San Francisco: Overland Publishing Company, 1925.
First Edition. Hardcover. 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. Moderate wear to binding, with soiling to cloth, corners turned in, and sunning to spine. Previous owner's name to rear endpapers. Front hinge tender. Spine visible at some pages. Binding remains sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. 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 presentable first printing of this collection of four tales by the Hans Christian Andersen of Japan. Good. Item #5534