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Fairy Tales

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1 Claris, J. P., editor. Illustrated by Japanese artists under the direction of P. Barboutau Fables Choisies de Florian (Two Volumes Bound in One)
Paris Librairie Marpon & Flammarion 1895 First Edition Thus Quarter Calf. Japanese paper pastedown. Leather  Near Fine 
Limited deluxe edition, one of 190, although this copy is not actually numbered. Oblong, 24 by 33 cm. 18 numbered leaves in each of the two parts, and a total of 28 fables rendered. The leaves are of Tori-noko papier japonais and are folded over in the Japanese-style. While the source of the tales and the publisher are French, the book is a fine expression of Japonisme that swept the Western World in the late 19th century and is very much in the style of a Kobunsha or Hasegawa publication of the same period. Light wear to binding. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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2 Hauff, Wilhelm. Illustrated by Fritzi Low Drei Marchen, Mit 16 Originallithographien und Buchschmuck Kalif Storch. Zwerg Nase. Das Kalte Herz
Wien Kunstverlag Anton Schroll & Co. Paper pastedown on cloth, with slipcase Fine 
N.d., circa 1918. Near miniature, 16mo, measuring 11 cm or 4 inches tall. 242 pp. The color illustrations are stylistically a fusion of the naive and a Biedermeier sensibility. Minor soiling of covers and slipcase, which still is very functional and rarely encountered. Slipcase interior lining has illustration, probably from some other publication of the publisher, who recycled surplusage. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Rendered into English by Lafcadio Hearn. Story by Suzuki Kason or Arai Yoshimune (uncredited) Chin Chin Kobakama. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 25
Tokyo T. Hasegawa 
N.d, circa 1903. Probably first edition. Unpaginated, twelve folded-over leaves, including cover. Larger format, 7.5 by 5.25 inches, or 19 by 13.5 cm. Probably the best tale ever built around toothpicks! A fairy tale of the supernatural retribution meted out to lazy women, with a second shorter variant of the same story included as well. This copy has particularly crisp and bright color! Light soiling to covers, and some minor waviness where fabric dinged by bottom edge. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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4 Rendered into English by Lafcadio Hearn. Story by Suzuki Kason, uncredited. The Boy Who Drew Cats. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 23
Tokyo T. Hasegawa Very Good 
N.d., probably first edition, 1898, larger format of 7.5 by 5.25 inches, or 19 by 13.5 cm. With twelve folded over leaves, including cover. Fairy tale of small boy who wanders into an abandoned temple. Three leaves of crepe paper have slight edge chip. Paper with age toning, and color slightly faded. Fabric on spine mostly worn away. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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