“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better”: True First Editions Of Murakamis Norwegian Wood, Signed By Him
Item Number: 4180
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987.
First Japanese editions and true firsts of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, 2 volumes, original boards. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets with the rare wrap-around bands present. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami in Japanese. Rare, especially signed.
Norwegian Wood is a nostalgic story of loss and sexuality. The story's protagonist and narrator is Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo. Through Toru's reminiscences we see him develop relationships with two very different women the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko, and the outgoing, lively Midori. The novel is set in Tokyo during the late 1960s, a time when Japanese students, like those of many other nations, were protesting against the established order. While it serves as the backdrop against which the events of the novel unfold, Murakami (through the eyes of Toru and Midori) portrays the student movement as largely weak-willed and hypocritical. Murakami adapted the first section of the novel from an earlier short story, "Firefly." The story was subsequently included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
Other Books by this Author
London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions, first printings. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title pages. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box.
"If You Only Read The Books That Everyone Else Is Reading, You Can Only Think What Everyone Else Is Thinking": First Editions in English Of Haruki Murakamis Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed By Him
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1989.
First editions in English of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavos, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Both volumes are signed by Murakami, volume one is signed in both English and Japanese and volume 2 in Japanese. Laid in is the original bookmark in volume one.
First Edition of Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
First edition of this “piercing and compact story about friendship and loneliness” (St. Louis Dispatch). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the half-title page (as opposed to the usual tipped in page). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Binding and jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1979.
First Japanese edition of the author’s first book. Small octavo, original cloth. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the rare wrap-around band.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
First edition of the compilation of Murakami’s first two novels. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haurki Murakami on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Ted Gossen.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2006.
First edition of this collection of twenty-four stories by Haruki Murakami. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Additionally signed by the dust jacket illustrator, Chip Kidd on the back flap. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
First edition of this deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
“Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade": First Edition of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles; Signed by Haruki Murakami
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
First edition of Murakami’s heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Drawing Of Mickey Mouse
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Inscribed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse on the half-title page, “For David, Hi! Maurice Sendak May ’80.” It was Walt Disney’s 1940 feature film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse, that inspired 12-year old Maurice Sendak to become a cartoonist. Born the same year that the famous anthropomorphic cartoon character made his first appearance in the the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie, Sendak described Mickey Mouse as “the emblem of happiness and funniness [and] the little brother I always wanted” (Romano, 2012). One of the most avid collectors of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, Sendak has noted that early appearances of Mickey in both film and collectible figurines had teeth, which were later omitted as his character became more popular and his more cruel tendencies were transferred to other characters. Sendak’s characters, with plenty of teeth, came to embody not just the adorable and benevolent, but the frightening and dangerous; evoking feelings in the children who read his stories quite unlike those encouraged by the typical illustrated children’s tale. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition and with a drawing of the character that inspired Sendak’s career, Mickey Mouse.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.
First Edition of Inside the Economist's Mind; Signed by Economists Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Paul Volcker, Christopher Sims, Thomas Sargent and John Campbell
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed on the title page by Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Paul Volcker, Christopher Sims, Thomas Sargent and John Campbell. These economists were interviewed for this volume. In near fine condition, without a dust jacket as issued. Rare and desirable.