[The Picture of] Dorian Gray [Yutoji.]

Wilde (Oscar)

[The Picture of] Dorian Gray [Yutoji.]

Translated by Hisao Honma.

Description: FIRST JAPANESE EDITION, frontispiece portrait of the author, tissue-guarded, some light spotting, pp. [559], [3], crown 8vo, original orange cloth, blind-stamped design to upper board, the backstrip lettered in gilt with a decorative border stamped in green and white, lightly soiled overall, top edge green, board slipcase with printed labels showing Japanese title, this a little rubbed at extremities with light wear at corners, very good

Publication Details: Tokyo: Shinchosha, Taisho 2 [1913]

Notes: Scarce. An important translation in respect of the author's reception in Japan. The translator had, two years earlier, published the first translation into Japanese of any of the author's books (shorter pieces had appeared in periodicals), with De Profundis, but the present work is the first appearance of his fiction in the country (a translation of Salomé appeared in the same year) - and in its themes, prizing youth and beauty, one might regard it as being somewhat compatible with the cultural sensibility of the nation. Japanese interest in Wilde's work largely focused on his aestheticism, ...more

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Subject: Modern First Edition

Published Date: [1913]

Stock Number: 68815

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