Kikou Yamata — MASAKO, mesterligt håndindbundet

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Udgivet af P. Haase & Søns Forlag, 1926. 107 sider. Indbundet uden omslag med brede marginer og ekstra forsatspapir i et mesterligt, elegant grønt helbind med forgyldt bladdekoration og farvet topsnit. Smukt exlibris på inderomslag. Indvendig helt ren og frisk

“Masako” First Danish edition of Kikou Yamata’s ´short novel and grand succes in an outsstanding private fine binding. – Kikou Yamata is considered the first Nisei novelist, and one of the most remarkable: “the French-born writer Kikou Yamata, who during her long career appealed to readers on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific, and who was alternately beloved and suspected in both her native countries. Kikou Yamata was born in Lyon, France on March 15, 1897. She was the daughter of Tadazumi Yamada, a native of Nagasaki. After taking French courses in Japan with the scholar Léon Dury, to prepare him for foreign service, Tadazumi Yamada had been invited by the industrialist and collector Émile Guimet (future founder of the renowned Musée Guimet, a museum of Asian civilization in Paris) to come to Lyon, a center of silk manufacturing, and study at the prestigious La Martinière school. Yamada was ultimately appointed Japanese consul at Lyon by the Emperor Meiji. Kikou was the child of his love affair and marriage with Marguerite Varon, a French woman. The young Kikou spent her first years in Lyon. However, in 1908, when she was 11 years old, her father brought the family to Japan, settling in Tokyo. There Kikou attended a French school, Sacré-Coeur de Tokyo. During these years, she began writing for newspapers, as well as for the French magazine, Extrême Orient. In 1923, Tadazumi Yamada died and Kikou returned to France with her mother. She moved to Paris, where she began studies in Art History at the Sorbonne. Meanwhile, she began frequenting literary salons. Her Japanese manners—she dressed in a kimono and displayed a talent for ikebana—mixed with her fluent French made her a hit in Parisian society, where Japonisme had been a powerful force since at least the days of the impressionist painters (and of orientalist writers such as Pierre Loti). Yamata soon began attracting attention for her writings on Japan. Her first book, Sur des lèvres japonaises [On Japanese lips] was published in 1924, the year after her arrival in Paris. A volume of short tales, mixed with poetry and a Noh theater piece, it contained an endorsement in the form of an introduction by the famous French poet and critic Paul Valéry. The next year, Yamata brought out the short novel Masako with the well-known French publisher Stock. The title character, Masako, is a young woman with modern ideas who moves into the house of her uncle after her beloved mother’s death. There she lives under the moral guaradianship of her two aunts. However, she meets a young man, Naoyoshi, whose kisses enchant her, and falls deeply in love. In the end, she must defy her aunts in order to marry for love. The novel was an enormous success, thanks in part to its publicity campagin: A portrait of Yamata in kimono was distributed to bookstores, and the author gave a demonstration of ikebana in the show window of the publisher’s offices.”

Kikou Yamata — MASAKO, mesterligt håndindbundet