The Matsuyama Mirror: Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 10
Fairy Tale No. 10 in the delightful wood-block on crepe paper books produced by Takejiro Hasegawa in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. The full "Japanese Fairy Tale Series" included 20+ volumes, this one the sweet story of mother and her child who remembers her by seeing herself in a mirror, humbly thinking the beautiful vision before her (herself) is the memory of her mother.
Created for the Western market, the paper used was a high quality wood with no rag content. Hasegawa's books were known for their high quality in all aspects: paper, ink, execution of the illustrations and woodblock printing, and quality of binding. This tale translated or "told in English by Mrs. T.H. James". Item #1549.
Condition: Very Good, edgewear and light spotting to back cover; a .25" indentation to cover and visible on first 8 pages; some loss to thin/delicate paper used to cover the spine for these editions (see detail photo).