Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 11: The Hare of Inaba (Inaba no Shiro Usagi 因幡の白兎). Mrs. T. H. James, translator. Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎, publisher for Kobunsha. Tokyo. Meiji 19 (1886). 18.2x12.3cm small book, bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji opens Western style.  cho with decorated wrappers. Illustrated with original woodblock prints, including lovely single and double page woodcuts, and told in English text.
Inaba no Shiro Usagi 因幡の白兎 is the tale of a clever rabbit who tries to outwit crocodiles in the sea but is too proud for his own good and ends up in great pain, losing his fur. A lowly young prince comes to his aid and is duly rewarded.
Wear to wrapper and initial pages and woodcuts. Spots of toning on some early pages and a corner of rear wrapper is missing. Handwritten name in pencil in top margin of first page of text. Otherwise strong colors and printing. The colophon lists the Hiyoshicho address, indicating a date between late 1890 and 1901.