OMAR KHAYYÁM.

One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.

Translated into Japanese chiefly from the Fitzgerald version by Dr. H. Kakise.

Worcester, Mass.: Privately printed at Clark University, 1910 Stock Code: 141753
£300.00

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Notes

First edition in Japanese, number 31 of 100 copies, and invariably scarce; this a particularly well preserved copy of a fragile publication.

In his introduction, Hikozo Kikase remarks that his translation was undertaken as the behest of "my friend Mr. F. L. Coes so as to add a new variety to his collection of seven hundred copies of the original and its translations into different tongues". Kikase worked largely from the fifth edition (1889) of Fitzgerald's celebrated translation, moulding his version "in a new form of Japanese verse known as 'Shin-tai-shi' a kind of blank verse and the best adapted for the rendering of foreign poems". He concludes humbly that "having no previous experience in the art of verse-making and working far from my native land without books and friends to consult with, it is probable that this translation might be materially improved". It would be 11 years before another Japanese version was published (Tokyo, 1921).

Kikase (1874-1944) was a Japanese psychologist who had studied at Tokyo University, obtaining his Ph.D. at Clark in 1909. He was a student of Yujiro Motora, the first doctorally prepared psychologist from Japan, who had himself studied under and worked with G. Stanley Hall at Johns Hopkins in the 1880s (it was Hall who invited Freud to America in 1909).

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Description

Landscape octavo. Original pale cream-coloured mottled wrappers, titles to front cover, stab-stitched, white silk ties.

Condition

A fine copy.

Bibliography

Potter 497.

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