Poems from the Japanese.
Illustrated by Martin Levitt.[No place], Mandrill Press, 1958 Stock Code: 132202
NotesFirst and signed limited edition, number 81 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961. This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems of various eras which "were collected casually over a period of years and in some cases we are unable to identify the poet or give a date". It also includes Japanese folk tale Oshidori, translated by Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. "The prints which illustrate them are not engravings: the original cuts have been used in the press." The front board onlay illustration is a repeat of the woodcut illustrating 7th-century Prince Otsu's death poem, which he wrote while awaiting his execution.
Octavo. Original grey cloth, red pictorial onlay to front board with titles in black, entirely unopened.
Title vignette and 30 woodcut illustrations in black and red (including two full-page), and ornamental bordures by Martin Levitt.
Spine a little darkened, rear joint starting, lightly rubbed, occasional slight foxing. A very good copy.
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