Japanese Fairy Tale: Princess Splendor

Japanese Fairy Tale: Princess Splendor illustrated by T. Hasegawa cover, a dark haired woman in a floral kimono

Cover of Japanese Fairy Tale: Princess Splendor

Illustrated by T. Hasegawa, Tokio, 1880

Japanese Fairy Tale

Princess Splendor

Illustrated by T. Hasegawa

Translated by E. Rothesay Miller

2nd ed. Tokio, T. Hasegawa, 1880

5" x 6.75"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

In the decades following the arrival in Tokyo Bay of Commodore Perry's "Black Ships" and Japan's forced reopening to trade with the West, a thriving market developed for souvenir gift books like the one shown here. Specially printed on crepe paper and featuring colorful woodblock-printed art, sets of these fairy-tale volumes were offered in English, French, and German in various formats and at a range of prices.


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Japanese Fairy Tale: Princess Splendor