Item #140946005 Yokohama, California. Toshio Mori, William Saroyan, Introduction.
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California
Yokohama, California

Yokohama, California

Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1949.

First edition, first printing. Signed by Toshio Mori on the half title, dated June 21, 1949, the year of publication. 166pp. Bound in publisher's orange cloth with lettered in black; lacking dust jacket. Good+ with slight lean to binding; fading to spine ends and front board top edge. Corners heavily rubbed with fraying. Rear board dinged at bottom edge. Bookseller's stamp on front pastedown; underlining in blue ink to five or so pages.

A literary landmark: the first English-language short story collection by a Japanese American writer. Originally it was to be published in 1942, but like others of Japanese ancestry the author was interned during WWII, at the Topaz Relocation Center, and lingering anti-Asian racism (to be blunt) postponed publication for years after the war had ended. Introduction by William Saroyan, who was quite a heavyweight author at the time, although now has become somewhat obscure. Uncommon in the first edition, downright scarce signed. Item #140946005

Price: $3,000.00

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