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Guide to Tale of Genji.
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Guide to Tale of Genji.

By William J. Puette.

Rutland, VT Charles E. Tuttle , 1983. Hardcover First Edition (1983); First Printing, so stated. First Edition (1983); First Printing, so stated. Near Fine: shows only the most minute indications of use: several very tiny dots of soil at the front panel; else flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A handsome nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing minor, unobtrusive flaws only. Bright and clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.55 x 5 x 0.8 inches). 195 pages. Illustrated with drawings and designs in black & white. Language: English. Weight: 11 ounces. Purple cloth with silver titles at the backstrip. Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature Series. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$11.96

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories.
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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories.

By Yasutaka Tsutsui.

New York, NY Random House: Pantheon Books, 2008. Paperback First Edition Thus [2008]; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus [2008]; First Printing indicated (Uncorrrected Proof: Advance Reader's Edition). Very Near Fine in Wraps: the front panel wants to curl up ever so slightly; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A very nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing a single minor flaw. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.3 x 0.65 inches). 252 pages. Translated from the Japanese by Andrew Driver. Language: English. Weight: 10.9 ounces. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps. In this dazzling collection of thirteen short stories, ordinary reality quickly changes into something very different. A little bonsai tree at the foot of a couples's bed gives them erotic dreams--in which their neighbors become involved (really). A corporate drone finds his smallest actions reported in the newspaper. The last smoker finds himself an endangered species, as society turns against tobacco. Each story begins with a somewhat believable premise and quickly descends to absurdity and way, way beyond. The stories are amazing, amusing, shocking, and erotic. Author Tsutsui writes brilliantly in crisp, lucid prose. I enjoyed the collection thoroughly. There is some unevenness among the stories--the title story being a little less engaging than the others. Still, these are great short stories and I recommend them highly.

$9.41

In the Shade of Spring Leaves: The Life and Writings of Higuchi Ichiyo, a Woman of Letters in Meiji Japan, with Nine of Her Best Short Stories.
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In the Shade of Spring Leaves: The Life and Writings of Higuchi Ichiyo, a Woman of Letters in Meiji Japan, with Nine of Her Best Short Stories.

By Higuchi Ichiyo and Robert Lyons Danly .

New York, NY W.W. Norton & Co, 1992. Paperback First Edition Thus (1992); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition Thus (1992); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Fine in Wraps: flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the covers. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing no flaws. Bright and Clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. ix, 355 pages. Sixteen-page section of vintage duotone photographs. Front endpaper maps. Language: English. Weight: 19.5 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$24.50

The Ruined Map.
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The Ruined Map.

By Kobo Abe.

New York, NY Random House: Vintage International, 2001. Paperback First Edition thus [2001], so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition thus [2001], so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use; the binding shows the very slightest lean and the pages have tanned ever so slightly due to aging; else flawless; the binding remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any creases to the covers. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, showing no visible wear, but does possess a couple of minor, unobtrusive flaws. Bright and Clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches). 299 pages. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. Language: English. Weight: 9 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$14.70

Genji Monogatari.

By Murasaki Shibuki.

Rutland, VT Charles E. Tuttle Company, Publishers, 1974. Paperback First Edition Thus (1974), so stated. First Edition Thus (1974), so stated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: backstrip ever-so-slightly sunned, but titles thereon remain bold and clearly legible; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Tiny dot at bottom edge (this is not a remainder mark, but a local "new" retail bookstore marks their books this way); a publisher's price sticker, once sew-in to the binding at the front endpaper, has been removed. Free of any creases. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tighly bound, showing only a couple of very minor flaws. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.15 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches). 227 pages + Tuttle Books ads. Translated by Kencho Suematsu. Introduction by Terence Barrow. English-language edition of the celebrated romance novel written 1000 years ago by a Lady in the court of Empress Akiko. Nice clean crisp copy of a scarce edition. Language: English. Weight: 7 ounces. Mass Market Paperback.

$9.41

Death in Midsummer and Other Stories.
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Death in Midsummer and Other Stories.

By Yukio Mishima.

