New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1952. First American Edition. American edition of Akutagawa's best-known collection of work, first published in English (in Japan) by the Charles E. Tuttle Co. in 1952. The stories were written by Akutagawa between 1915-1921, published in literary magazines. The first two stories, "In A Grove" and "Rashomon," served as the inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's masterful film adaptation, which opened the world of Japanese film to the West, and introduced Toshiro Mifune to viewers on a mass scale. As a testament to its significance and staying power, the collection (along with several other stories) was re-issued by Penguin Books in 2006, with an entirely new translation by Jay Rubin, and a lengthy introduction by Haruki Murakami. Criterion 138. Item #4640
Octavo (21cm); teal cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; ,5-119,pp, with frontispiece and 6 plates of illustrations by M. Kuwata. Hint of oxidation to titling, else fresh and Fine in a Fine variant dustjacket - entirely re-designed to highlight the film version's win at the 12th Venice International Film Festival - showing only a little pinpoint wear to extremities.