Japan: 1966. First Japanese edition, one of 1000 numbered copies, this being No. 330. INSCRIBED by Saneatsu Mushanokoji in Japanese to Sara Larkin on the front endpaper, and dated 1970. Mushanokoji was the pen name of a novelist, playwright, poet, artist and philosopher in late Taisho and Showa period Japan. Sara Larkin is a noted American artist who, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, continued her education in Japan under the sponsorship of distinguished philosopher Tetsuo Tanikawa, advisor to the Emperor of Cultural Affairs and President of Osei University. Under his tutelage she became acquainted with Nobel Laureate Kawabata. She spent a year in Bangkok as well, studying Chinese art with artist Lui Shou-Kwan, and Lawrence Tam, the Director of the Hong Kong Museum. She also worked in Hong Kong as a gallery owner, consultant, and artists’ agent, and went on to become an associate at Sotherby, evaluating works of art for auction. Fine in suede-covered boards with gilt design, no dust jacket and tan paper-covered slipcase (Near Fine), with a design in green and brown, as issued. Inscriptions by Mushanokoji are rare.