1895. Item #83009
[EHON - FAIRY TALES] BARBATOU, P. FABLES CHOISES DE FLORIAN. The first volume only. Paris: Librairie Marpon & Flammarion; (Tokyo: Shueisha) Meiji 28 . Fukuro toji, cord-bound in printed paper covers. This first volume is 26.6 X 19.8 cm, with 14 full page color woodcuts by Kano Tomonobu and Kajita Hanko. #167 of 200 from a deluxe edition on Japanese hosho paper. Covers soiled and a bit edgeworn (one cvorner chipped). The contents are very good and the impressions and colors are quite lovely. This work, despite its French text, may be seen as squarely in the tradition of the Japanese ehon and it shares many characteristics of the revival of picture book printing in mid to late Meiji demonstrated by other works: an emerging Nihonga style, skilled printed, increasingly restrained coloration, etc. In that context, the large scale of its illustrations renders it particularly interesting. The first volume only (of two).