Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (two volumes), Japanese Letters (one volume)
Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company / The Riverside Press
Date Published: 1906; 1910
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 33933
475; 554; 468pp. Large octavos [24 cm] Dark green cloth covered boards with paper spine labels The fore and bottom edges are deckled. Housed in purple cloth four-fold covers and custom half purple morocco slipcases. Books are very good in like slipcases. The extremities are gently bumped and rubbed, and the boards are very slightly bowed. There are several minor ripples in the cloth of the covers and / or spines. Previous owner's name on the front free endsheets. The text blocks are cracked at the half title pages. Tanned pages. There are numerous notaion in pencil on the rear endsheets. The spine labels of volumes 1 and 2 are just a little chipped. The rear pastedown of volume 2 has an adhered newspaper clipping, and the rear free endsheet has a corresponding dark patch. There are several light stains on p. 517 of volume 2. The slipcases show light wear and soiling, and sporadic areas of sun fading. The largest amount of fading is on top edge of the back of the slipcase of volume 1. There are several minor bumps along the edges of the slipcases. The four-fold folders are in very good condition as well, with minor sunning to the spines.
3 volume set. Illustrated. Large paper copies, of which only 200 were made. With a page of Hearn's original handwritten manuscript tipped in at the beginning of volume 1 of The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn. Cited on pages 55 and 59 of Lafcadio Hearn: A Bibliography of His Writings by P.D. and Ione Perkins.