1698. Item #89955
[EHON - UKIYOZO^SHI] Hayashi RAZAN, author. Eari KAIDAN ZENSHO 5 volumes Edo & Kyo^to, Genroku 11 . 25.1 x 17.6 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Hayashi Razan was the Confucian tutor of the third Tokugawa shogun and translated the KAIDAN ZENSHO from Chinese sources in 1627, adding some Japanese legendary material and domesticating the tales in general. It circulated in manuscript for most of the 17th century as a very influential literary genre source. It appears to have first been printed in Kyo^to and Edo as this set was, in Genroku 11. It is the seminal work of the "spooky story" genre in Japan. Illustrated with b+w woodblock in the tradition of the ukiyo zo^shi. In volumes 1, 3, and 5, almost all of the illustrations have a small bit of red color carefully added by hand as an accent to one or two elements in the illustration, such as a hair ornament, a sleeve lining, a hat, the tongue of a ferocious wolf, etc. Our copy is a bit thumbed, but in a nice impression. Bound in original worn covers with printed paper title labels, all in a custom clasped chitsu case.