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Hearn, Lafcadio.  Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (pr. by the Riverside Press), 1904. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., [14], 240, [2] pp.; 1 plt.
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First edition: Japanese ghost stories collected and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn (1850–1904) was a Greek-Irish journalist who left the United States for Martinique and later Japan, where he found such a wealth of material that he lived there for the remaining 14 years of his life, teaching English literature at the Imperial University in Tokyo and researching Japanese folklore.
        This is state C as per the BAL, which does not establish precedence among the three states described (saying "No sequence has been established and simultaneous publication is quite possible"). => Bruce Rogers designed the elegant binding, and Japanese artist Keichu Takenouche supplied the drawings for the frontispiece and plate.
        Binding: Publisher's greenish-black cloth, front cover with leaf and flower design in green and reddish-orange, decorative title stamped in gilt; spine with similar motifs. Top edge gilt.

BAL 7940, state C. Publisher's cloth as above, dust jacket not present; extremities rubbed, spine slightly dimmed, front hinge (inside) tender. Clippings about Hearn's life and his funeral attached to back endpapers. Pages evenly age-toned with one leaf torn in two places not touching text; two leaves with tiny chips in lower margins. => An attractive and intriguing copy, owned by someone interested in Hearn's life.  (41512)   Please RESHELVE This.


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