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Catalogue of Japanese poetry, drama and prose

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215054
Akiko, Yosano (Dennis Maloney & Hide Oshiro, trans.)
Night Fading to Pale Rose
White Pine Press, Fredonia NY, 1986.
Landscape duodecimo; paperback, stapled booklet; 20pp. Mild wear; some insect damage to the front cover. Very good. Limited edition of 500 copies.
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$15
216026
Blyth, R.H.
Japanese Life and Character in Senryu
Hokuseido Press, Tokyo, 1960.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; beige cloth boards with black spine titling and small blind-stamped insignia on rear board; 630pp., colour frontispiece with tissue-guard and 17 colour and b&w plates all with tissue-guards, decorated endpapers, in plain cardboard mailer with spine and upper board titles and publisher's bird insignia on lower board. Minor wear; mild toning and spotting to text block, faint offsetting to endpapers. Illustrated beige dustwrapper mildly sunned along the spine panel; light wear to edges with slight scraping at corners and spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good to near fine. Tightly fitting mailer.
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$175
216040
Brower, Robert H. & Earl Miner
Japanese Court Poetry
Stanford University Press, 1975.
Second printing. Octavo hardcover; green cloth boards with silver gilt spine titling; 527pp., b&w frontispiece, 14 b&w plates. Board corners lightly worn and frayed; spotting to text block edges. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good. 'Not only Western readers but possibly Japanese readers as well will find this the most illuminating study of the subject ever to be published ... It is a critical study rather than an anthology, but it contains many poems [some 300], all translated with unmistakable care ... As Brower and Miner have demonstrated in this epoch making book, the achievement of Japanese court poetry within its deliberately restricted domain is impressive. It deserves this long-awaited attention.' - Donald Keene, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
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$35
7573
Kirkwood, Kenneth
Renaissance in Japan A Cultural Survey of the Seventeenth Century. Japan's Literary Giants: Basho, Saikaku, Chikamatsu
Tuttle, Rutland, 1971.
Hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 414pp. Mildly toned and faintly marked text block edge; slight offsetting to endpapers. Illustrated cream dustwrapper with small tear on upper front corner. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
87624
Kitasono, Katue
Black Rain Poems and Drawings
The Divers Press, Palma de Mallorca Spain, 1954.
Landscape octavo; paperback; unpaginated (28pp.), with colour decorations and 2 plates. Minor wear. Some mild sunning to the dustwrapper. Very good.
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$300
87489
Komparu, Kunio
Noh The Noh Theatre - Principles and Perspectives
John Weatherhill Inc., New York NY & Tokyo Japan, 1983.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, in plum silk with silver-gilt spine-titling and an upper board decoration, with laid paper endpapers; 376pp. with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block edges lightly toned. Dustwrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. This is probably not the first book the neophyte turns to for an introduction to the Noh, but it should certainly be the second. This book has great depth; it is neither a general introduction nor a technical study though it partakes of both. With the enthusiasm of a passionate amateur and the knowledge of a thorough professional, the author places this 'theatre of the mind' against a truly formidable background embracing such fields as modern physics, urban studies, architecture, psychiatry and Western dance, drama and music.
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$150
66463
Mishima, Yukio (Alfred H. Marks, trans.)
Forbidden Colours
Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd., London, 1968.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling; 403pp. Moderate wear; mild offset to endpapers with tape mark on front endpaper; toned and spotted text block edges with some insect damage to top edge. Chipping to dustwrapper spine panel extremities and corners; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Bookseller's sticker, Good to very good.
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$40
93612
Murakami, Haruki (Philip Gabriel, trans.)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Harvill Secker/Random House, London, 2014.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards and a set of folded stickers to the flyleaf held by two large circular stickers; 298pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$25
34452
Oe, Kenzaburo (Philip Gabriel, trans.)
Somersault
Atlantic Books, London, 2003.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 570pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper slightly crumpled along upper edge (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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$23
95200
Oe, Kenzaburo (trans. Deborah Boliver Boehm)
The Changeling
Atlantic Books, London, 2010.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover; white illustrated boards with dark blue decorated endpapers; 468pp. Minor wear; a few chips and tiny tears to dustwrapper edges. Very good otherwise and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
215112
Oe, Kenzaburo (trans. Deborah Boliver Boehm)
Death by Water
Grove Press, New York, 2015.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; 424pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$24
8470
Philippi, Donald (ed. & trans.) (Kuzunishi Sosei, illus.)
This Wine of Peace, This Wine of Laughter A Complete Anthology of Japan's Earliest Songs
Mushinsha Grossman, New York NY, 1968.
Royal octavo; hardcover; 236pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; a few faint spots on the text block edges. Slightly worn dustwrapper; a tiny tear to the top edge of lower panel. Very good. Poetry antedating influences from the Chinese mainland. Notes and commentary.
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$30
207869
Saikaku, Ihara (William Theodore de Bary, trans.)
Five Women Who Loved Love Amorous Tales from 17th Century Japan
Charles E Tuttle Co., Rutland VT, 1958.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, quarter bound in cloth; 264pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; previous owner's name; chipping and rubbing to board edges; toned and spotted text block edges. Rubbed dustwrapper with mild edgewear and a few marks and spots; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
65002
Tanizaki, Junichiro (Anthony H. Chambers, trans.)
The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi & Arrowroot Two Novellas
Secker & Warburg, London, 1983.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover; 199pp. Mild wear; lightly toned text block edges with spotting on upper edge. Slightly scuffed dustwrapper with lightly worn edges and corners; inner flaps spotted; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$24
78893
Yoshikawa, Eiji (William Scott Wilson, trans.)
Taiko An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan
Kodansha International, Tokyo Japan, 2000.
Octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration and endpaper maps; 926pp., with a monochrome frontispiece. Minor wear. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Near fine.
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$30