In approaching the binding for Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese Fairy Tales the goal was to create a clean and simple exterior design that would allow the viewer to imagine the contents of the volume. Hearn moved to Japan in 1890 and in a series of books, including this text, he brought the exotic traditions and culture of Japan to Western readers. The stone inset on the front of the binding references Hearn’s Japanese islands and the white leather covered boards have an absence of color. The highly decorated endpapers create a surprise as the book is first opened hinting at Hearn’s colorful translations of classic Japanese fairy tales.
|Title||Japanese Fairy Tales by Lafcadio Hearn|
|Subtitle||Peter Pauper Press, 1936. #508 of 950|
|Press Name/Publisher||Pattison Paperworks|
|Place of Publication||Andover, MA|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Peller Case Binding|
|Medium/ Materials||Blue leather spine with white leather covered boards, inlaid polished stone and silver stamping|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||6.5 x .5 x 9.5 inches|