Japan Advertiser Press, 1927, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
LILIAN MAY MILLER. Grass Blades From a Cinnamon Garden, Tokyo: Japan Advertiser Press, 1927. Tall octavo, first edition, pp. 88, 1 (colophon in Japanese), 3 woodblock prints plus frontis woodblock print, trifold wooden case with bone clasps, softcover with stab binding, cryptically inscribed by the artist on a preliminary leaf "to Nuno-San, to cement the 'triumvirate'." It is unclear who the triumvirate were; possibly including other Western female artists who were working in Japan. Miller was a highly unusual woodblock artist in that she did all the work herself, rather than turning sketches over to a team of cutters and printers. The artist was born in Tokyo in 1895, the daughter of an American diplomat. She trained in Japan before her father was shipped back to the U.S., where she continued her education at Vassar, returning to Japan in 1920 for more art training (see Wikipedia). The woodblock prints here are masterfully done. They accompany her writing, which consists to a large extent of lesbian love poetry. Aside from the frontispiece shown here, the prints are titled "The Three-Foot Bamboo Pipe," "Palace Walls That Crown The Vale," and "The Little Shrines on Quiet Hills." Condition of this book: Container is good but rubbed at extremities with scattered spots of color loss. Book is very good with a small and faint dampstain at the upper fore corner, bleeding into several leaves. The covers are lightening along the edges. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Art & Design; Japan; 1920s; Poetry. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54251.