1900. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1900.
8vo, 268, (2), (4, ads) pp. Five plates, original pictorial blue cloth, gilt lettering, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Near fine copy with a hint of rubbing to the extremities. Bookplate of William, Eleanor, and Alice Finch on front pastedown and tiny ticket of D.P.Elder and Morgan Shepherd, San Francisco, at foot of rear pastedown.
§ First edition. A combination of essays, sketches, and prose fiction inspired by Japan. Hearn moved to Japan in 1890 as a newspaper correspondent. He became a Japanese citizen in 1896, and died there in 1904. His writings offered many Western readers their first glimpse of Japanese culture (if romaticised and exoticised). BAL 7935. A pretty copy of this attractive binding designed by Bruce Rogers, lacking the scarce dust-jacket. Item #123792