Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 9: The Serpent with Eight Heads (Yamata No Orochi 八頭ノ大蛇) .
B. H. Chamberlain, translator.
Kobunsha, publisher (Hasegawa Takejirō 長谷川武次郎, publisher)
Meiji 19 .
15 x 10cm small, crepe paper book opens Western style and has decorated wrappers. Perfect-bound with holes for sewing.  cho. Front cover illustration of “The Serpent With Eight Heads” of the title wraps around to the back cover, revealing the tail of the beast. Front inside wrapper has a colophon in Japanese. List of first 12 titles in the fairy tale series in English on the inside rear cover. This volume was published by the Hasegawa family when they were known as Kōbunsha, working from the address in Minami Saegichō 南佐柄木町 Tokyo, their first address.
Illustrated with original woodblock prints, including intricate double page woodcuts, and told in English text. Woodcuts are black and white with touches of color. This is the story of Shuten-dōji 酒呑童子, a folklore about a demon leader who is killed on Mt. Ōe (Ōeyama 大江山) outside Kyoto, at the hand of the great warrior Minamoto Raikō.
Binding is separated at top in the middle of the book. Wear and chipping to the front cover with stains on front and rear. Spots of stains on the first few pages. Otherwise woodcuts are in good condition with strong printing.