Three Reflections: The Japanese Fairy Tale Series no. 21 [crepe paper]. Mrs. T. H. James, translator. Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎, publisher. Tokyo, 10 Hiyoshicho. Meiji 27 (1894). (18 x13cm) crepe paper book (chirimen-bon 縮緬本), illustrated throughout with color woodcuts. Bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, with stab binding (yamato-toji) and opens Western style.  cho excluding wrappers. Colophon on rear inside wrapper in Japanese text. Final cho lists books issued by the publisher in blue ink with the 10 Hiyoshicho address, indicating an early edition, all in English. Text in English tells a charming tale of a boy’s love for his father and family confusion over their reflections in a mirror.
One of the very special crepe paper books published in Japan in different languages, it was made from mulberry paper and first printed, and then pressed (about 10 times), before it was bound. Incredibly, the writing and illustrations are clear despite this Chirimen-bon “shrinking” process that resulted in a textured feel to the pages that resemble the chirimen 縮緬 or crepe fabric that gives the paper its name.
Front wrapper shows wear with spots of foxing and dirt staining and torn on fold along binding. Dirt staining to top right and bottom end of first page. Otherwise in good condition with bright colors. Quite Scarce.