Very Good / Very Good. Item #001627
Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1939. First Edition. 12mo; viii + 238pp. Butter-yellow dust jacket with navy blue lettering and sketch of Hearn on front face; bamboo motif on spine, and list of other Japan-published Hearn titles on back. Binding of olive cloth with gold lettering and bamboo motif on spine; Hokuseido Press device blind-stamped on rear panel. Top of textblock stained black. With original American reseller's bookshop label pasted onto bottom of title page, and original Japanese publishing and pricing sheet, imprinted with red hanko stamp, pasted onto final leaf. Both pristine.
Dust jacket lightly soiled, unclipped; including British and American price tag pasted onto front inner fold. Binding near pristine, with very slight nudging to spine crown and foot; gilding still bright. Textblock evenly, but minimally, age-tanned.
A posthumously collected anthology of Hearn's early, brief, journalistic pieces on science-inflected topics. They were originally published, during Hearn's youthful career days, in Cincinnati and New Orleans newspapers, before his permanent move to Japan.