First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4732
New York: Hyperion, 2000. Stated First Edition with full numberline. Signed by the author without inscription on full title. Octavo (9.5” x 6.5”); viii, 530pp. Illustrated dustjacket with original $24.95 price; book in black paper- and cloth-covered boards with red lettering to spine. Jacket shows some light rubbing and bumping along edges, corners, and spine ends, but with no chips, tears, or marks. Boards lightly rubbed along bottom edge with some nudging to spine ends. A few pages near middle creased along bottom edge, not involving text. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Met with wide acclaim even before publication and shortlisted for several prizes, The Last Samurai sold 100,000 copies in English but fell suddenly out of print and into a sort of cult obscurity--partially due to the difficulty of securing rights for the numerous other works quoted and the design / copyediting gymnastics involved in typesetting its many foreign language passages. Finally reissued in paperback by New Directions in 2016, the novel is beginning to find a second wind, with Vulture naming it “The Best Book of the 21st Century (for Now).” This copy is a First Edition, First Printing from the initial 2000 Hyperion hardcover print run. Uncommon signed.