1955 · Tokyo
Edward Seidensticker (1921–2007) was a leading translator of classical and modern Japanese literature. Here he translates the diary of a 10th-century noblewoman known as => "the mother of Michitsuna" that covers 21 years and significantly illuminates Japanese marriage customs during the Heian period. Although she left behind an invaluable piece of Heian literature, "a remarkably frank personal confession" without romanticization or fabrication, very little is known of the author outside of her diary.
The black and white frontispiece depicts a dream of the author's as described in her text, and seven additional plates offer examples of period mansions, gardens, and contemporary noble garb.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Half red cloth with tan paper sides, "silver" lettering to spine and black lettering to boards; edges somewhat rubbed and small abrasions/discolorations to paper. Offsetting to endpapers. A solid, pleasant copy; very readable. (Inventory #: 38051)