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Ten Nights' Dreams and Our Cat's Grave

Soseki, Natsume

Editorial: The Seito Shorin Press, Tokyo, 1934
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Robert Eldridge, Bookseller (Elizabethtown, NY, Estados Unidos de America)

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Soseki, Natsume. Ten Nights' Dreams and Our Cat's Grave. Translated [from the Japanese] by Sankichi Hata and Dofu Shirai. Tokyo: The Seito Shorin Press, 1934. First edition in English. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v- xviii [1-2] 3-112 [113-114: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank]. Original pictorial white linen dyed in dark blue, with hand-lettered paper labels affixed to front and spine panels. Illustrated with inserted frontispiece with illustration by Shigejiro Sano. Spine label a little darkened, a very good copy. Soseki's weird tales have been published by Tuttle in later editions. This edition is scarce. #545. $200. A series of short tales of dreams, with enigmatic fantasy elements. A brief note by the translator tells us that the author, born in 1867, "was one of the greatest men of the Meiji Restoration ." H. Vere Redman contributes a note that comments on the elements of enigma and fantasy in these stories. Toyotaka Komiya, a colleague and friend of the author, who died in 1916, contributes a short preface exploring some of the issues arising from the translation of this author (who had also been translated into a number of other Western languages). This text was the basis for the screenplay of a Japanese film, or anthology of shorts, each with its own director, released in 2007 as "Yume ju-ya," which Kevin Thomas of the L.A. TIMES praised for its place "in the grand exquisite tradition of the Japanese cinema of the supernatural," noting: "In 1906, eminent novelist Soseki Natsume wrote to a friend saying, 'I am an ambitious man who wants the people of 100 years hence to solve my riddle.' A century later, the venerable and venturesome Nikkatsu Studio assembled 11 directors to film Natsume's 'Ten Nights of Dreams.' Each dream has been brought to the screen by a different director, with Yoshitaka Amano and Masaaki Kawahara teaming for the Seventh Dream, a dazzling, shimmering work of animation involving an ocean voyage into the afterlife.". N° de ref. de la librería 545

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Título: Ten Nights' Dreams and Our Cat's Grave

Editorial: The Seito Shorin Press, Tokyo

Año de publicación: 1934

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro: Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: First Edition.

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When I began my bookselling business in 1996 I called it "Eldritch Books" because that adjective at least partly covered the type of material I offered (and because its similarity to my own surname seemed so -- eldritch). "Ghost stories" would be another handy, if somewhat reductive, term. Most of it is fiction from the 19th and early 20th century with a strong emphasis on the fantastic. Since the most familiar and relevant genre terms in use today -- "science fiction," "fantasy," "supernatural," "horror" -- were not so much in use when these books were first published, pegging them that way can be anachronistic. But that should give you the general idea. I don't have much in the way of American pulp (either in magazine or specialty press book form) but otherwise my interests range widely from high-brow to middle-brow to low-brow to amateur/eccentric. You're more likely to find rare and obscure works here than high spots. (Or at least they're obscure now, whatever their status was when first published.) In 2001 I went to work for L. W. Currey as cataloguer and general assistant. Since 2014 I've been back working on my own. I have exhibited at convention fairs (such as WFC and Readercon) in the past. I began collecting and studying antiquarian fantasy around 1980. Some of my essays have appeared in genre publications such as NYRSF, Wormwood and F&SF. I tend to carefully research my inventory and write extensive notes. (If another dealer wishes to make use of any of these notes, I'd appreciate the courtesy of putting such excerpts in quotes and giving proper attribution to me. That's what I do when I quote from any of my reference works.) I will be gradually listing my inventory on ABE over the coming years. I hope you find something of interest.

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