1924 Rare Book - Japanese Fairy Tales by Lafcadio Hearn. Illustrated by Gertrude Kay.
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Author: Lafcadio Hearn and Others.
Title: Japanese Fairy Tales.
Publisher: New York, Boni and Liveright Inc., 1924. Second edition. The versions of the first four tales in this volume are by Lafcadio Hearn ("Chin-chin kobakama," "The goblin-spider," "The old woman who lost her dumpling," and "The boy who drew cats"). The others are by Grace James, Professor Basil Hall Chamberlain and others.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: 132 pages.
Binding: Very good original illustrated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, ex-libris of a previous owner on the first blank page - as shown, small chip to the lower margin of page 122 without affecting the text - as shown, rare light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 4 beautiful illustrations by Gertrude Kay.
The book: Rare and attractive illustrated edition of those Japanese Fairy Tales by Lafcadio Hearn and Others.
The author: Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲), was a writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In the United States, Hearn is also known for his writings about the city of New Orleans based on his ten-year stay in that city.
The illustrator: Gertrude Kay was born in Alliance, Ohio, U.S.A in 1884.
Her father was a successful hardware merchant and allowed his daughter to follow her passion for creative arts. She studied illustration at the Philadelphia Museum School of Design and with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia.
Along with other women students of Howard Pyle including Sarah Stilwell Weber, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Violet Oakley, Alice Barber Stephens, and Katherine Pyle, Gertrude Alice Kay found success in the male-dominated world of commercial illustration. Her fellow female illustrators at Drexel included Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley – otherwise known as ‘The Red Rose Girls’.
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