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Kusano, Eisaburo

Weird tales of old Japan

Tokyo News Service, Ltd., Tokyo. 1953, 127p., colophon leaf, various illustrations --fuzzy photographs, vignette sketches, and an original block print in colors (quite good)-- first edition 7x5 inch black paper over boards with cover title in red. Casing has a nasty little chip at the head and two other minute spots of naked card; unfortunately lacks the titled decorated dj which, per an introductory caption, showed an antiquarian Noh mask made by Tokuwaka about 1300. Most of the photographic illustrations are theatre stills from kabuki and Noh, lots of masks. Excepting the chip, a sound clean copy. Whether purposefully or not, a sort of an Arkham House approach to smallpress trade editions legitimizing horror fiction with good presswork. The contents page gives precis of Kusano's plotlines, such as that the first story concerns "female ogre of Togakushi-Yama fails in her attempt to waylay samurai"; and story the seventh, in which " ground spider attains occult power; becomes too ambitious, killed"

Cat.No: 162160

Price: $20.00

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