The Sound of Waves.
Translated by Meredith Weatherby. Drawings by Yoshinori Kinoshita.Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956 Stock Code: 144379
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.
Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers.
Lightly rubbed at ends and corners, but a sound and bright copy in excellent condition.
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