Under current restrictions, our shops are closed to the public, but we are still processing online, telephone and email orders as normal.


The Sound of Waves.

Translated by Meredith Weatherby. Drawings by Yoshinori Kinoshita.

Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956 Stock Code: 144379
Reserve Ask us a question

First Japanese printing of the first English language edition, very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Mishima on the front free endpaper, "To Donald Warren-Knott with the author's best wishes, Yukio Mishima, 10th March '57". Donald Warren-Knott was a young expatriate based in Tokyo in the late 1950s, stationed as a junior member of the Information Section at the British Consulate, and went on to become Britain's Consul to Japan. Like Mishima he had theatrical interests, and directed the play The Love of Four Colonels by Peter Ustinov for the Tokyo International Players in February 1958. Later in life, Warren-Knott became the UK Administrator of the Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation.

The Sound of Waves was Mishima's third novel, written following his 1952 visit to Greece and incorporating elements of the story of Daphnis and Chloe. It was originally published in Japanese in 1954, and the English translation was first published by Knopf in New York in August 1956, this Tokyo issue appearing very soon after in the same month. It was the first of many works by Mishima to be translated into English. Awarded the Shincho Prize from Shinchosha Publishing in the year of its publication, it is one of Mishima's most enduring works, being adapted into films five times.

Confused? Read our glossary


Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers.


Lightly rubbed at ends and corners, but a sound and bright copy in excellent condition.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details



Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220

ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book