Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 9: Yamata No Orochi 八頭ノ大蛇. B. H. Chamberlain, translator. Kobunsha, publisher (Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎, publisher). Tokyo. Meiji 19 . 18 x 12.5cm small book bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji opens Western style. [First edition.]  cho. Front cover illustration of “The Serpent of Eight Heads” of the title wraps around to the back cover, revealing the tail of the beast. Illustrated with original woodblock prints, including stunning double page woodcuts, and told in English text. Woodcuts are black and white with touches of color. The 12 titles in the Folklore series published by Kobunsha are listed in English on the rear inside wrapper. Plain paper version. Minami Saegicho address 南佐柄木町. Thus an early printing.
This is a precursor to the well-known crepe paper books published by Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎, publisher. Kobunsha is listed as the publisher on the cover and title list while (Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎 is listed as the publisher in the Japanese colophon.
Some dirt staining and wear to wrappers, otherwise good condition and printing.