Tokyo: Kobunsha, 1885.
This is the first edition, on plain paper, with only the phonetically transliterated Japanese title on the front wrapper and the English title only at the beginning of the story. The colophon states (in English) that it is No.5 of the 'Japanese Fairy Tales Series'. The series was also printed on crepe paper, in which format they are much better known, but the genuine first edition is generally considered to be the plain paper issue.Item #1369
14 folded leaves (28pp.) including cover wrappers, colour woodcut illustrations, stab-bound with two blue silk knots, 183 x 127mm. A near-fine copy.