San Francisco: Overland Publishing Company, 1925.
First Edition. Hardcover. Ex libris Ellery Yale Wood, the esteemed rare bookseller and collector of children's books, especially folklore and fairy tales, from the mid-18th century on, whose collection is now housed at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr. Wood's name to front free endpaper, accompanied by a red Japanese stamp below. 8 1/4" X 5 3/4". xvii, 88pp. Wheat-colored cloth over boards, with upper board stamped in orange, black, and bronze and spine lettered in black. Very mild shelfwear and light dust soiling to cloth, beautifully preserved. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Accompanied by original, publisher-issued glassine wrapper, now heavily worn with large open tears, having certainly done its job well. Mimei Ogawa (1882-1961) is known today as the Hans Christian Andersen of Japan as well as the father of modern children's literature in Japan, publishing more than 1,200 fairy tales in his lifetime. Ogawa was the first president of the Japanese Association of Writers for Children, the recipient of the 1950 Japan Art Academy Prize and the Order of Culture in 1953, and his life and work serves as the focus of the Mimei Ogawa Literature Museum in Joetsu. His social and political beliefs as a humanist, anarchist, and socialist informed his writing as he penned literary and complex stories for children, departing from the simple morality tales for children popular in the Taisho Era. This 1925 San Francisco printing is the first English language edition of this charming collection of four stories by Ogawa, including the title story, "Rose and Witch," which was first published in 1910 in Japan as well as three other stories from later in his career, "The Rosy Finger," "The Day He Could Not Walk," and "Red Poison." Each story is introduced by a supremely lovely color illustration by Seison N. Yoshioka. A beautiful first printing of this collection of four tales by the Hans Christian Andersen of Japan from the collection of noted book collector Ellery Yale Wood. Near fine / poor. Item #5315