Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, c. 1904. Takenouchi, Keishu. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 254 pp. Fine / very good. Item #19060104
Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), born in Greece, raised in Ireland, emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen, spending time in Cincinnati and New Orleans; he eventually travelled to the West Indies and thence to Japan, where he found his true home. He married into a Samurai family and had four children, fully immersing himself into the Japanese culture. This collection of Japanese ghost stories is his best-known work; "Kwaidan" comprises numerous ghost stories and legends from Japan, as well as a study of various insects as they appear in Japanese culture and literature.
This volume is an early reprint of Hearn's book, with a circa 1905 dust jacket; the book was likely reprinted circa 1906, as the last book listed on the rear panel of the dust jacket ("Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn", by Elizabeth Bisland) was published in 1906. Per Perkins, this volume is also a Bruce Rogers imprint.
___DESCRIPTION: Full black cloth, illustrations in green and red with red lettering on the front board and spine, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration by Keishu Takenouchi captioned "Blowing her breath upon him", with tissue guard, one full-page black-and-white illustration by Takenouchi captioned "Butterfly Dance" following page 178; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-xiv] [1-2] 3-240. Vintage bookseller's ticket from "Brentano's" in New York on the rear paste-down. In a cream paper dust jacket with green illustration and lettering on the front panel and spine, a list of other books by the author on the rear panel; the dust jacket is unclipped but there is no price.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and corners, slightly cracked gutter at page 162, and there is a prior owner name "August Brentano" on the front free endpaper, who is likely related to the August Brentano who founded Brentano's in New York, which is the bookseller's ticket found on the rear paste-down of the book. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, clean overall with a few stray marks, overall edge wear, chipping to the corners, with some loss to the head, tail, and lower part of the spine and top edge, but no loss of text, toning to the spine and rear panel, with several small pieces of tape to the verso of the spine and front panel.
___CITATION: Perkins pp. 49-50.
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