First edition. Beautifully bound by Whitman Bennett, NY in full purple morocco, decorated in gilt to the upper and lower boards, five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, titles in gilt to the spine. Marbled endpapers. Gilt decorated inner dentelles. Top edge gilt. Illustrated title page and 32 tissue plates with captioned tissue guards, 16 of which are in colour. A fine copy, exquisitely illustrated and bound.
Yei Theodora Ozaki was a collector and translator of Japanese folklore and a woman of fierce independent spirit. She spent time living both with her mother in Europe as well as in Japan with her father. She traveled the world, working as a secretary and a teacher to pay her way, gathering stories wherever she went. She married Yukio Ozaki, a Japanese politician and continued to live an adventure-filled and exciting life, translating many traditional Japanese Fairy tales for an English-speaking audience. Her collections remain seminal, as the Brothers Grimm of Asia. This volume is a collection of 11 stories comprising: The Quest of the Sword; The Tragedy of Kesa Gozen; The Spirit of the Lantern; The Reincarnation of Tama; The Lady of the Picture; Urasato, or The Crow of Dawn; Tsubosaka; Loyal, even unto Death, or The Sugawara Tragedy; How Kinu Returned from the Grave; A Cherry-Flower Idyll; and The Badger-Haunted Temple.
Stock code: 22398