London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1912.
Hardcover. Ghosts, goddesses, and goblins, tea ceremonies and tree spirits, haunted caves, holy crystals, phantom cats, and corpse-eaters await their reader within the peacock and dragon-bedecked covers of this 1912 edition of Myths & Legends of Japan, collected by Frederick Hadland Davis and illustrated in full color by Evelyn Paul. This treasure trove of Japanese fairy tales and folklore, legend and myth includes such tales as "The Goblin of Oyeyama," "The Jewel in the Dragon's Head," "The Crystal of Buddha," "How Tokutaro was Deluded by Foxes," "The Cave of the Children's Ghosts," "The Moon-Lady's Song," "Shippeitarat and the Phantom Cats," "Urashima and the Sea-King's Daughter," "The Legend of the Tea Plant," information on love poetry and nature verse, superstitions and human sacrifice and methods of divination, a glossary of gods and goddesses, and more, illustrated in 32 full-color plates by Evelyn Maude Blanche Paul (1883–1963), printed in rich color and at turns enchanting, dreamy, and haunting. As Davis writes in his introduction to the reader: "...we shall journey to the Land of the Gods, where the great K b Daishi will write upon the sky and running water, upon our very hearts, something of the glamour and magic of Old Japan. With K b Daishi for guide we shall witness the coming of Mount Fuji, wander in the Palace of the Sea King and in the Land of Perpetual Youth, watch the combats of mighty heroes, listen to the wisdom of saints, cross the Celestial River on a bridge of birds, and when we are weary nestle in the long sleeve of the ever-smiling Jiz ."
Full contents: Introduction; The Period of the Gods; Heroes and Warriors; The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Maiden; Buddha Legends; Fox Legends; Jiz , The God of Children; Legend in Japanese Art; The Star Lovers and the Robe of Feathers; Legends of Mount Fuji; Bells; Yuki-onna, The Lady of the Snow; Flowers and Gardens; Trees; Mirrors; Kwannon and Benten, Daikoku, Ebisu, and Hotei; Dolls and Butterflies; Festivals; The Peony-Lantern; K b Daishi, Nichiren, and Sh d Shonin; Fans; Thunder; Anmal Legends; Bird and Insect Legends; Concerning Tea; Legends of the Weird; Three Maidens; Legends of the Sea; Superstitions; Supernatural Beings; The Transformation of Issunboshi and Kintaro, The Golden Boy; Miscellaneous Legends; A Note on Japanese Poetry; Gods and Goddesses; Genealogy of the Age of the Gods; Bibliography; Index of Poetical Quotations; Glossary and Index.
8 3/4" X 6". xx, 21-431pp. Bound in full deep blue cloth over boards, with haloed figure upon a peacock stamped in gilt and blue to upper board and dragon in gilt to spine, both lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with rubbing and bumping to corners, small tears to head and tail of spine, faint soiling to cloth, and scattered rubbing and scratching. Armorial bookplate of Reginald Bousfield Gillett to front pastedown, gift inscription dated 1917 to front free endpaper. Bookseller ticket of the Times Book Club of London to rear pastedown. Hinges quite tender, with webbing just visible at front hinge. Binding remains sound. Heavy foxing to endpapers and preliminaries; very occasional spot of foxing to pages, clean and unmarked. Good. Item #7566