New York, NY New Directions Publishing , 1966. Paperback First Edition USA; (1966) Twenty-Third Printing. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; the binding is ever so slightly cocked off square, but remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, showing just a couple of very minor flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches). 181 pages. Translated by Ivan Morris, Donald Keene and others. Language: English. Weight: 7.5 ounces. First Edition USA; (1966) Twenty-Third Printing. Trade Paperback.

$4.70

The Broken Commandment.

By Toson Shimazaki .

Tokyo, Japan University of Tokyo Press , 1974. Hardcover First Edition (1974), unstated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. The Book shows just a hint of shelving wear along the bottom edge of the decorated boards; a small dime-size scar at the upper front free endpaper, where a sticker has been removed; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, showing just a touch of wear. The DJ price only the mildest rubbing and a hint of sunning the backstrip (the titles thereon remain unaffected: bold and clearly legible; the price is unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (9.25 x 6.25 x 0.85 inches). xxv, 249 pages.Translated and with an Introduction by Kenneth Strong. Cover is an illustration of a family of six in traditional Japanese dress, all membersof the family but the father have yellow heads; matching dust jacket. Decorated Endpapers. Later editions include the Japanese title: "Hakai"; this first edition does not. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 4 ounces. UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: Japanese. First Edition (1974), unstated. Hardback with DJ.

$58.80

A Warbler's Song in the Dusk: The Life and Work of Otomo Yakamochi (718-784).

By Paula Doe .

Berkeley, CA University of California Press, 1982. Hardcover First Edition [1982]; First Printing indicated by a complete number sequence. First Edition [1982]; First Printing indicated by a complete number sequence. Very Near Fine: shows only the most minute indications of use: a couple of small, faint smudges at the bottom edge of the text block; a former bookdealer's rubber-stamped logo at the upper corner of the front free endpaper. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Very close to 'As New'. This is a REMAINDER, showing a small rubber-stamped mark at the bottom edge of the text block. NOT a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 8vo. (9.25 x 6.15 x 0.9 inches). ix, 260 pages. Weight: 18.4 ounces. Language: English. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.

$29.40

Snow Country: A Novel.

By Yasunari Kawabata .

Rutland, VT Charles E. Tuttle , 1957. Paperback First Edition Thus [1957], Thirty-Sixth Printing [1986]. Very Good in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: the spine leans ever so slightly; shows the mildest rubbing to the panels; a touch of wear to the upper front corner tip, which has been reinforced with clean cellophane tape; the the red titles at the backstrip are sun-blanched and are now legible only with difficulty (the white, grey and black designs thereon remain unaffected); a small, faint stain at the fore-edge; former owner's gift inscription at one of the rear flyleaves. The binding remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. Shows some flaws, but still appears, in overall appearance, to be close to 'As New'. Would make a handsome reading copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 175 pages. Translated by Edward Seidensticker. Unesco Collection of Representative Japanese Works Series. First Edition Thus [1957], Thirty-Sixth Printing [1986]. Mass Market Paperback.

$5.29

Inter Ice Age 4: A Novel of the Future.

By Kobo Abe.

Tokyo, Japan Charles E. Tuttle , 1981. Paperback First Edition thus [1971], so stated; Fifth Printing [1981]. Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use; a small coffee-like stain at the bottom corner of the text block; a small scuff at the lower backstrip; else flawless; the binding remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. No longer absolutely 'As New', but remains near to it: clean, sturdy, and quite presentable, showing no overt wear. This is a small book, but of higher quality than most "pocketbooks" you will encounter, printed on higher quality paper. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.15 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches). 228 pages. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. Illustrated with Drawings by Machi Abe. Weight: 6.4 ounces. First Edition thus [1971], so stated; Fifth Printing [1981]. Mass Market Paperback.

$49.00

Shipwrecks.
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Shipwrecks.

By Akira Yoshimura.

New York, NY Harcourt, Brace & Co, 1996. Hardcover First Edition USA [1996], so stated. First Edition USA [1996], so stated. Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Book is flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. The DJ shows only the a tiny nick at the top of the front hinge; the price is intact. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches). 180 pages. Translated by Mark Ealey. Weight: 13.5 ounces. Language: English. Hardback with DJ.

$14.70

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories.

By Yasunari Kawabata.

