Lafcadio Hearn
In Ghostly Japan, 1899 Edition

 

Pictorial Cover

 

Full Page Plate

 
Hearn, Lafcadio:
In Ghostly Japan, Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1899, blue cloth with cherry-blossom design in black and cream extending across covers and spine, spine and front cover and spine gold gilt lettering, 8vo (5 x 7 1/2 in), 2 pages of ads, 241 pp. Illustrated with frontispiece (with tissue guard) and three plates (monochrome) and five in-text illustrations. Full page plates include: the Mountain of Skulls, the Magical Incense, the Peony Lantern and the Lights of the Dead. A collection of 14 short stories centered on the folklore, superstitions and traditions of Japan with a heavy emphasis on Buddhist doctrine. Chapters included: Fragmemt, Furisode, Incense, a Story of Divination, Silkworm, a Passional Karma, Footprints of the Buddha, Uluation, Bits of Poetry, Japanese Buddhist Proverbs, Suggestion, Ingwa-Banashi, Story of a Tengu and at Yaidzu. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), a writer, translator and teacher was one of the first important Western interpreters of Japanese culture and literature.

Other Editions (several printings including):

  • 1899, London, Sampson Low, Marston and Co, 241 pp. Retail: $75-$100.
  • 1900, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $75.
  • 1903, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $50.
  • 1905, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $70.
  • 1906, London, Kegan Paul. Retail: $45.
  • 1907, London, Kegan Paul. Retail: $35.
  • 1908, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $40.
  • 1911, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $30.
  • 1915, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $25.
  • 1922, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 241 pp. Retail: $25.
  • No doubt many others as they worked this mine for many years.
 

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