JAPAN: AN ATTEMPT AT INTERPRETATION. New York: The Macmillan Company. London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1904. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] [1-2] 3-541 [542: blank] [543-544: ads] [545-546: blank], inserted frontispiece with tissue guard, original decorated brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, t.e.g. First edition. Hearn's major book on Japan. "... the summation of all his sympathetic and acute observation of Japan. His previous books, he had been averaging one a year, had presented the minutiae of life and custom, and details concerning birds, insects, cats, and flowers. His last book was the essence of all Japan, a real interpretation of the mind and soul of the people of his adoption. He did not live to see it in final form, dying on 26 September 1904, of a heart attack, leaving a widow, three sons, and a daughter." - DAB. BAL 7941. Attractive old bookplate of George Munson Curtis affixed to the front paste-down. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, page edges just a bit tanned, a very good copy. (#164091).
"Published September, 1904" on copyright page.