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Catalogue of Japanese poetry, drama and prose

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68518
Abe, Kobo (Donald Keene, trans.)
The Man who Turned into a Stick Three Related Plays
University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo Japan, 1975.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 84pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; inscription and owner's stamp in ink; spotting to text block upper edge. Price-clipped dustwrapper a little worn at edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$120
207728
Brannen, Noah, & William Elliott (trans.) (Haku Maki, illus.)
Festive Wine Ancient Japanese Poems from the Kinkafu
John Weatherhill Inc., New York NY, 1971.
Third printing: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and upper board silver-gilt decoration; 90pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; toned and faintly spotted text block edges; mild offsetting to the half-title page; a sticker ghost to the front free endpaper. Dustwrapper with slightly faded spine panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$30
95589
Gessel, Van C., & Tomone Matsumoto (eds.) (various, trans.)
The Showa Anthology - Two Volumes Modern Japanese Short Stories: 1 - 1929-1961; 2 - 1961-1984
Kodansha International Ltd., Tokyo Japan, 1985-1986
Two volumes; octavo; hardcover; 438pp. [226pp. + 212pp.]. Mild wear; light spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrappers lightly rubbed (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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$40
200252
Guest, Harry & Lynn with Kajima Shozo (trans.)
Post-War Japanese Poetry
Penguin, 1972.
Paperback, octavo; 167pp. Owner's name. Lightly toned text block edges. Very good.
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$12
207611
Keene, Donald
Dawn to the West - Japanese Literature in the Modern Era Poetry, Drama, Criticism
Henry Holt & Co., New York NY, 1987.
Octavo; paperback; 683pp. Minor wear. Near fine.
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$25
207609
Keene, Donald
Seeds in the Heart - A History of Japanese Literature, Volume I Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century
Henry Holt & Co., New York NY, 1993.
Octavo; paperback; 1265pp. Minor wear; a few small marks. Near fine.
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$30
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
84887
Koda, Rohan (Chieko Irie Mulhern, trans.)
Pagoda, Skull & Samurai 3 Stories
Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc., Rutland VT, 1985.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorative endpapers; 280pp. with maps. Minor wear; some spotting and toning to the text block edges. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed with mild sunning along the spine panel. Very good to near fine.
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$17
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
7632
Matisoff, Susan
The Legend of Semimaru Blind Musician of Japan
Columbia University Press, New York NY, 1978.
Octavo; hardcover; 292pp., with a monochrome frontispiece. Mild wear; previous owner's ink stamp to the flyleaf; faint spotting to the text block edges. Well-rubbed dustwrapper with spotting to rear panel and wear to edges; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good.
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$25
207374
Mills, D.E. (ed. & trans.)
A Collection of Tales from Uji A Study and Translation of Uji Shui Monagatori
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 1970.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 459pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; rubbing to board edges and corners; a few scattered spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper rubbed with slight wear to edges and corners; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$75
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
40583
Mishima, Yukio (John Bester, trans.)
Acts of Worship Seven Stories
Harper Collins/Kodansha, London, 1991.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 205pp. Mild wear; offsetting to endpapers; some scattered spotting to the preliminaries; toned and spotted text block edges with remainder mark on lower edge; previous owner's name in ink. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
207545
Morris, Ivan (trans.)
As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-Century Japan
The Dial Press, New York NY, 1971
Square octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and endpaper maps; 159pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; cocked; spine extremities softened; text block edges quite spotted; a sticker ghost to the flyleaf; mild scattered foxing throughout. Dustwrapper is rubbed; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Laid in: gallery information.
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$40
85860
Murakami, Haruki (Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel, trans.)
1Q84
Alfred A. Knopf Inc., New York NY, 2011.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards and decorative endpapers; 925pp. Minor wear; light wear to board edges and corners. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$30
202091
Murakami, Haruki (Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen, trans.)
Men Without Women Stories
Harvill Secker/Vintage/Penguin Random House London, 2017.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover; 228pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn. Near fine.
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$20
85926
Murakami, Haruki (Philip Gabriel, trans.)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Alfred Knopf, New York NY, 2014.
First US edition: octavo; hardcover, illustrated papered boards with decorative endpapers; 385pp. Minor wear. Die-cut dustwrapper; two tiny tears on upper rear edge of the back panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$24
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
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
207396
Stewart, Harold
By the Old Walls of Kyoto A Year's Cycle of Landscape Poems with Prose Commentaries
John Weatherhill Inc., New York NY, 1981.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with decorated endpapers; 463pp., with many colour illustrations. Mild wear; pages somewhat rippled; toned text block edges. Dustwrapper slightly faded along front top and spine panel edge (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Else very good.
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$50
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
85113
Togawa, Masako (Simon Grove, trans.)
A Kiss of Fire
Chatto & Windus Ltd., London, 1988.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 245pp. Minor wear; mild toning to text block edges. Minimal wear to dustwrapper edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$18
65645
Tonna (Steven Carter, ed. & trans.)
Just Living Poems and prose by the Japanese monk Tonna
Columbia University Press, New York NY, 2003.
Octavo; hardcover; 250pp. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$17
206020
Yokoyama, Hideo (Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, trans.)
Six Four
Quercus, London, 2016.
Octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards; 634pp, colour illustrations. New. Remainder. No dustwrapper as issued. Promotional obi wrapper.
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$17
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