Japanese Fairy Tale: Princess Splendor
Japanese Fairy Tale
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.