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OSHIMA, Shotaro.
Poems.
Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press,, 1939. Inscribed and with letters from Oshima to Binyon, and a typescript letter from Yeats Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine in black with two decorative red stars, untrimmed. With the dust jacket.Foot of spine gently bumped, slight toning to endpapers. A near-fine copy in the very good jacket, spine darkened, a little toned and soiled, minor wear and creasing to corners. First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter signed from W. B. Yeats, dated July 5, 1938. Shotaro Oshima was W. B. Yeats's principal advocate in Japan, author of many publications about him, both in English and Japanese, and founder of the Yeats Society of Japan in 1965. The present items relate to Oshima's visiting a frail Yeats (1865-1939) at his home, when Yeats gave Oshima the enclosed typed letter of introduction to fellow English poet Laurence Binyon (1869-1943). In his letter, the Japanese poet explains to Binyon: "I am taking the liberty of sending you under separate cover a copy of my 'Poems: Among Shapes and Shadows'. I am afraid that they are rather badly written as I have some difficulty in expressing myself in good English. But I hope that you will find something of interest in my book. And I shall be very much obliged if you kindly give me some rem … [Click Below for Full Description]
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