Item Detail

Item Number 2507
Title Life And Letters Of Lafcadio Hearn (2 Volumes), The
Author Bisland, Elizabeth
Condition VG+/NONE
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Place Published Boston
Date Published 1906
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Hardcover; 1st Printing
Notes 1st edition/1st printing. VG++ condition. A definitive work on the life and letters of Lafcadio Hearn (Vol. 1 is Life; Vol. II is Letters). Bound in black cloth with gilt spine and front binding panel printing and gilt upper page edges. There is some shelfwear and bumping at spine ends and some bumping/edge rubbing to corners plus a tiny tannish spot at outer page edges starting (barely) on the copyright page edge and running across the outer edge of the few pages of the preface to end on the contents page edge. No other spots or soiling. All illustrations called for are present, the frontispiece tissue guards are also present and undamaged except that one tissue guard has a vertical fold line. Lovely clean, straight set with no dulling to the gilt of front binding panels, spines or upper page edges, the page edges are clean, and the binding cloth is in very good shape. A previous owner of the set was Burton Holmes (who coined the word 'travelogue'). He was a reknowned world traveler/photographer who gave travel lectures in major cities in all the countries he'd traveled to. He incorporated slides and film, both stills and movies (the first travel lecturer to use movies as part of his lectures). His lectures eventually also included radio, TV and professional movie shorts (for MGM and Paramount primarily). Travelogues as a form of arm-chair travel was so popular back then that Mr. Holmes even has his own sidewalk star in the 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame.' Mr. Holmes has SIGNED this set in pencil on the front end page in Vol. I as 'Burton Holmes, Yokohama, April 1922.' Mr. Holmes was commissioned by Houghton Mifflin to go back to Japan (he'd been there while Mr. Hearn was alive, too but I've found no evidence they'd met) to take photographs of Mr. Hearn's home and garden for their upcoming 1923 multi-volume set 'The Writings Of Lafadio Hearn.' No doubt Mr. Holmes bought this set of books for reference in Japan since there are 1 each book very tiny Yokohama book store labels on the front pastedowns. It is also quite possible Mr. Holmes wrote the 4 lines of pencil notes (written very lightly in pencil but they appear to be locations of photography sites) on the blank back side of last text page in Vol. I. There is also a very tiny Hollywood bookstore stamp to the back pastedowns of both volumes where it is possible the books were sold after Mr. Holmes' death in 1958, as his home during the latter part of his life was in Hollywood. Fascinating histories of world travelers of the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, particularly since so intertwined with this author's life. ; Vol. 2
Keyword(s) Lafcadio Hearn,Biography,Japan,History
Category(ies) Biographies Politics Government War,History Travel Exploration Places
Price $540.00