Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 15: My Lord Bag-O’-Rice [Ōdō 王堂].
Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 15: My Lord Bag-O’-Rice [Ōdō 王堂]. Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎. B. H. Chamberlain, translator. Kobunsha. Tokyo. Meiji 20 . 18 x 12.3cm small book, bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji opens Western style.  cho with decorated wrappers in color, story end on inside rear wrapper. Front wrapper is also embossed. Colophon in Japanese on the inside front and rear wrappers give the date Meiji 20  and the Saegicho address 南佐柄木町. An early plain paper copy, with illustrations known to have been done by prominent artist and illustrator Suzuki Kason 鈴木華邨 (also Kwason, Kwasson).
The intricate illustrations and English text depict a warrior known as My Lord Bag-O’-Rice, who is brave enough to rescue a dwarf and his entourage from a giant centipede. One of his rewards for vanquishing the creature in a very clever way, is a bottomless bag of rice, whence he got his name.
Cover detached. Chipping at the bottom right corner of front wrapper and top corner of final two cho. Final cho is split. Overall toning. Good printing and color.