Boston: Robert Brothers, 1887. First edition. DESCRIPTION: First edition. Written in 1886, Hearn was searching for tales of "weird beauty," of the elegance hidden within Oriental tales of the supernatural which evoked a mood more than outright fright or horror. This was Hearn's first exploration of the topic that would be his lasting legacy. Written when he was living in New Orleans, four years before he would land in Japan to spend the rest of his life there. Hardcover in slipcase. 185 pages. CONDITION NOTES: Small octavo in beige cloth with brown letters in dark brown case; VG; moderate soiling and slight fraying on spine; previous owner's inscriptions on front end page and title page; page 11 cut and repaired; age toned paper clean; pp. 185; scarce in yellow binding; SHELVED ROCKVILLE NON-RETAIL. Rockville Non-Retail Listings. (Inventory #: 13-64-1264934)
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