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    Yukio Mishima. Four First American Editions, including: Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility a Cycle of Four Novels. Yukio Mishima. Translated from the Japanese by Michael Gallagher. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. First American Edition. Octavo. 421 pages. Publisher's cream cloth covers with the front cover illustrated in light blue metallic. The spine is lettered in blue metallic. Black, blue, and white illustrated dust jacket designed by Joseph del Gaudio. Top edge stained turquoise. Very minor rubbing to the jacket, two tiny closed tears to the foot of the jacket spine, red stamp on the front free endpaper, small pencil notation on the front free endpaper. Altogether a very good copy. The highly influential Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925 - 1970) strikingly committed seppuku, ritual suicide, upon the completion of his The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, of which this is the second volume. Set in the 1930s, this work dramatizes the patriotic conspiracy and nature of Japanese fanaticism, eloquently matching his writing tone to the fervent tenor of the content. [and:] Five Modern No Plays. By Yukio Mishima. Translated from the Japanese by Donald Keene. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. First American Edition. Octavo. xvii, 198 pages. Ten halftone photographic plates. Publisher's quarter black cloth over maroon blind-stamped boards. The spine is lettered in metallic purple. Orange, black, and white illustrated dust jacket. Top edge stained yellow. Very minor rubbing to the jacket, very slightly discolored jacket spine, tiny closed tears to the head and foot of the jacket spine, a small closed tear to the edge of the jacket back, small red stamp on the front free endpaper, partially unopened. Altogether a very good copy. In this valuable collection Yukio Mishima revives and delicately modernizes the great art form of the No play, which had become rather esoteric and stylized. Central to these plays are chance encounters that clearly reveal the workings of fate through our lives. [and:] The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. By Yukio Mishima. Translated from the Japanese by John Nathan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965. First American Edition. Octavo. 181 pages. Publisher's quarter teal cloth over red boards with the front cover illustrated in metallic green. Spine lettered in gilt and metallic green. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Ellen Raskin. Top edge stained bright lime green. Negligible rubbing to the jacket, very tiny closed tear to the foot of the jacket spine, small faded red stamp on the front pastedown endpaper, two light paperclip indentations on the front free endpaper. Altogether a very good copy. Mishima's insightful work focuses upon a group of rebellious adolescent boys from wealthy families who decide to reject the supposedly deceptive and hypocritical adult world and adopt a cold and heartless nature that they label objectivity. [and:] The Temple of Dawn: The Sea of Fertility a Cycle of Four Novels. Yukio Mishima. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders and Cecilia Segawa Seigle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. First American Edition. Octavo. 330 pages. Publisher's cream cloth covers with the front cover illustrated in metallic purple. The spine is lettered in blue. Black, yellow, red, and tan illustrated dust jacket. Tope edge stained orange. Very lightly rubbed jacket, small red stamp on the front free endpaper, small pencil notation on the front free endpaper. Altogether a very good copy. This rather profound work represents the third novel in the Sea of Fertility tetralogy. The novel focuses upon the post World War II era in Japan, and the author seems torn between his Buddhist philosophy and an apocalyptic vision of Japanese ethos.

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