San Francisco, CA North Point Press, 1988. Paperback Book-Club Edition [1988]. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows just the barest hint of wear to the outside edges; a couple of pages are very mildly bumped near the upper corner; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.9 x 6 x 0.65 inches). xiv, 238 pages. Translated by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman. Weight: 11.3 ounces. Book-Club Edition [1988]. Paperback.

$8.23

Seven Japanese Tales.

By Junichiro Tanizaki .

New York, NY Putnam Publishing Group: Perigee Trade, 1981. Paperback First Edition Thus [1981], Tenth Printing. This Translation was first published in 1963. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to the outside edge of the rear panel. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, but has a "B" at the bottom edge of the text pages, so perhaps it may as well be. NOT a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.4 x 1 inches). ix, 298 pages. Translated by Howard Hibbett. Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$6.47

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.

By Sei Shonagon.

New York, NY Penguin Books: Penguin Classics, 1971. Paperback First Edition Thus [1971], Eighth Printing [1983]. Very Good in Wraps: shows moderate indications of use: noticeable rubbing to the wrapper covers; the pages have tanned somewhat, due to aging, and several pages have been lightly bumped at the bottom corner. Former owner's name and phone number inside the front cover. The binding leans ever so slightly, but remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. A handsome little volume, structurally sound and tightly bound, but showing some wear. NOT Book-Club or Ex-Library. May be a remainder, as there is a small, thin and very light mark at the bottom edge, near the outside edge. Appears to be a stray mark, but may be a remainder mark. 12mo. (7.125 x x 4.5 x .75 inches). 411 pages. Shipping Weight: 9.5 ounces. Illustrated with duotone drawings. Translated with an Introduction by Ivan Morris. First Edition Thus [1971], Eighth Printing [1983]. Mass Market Paperback. The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shonagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002. In it she included lists of all kinds, personal thoughts, interesting events in court, poetry, and some opinions on her contemporaries. While it is mostly a personal work, Shonagon's writing and poetic skill makes it interesting as a work of literature, and it is valuable as a historical document. Part of it was revealed to the Court by accident during Shonagon's life.

$12.25

Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, with Selected Examples.
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Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, with Selected Examples.

By Kenneth Yasuda.

Rutland, VT Tuttle Publishing, 1973. Paperback First Edition Thus [1973], Second Printing [1974]. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to the corner tips; the mildest overall rubbing. The binding square and secure; the text is clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.25 x 4.5 x .75 inches). 260 pages. Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces. First Edition Thus [1973], Second Printing [1974]. Mass Market Paperback.

$14.70

Moon in the Water: Understanding Tanizaki, Kawabata and Mishima.

By Gwenn Boardman Petersen.

Honolulu, HI University Press of Hawaii, 1979. Hardcover First Edition [1979], unstated, in accordance with UPH's customary, but not invariable, practice. Very Good+ in Very Good DJ: The Book shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of dusting to the top edge and a couple of small, faint smudges at the fore-edge; the binding shows very slight lean, but remains secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership notations, inscriptions, or labels. The DJ shows a half-inch by three-quarter inch chip at the head of the rear hinge; else only mild rubbing and a little faint soiling to the white background field of the panels; unclipped; mylar-protected. No longer 'As New', but remains, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing minimal wear in a still-handsome, but flawed DJ. 8vo. (8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches). xii, 366 pages. Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. First Edition [1979], unstated, in accordance with UPH's customary, but not invariable, practice.

$9.41

Kangaroo Notebook: A Novel.
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Kangaroo Notebook: A Novel.

By Kobo Abe .

New York, NY Random House: Vintage International, 1997. Paperback First Edition Thus [1997], Third Printing. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 192 pages. Trade Paperback.

$7.06

Childhood Years: A Memoir.

By Junichiro Tanizaki.

London, UK Collins, 1990. Hardcover First Edition UK [1990], so stated. First Edition UK [1990], so stated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. The book shows just a hint of smudging to the bottom edge and even fainter smudges to the fore-edge; else flawless; the binding is square and remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows only very mild rubbing; the price unclipped. Overall, while no longer absolutely pristine, remains virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 240pp. Translated By Paul McCarthy. Crimson toned boards. Hardback with DJ.

$9.41

Haiku, Volume I: Eastern Culture.

By R.H. Blyth.

