UK first edition, first printing. Published by Secker & Warburg. Signed in English and Japanese.Happy birthday to a Handsome Young Friend from [signature]. The dedication was for James Shuttleworth, Mishimas friend and possible lover. The book stem from the Shuttleworth family and will be accompanied by copies of the letters that state the provenance. The condition of the book is very good with moderate foxing to the page block. The original dust jacket is near fine with vibrant colouring. The book stems from the Shuttleworth estate. Martin Shuttleworth from the Paris Review was an influential literary critic who recommended Mishima to the Nobel Prize committee. He hosted many literary figures in his house including Mishima who took a liking to his son son Jason James. James visited Japan many times and it became an open secret that James and Mishima were romantically involved.
This book stems from James collection. Copies of letters provide excellent provenance for the signature. Yukio Mishima is one of the best Japanese writers of the 20th century. His gruesome suicide (traditional seppuku style) after a failed coup détat in 1970 has furthered interest in the man and his work. Signed UK first editions are exceptionally scarce to find in any condition.
The item "Mishima, Yukio'After the Banquet', SIGNED INSCRIBED first edition 1st/1st" is in sale since Wednesday, March 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "firstandfine" and is located in Birmingham. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, to all countries in continental Asia, to United States, to Canada, to Australia, BR, to New Zealand, to Mexico.