humour and the light it casts on Chinese life and customs.

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