Tokyo, Japan Hokuseido Press, 1949. Hardcover First Edition Thus [1949], Thirteenth Printing [1965]. Good: Shows significant indications of use: considerable soiling to the cream buckram over boards; only light wear to the extremities; some darkening and rubbing; dampstaning at the outside edge of the pages in the appendix. The binding remains square and, after repairs due to cracked and or shaken conditions, remains quite secure; the text is clean. Overall, remains, despite some heavy soiling to the covers, a reasonably sturdy reading copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 422pp. Color frontispice. Decorated endpapers. Twenty-five duotone plates. Appendices. First Edition Thus [1949], Thirteenth Printing [1965]. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. After early imagist interest in haiku the genre drew less attention in English, until after World War II, with the appearance of a number of influential volumes about Japanese haiku. In 1949, with the publication in Japan of the first volume of Haiku, Blyth's four-volume work, haiku was introduced to the post-war Western world. Blyth produced a series of works on Zen, haiku, senryu, and on other forms of Japanese and Asian literature, the most significant being his Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics (1942); his four-volume Haiku series (1949–52), dealing mostly with pre-modern haiku, though including Shiki; and his two-volume History of Haiku (1964). Many contemporary Western writers of haiku were introduced to the genre through his works. These include the San Francisco and Beat Generation writers, such as Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg, as well as J.D. Salinger. Many members of the international "haiku community" also got their first views of haiku from Blyth's books, including American author James W. Hackett (born 1929), Eric Amann, William J. Higginson, Anita Virgil, Jane Reichhold, and Lee Gurga. Some noted Blyth's distaste for haiku on more modern themes and his strong bias regarding a direct connection between haiku and Zen, a connection largely ignored by modern Japanese poets. (Basho, in fact, felt that his devotion to haiku prevented him from realising enlightenment. In addition, many classic Japanese haiku poets, including Chiyo-ni, Buson, and Issa were Pure Land rather than Zen Buddhists.) Blyth also did not view haiku by Japanese women favourably, downplaying their substantial contributions to the genre, especially during the Basho era and the twentieth century. In just over 800 pages of text in his two volume History of Haiku, Blyth devotes a total of 16 pages to haiku by women, and even these pages are run through with negative comments about women as writers of haiku. "Women are said to be intuitive, and as they cannot think, we may hope this is so, but intuition, like patriotism, is not enough." With respect to a verse ostensibly by Chi-yo he wrote, "Chiyo's authorship of this verse is doubtful, but so is whether women can write haiku." Although Blyth did not foresee the appearance of original haiku in languages other than Japanese when he began writing on the topic, and although he founded no school of verse, his works stimulated the writing of haiku in English. At the end of the second volume of his History of Haiku (1964), he remarked that "The latest development in the history of haiku is one which nobody foresaw...the writing of haiku outside Japan, not in the Japanese language." He followed that comment with a number of original verses in English by Hackett with whom Blyth corresponded.

$49.00

The Dance of the Dust on the Rafters: Selections from "Ryojin-hisho"

By David Jenkins and Yasuhiko Moriguchi, (Translators).

Seattle, WA Broken Moon Press, 1990. Paperback First Edition Thus [1990]; unstated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; mildest rubbing. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. Not a Remainder, but does show a tiny dot at the bottom edge, used by a local bookseller to distinguish "new" from "used" books. NOT a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 8vo. 145pp. First Edition Thus [1990]; unstated (in accordance with Broken Moon's customary practice). This may be an reprint, as White Pine is said to have published this title in 1989. Trade Paperback. This collection of Japanese folk poetry is translated into English in a manner that requires no explanatory notes or extensive introduction. A handful may require some knowledge of the religious context, one or two require a bit of geography but the rest are enjoyable English poetry independent of its Japanese origins. Expect the conciseness typical of Japanese poetry. Assume abundant nature imagery. Add a dash of humor and of romatic love. You now have a proper image of this poetry. Example: "Things that are especially fleet are / the falcon and the peregrine, / the great hawk/ flying from the hand/ of the hunter,/ waterfalls,/ bundles of firewood/ tumbling down the hill,/ and the answers/ to your prayers/ to the gods/ Sansho and Gosho." If you read Chinese and/or Japanese poetry, this is a must read.

$9.41

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