190. Item #90874
Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 6: The Mouse’s Wedding [Nezumi no Yomeiri] [crepe paper book]. Tokyo: Hasegawa Publishing. C. 1902 - 1911. [David Thompson] ダビッドタムソン. 15.2 x 10.3cm crepe paper book (chirimen bon 縮緬本) bound Japanese style fukuro toji and secured with ties in two stab holes. The colophon lists the publisher’s address in Japanese as 38 Honmura-cho, Yotsuya-ku, Tokyo-shi. Colophon gives a date of Meiji 18 明治十八年 , but it is likely a 1911 reprint.  cho of original color woodblock prints with woodcuts also on the front and rear crepe paper wrappers. English text with Japanese text on the inside front wrapper and on the colophon on the inside rear wrapper. Translated by David Thompson (also spelled Thomson) タビッドタムソン [ダビッド]. Japanese title is “Nezumi no Yomeiri.” The text of the story continues onto a few of the woodcuts and there are no titles above them. The colophon lists the publisher’s address in Japanese as 38 Honmura-cho, Yotsuya-ku, Tokyo-shi.
A happy tale of the preparations leading up to, and the marriage of, two traditional Japanese mice. Charming woodcuts on durable crepe paper illustrate the many aspects of an arranged marriage between two mouse families, including detailed lists of presents exchanged.
The remarkable crepe paper books published by Hasegawa were popular in the mid-1880s and their durability suited them to stories for children. The woodcuts were printed on special crepe paper (chirimen kami 縮緬紙) and then pressed and reduced numerous times before binding while still retaining their proportions.
Toning stain to wrappers and pages, noticeably on front and inside front wrappers and first cho.