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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
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
214475
Blyth, R.H.
A History of Haiku - Two Volumes "From the Beginnings up to Issa"; & "From Issa up to the Present"
The Hokuseido Press, Tokyo Japan, 1976 & 1973.
Two volumes: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with upper board decorations and decorative endpapers; 802pp. [427pp. + 375pp.], bilingual text (Japanese and English) with one colour and one monochrome frontispiece and 17 monochrome and colour plates. Minor wear; text block edges very lightly toned; retailer's ink stamp to the flyleaf of Volume 2. Dustwrappers rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panels; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$300
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
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
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
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
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
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
7911
Tanizaki, Jun'ichiro (trans. Matsui Sakuku)
A Cat, Shozo and Two Women
Wild Peony, Sydney, 1988.
Hardcover; octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 138pp. Slight imperfection in the trimming of the top page edge. Black illustrated dustwrapper with tiny scrape on head of spine, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$17
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
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
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