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Offering a fascinating antique childrens book from the late 1800s-early 1900s. Created in Japan for the foreign market by publisher T Hasegawa. Printed on very fine crepe paper. Told in English by B H Chamberlin. Done in collaboration with Griffith Farran & Co of London. Name of Griffith is printed on the back cover.

The covers are in well worn condition with discolorations, severe edge wear and the front cover held on with old straight pins. The back cover is attached at the bottom only. Postal stamp marks for Tokyo, Fairy Land and London on the back cover. The interior contents have been relatively well protected, although some of the corners are bending. Colors are vibrant.

Measures 6 1/4 inches x 4 inches. Smells fresh. As with all our items this is from a non smoking estate.

Guaranteed antique & authentic. Not a modern reproduction. Satisfaction guaranteed.

From "Fukuro-Toji Bound Picture Books. The books published by Takejiro Hasegawa are in the nature of books falling under the Japanese generic descriptive title of Ehon ("e" - picture "hon" - book). They are generally bound in the traditional Japanese book binding style know as "fukuro-toji" which means "pouch binding." In this binding process sheets of paper are printed (woodblock and/or text) on only one side. They are then folded in half with the printed side out. The folded printed sheets are then stacked together along with similarly printed and folded covers and the unit secured along the spine, which is the side opposite the folds, to form the book. This technique gives you the folded pages (double leaves) which are open at the top and bottom forming the pouch ("fukuro") which the binding technique is named after.

These are referred to as "chirimen-bon" (crepe paper book) in Japanese. The crepe paper process occurred between the printing process and binding processes. Hasegawa's books were uniformly of high quality in all aspects; paper, ink, execution of the art and text, printing (woodblock printing and Western type face text printing), assembly and binding."


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Japanese Fairy Tales Series No 15 Hasegawa Griffith Farran & Co


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: crepe paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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