WALEY, Arthur. Japanese Poetry. The ‘Uta’. Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1919. 4°. Half tone frontispiece. Original grey printed wrappers (some staining and light rubbing at edges). FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by the author on the title. With 5 other books by or translated by the same author, namely The No: A Few Translations ([London, 1920], offprint, inscribed, “From Arthur Waley to Dr Marie Stopes, April 1921” – the meeting at which Waley first presented these translations to the Japan Society was presided over by Marie Stopes), Some Poems from the Manyoshu and Ryojin Hissho ([London, 1921], offprint), The Originality of Japanese Civilization (London, 1929), The Lady Who Loved Insects (London, The Blackamore Press, 1929, etchings by Hermine David, ONE OF 50 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTHUR WALEY). Also included in the lot are 9 autograph letters from Arthur Waley, 3 of which to Cyril Connolly, one concerning a comment he may have misheard at a dinner; another in Spanish, shared with Gerald Brenan; and the third regarding a trip to Vienna; 2 letters to Janie Bussy; and 4 further letters from Waley to Raymond Mortimer, Stanley Unwin and others. (qty)
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