THE ROMANCE OF THE MILKY WAY AND OTHER STUDIES & STORIES. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] [1-2] 3-209 [210: printer's imprint] [211-212: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaf at front, printed throughout in red and black, original decorated gray cloth, front, spine and rear panels stamped in yellow, top edge stained yellow, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First edition. Collects seven essays and stories, including "The Mirror Maiden," a supernatural tale. The major work here is Hearn's important essay and translation "Goblin Poetry," pp. 53-102, that affords "some glimpses of a supernatural world which still remains for the most part unexplored. Without knowledge of Far Eastern superstitions and folktales, no real understanding of Japanese fiction or drama or poetry will ever become possible." Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 790v. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 200. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). BAL 7943. Small label with book number affixed to spine panel, old-style library pocket removed from paste-down, faint ghost of same on front free endpaper, no other library markings, a very good copy. (#159855).
"Published October 1905" on copyright page.