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  • Blyth, R.H. [Reginald Horace]
    ORIENTAL HUMOUR.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tokyo, Japan: Hokuseido Press, 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon first edition of this classic and comprehensive English-language work on Japanese, Chinese & Korean humor from all periods (India is not included, although the introduction describes India as the chief origin of world humour.) Among the topics are Chinese classics and poetry, ghost stories, Liehtse, proverbs, Taoism, Zen, short stories, Korean humor and proverbs, Chinese influence on Japan, Japanese caricature, old and modern Senryu, Yanagidaru, and more. Illustrated with a color frontispiece, 26 rather striking inserted plates (7 in color), each with a tissue guard imprinted with notations about the plate, by Kang Hi An, Li Am, Sengai, Hakuin, Tosa Minsunaga and others, and 6 en texte illustrations. Chronological chart, bibliography, index. 582 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dustjacket - a solid, clean copy in orange cloth with just a hint of dampness/crinkling to the upper edges of the first few pages, previous owner's name, in a fragile dustacket with rubbing along the folds, and one fold partially split (now protected by an archival cover.)

    Book ID: 36003
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  • THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War. by Bradley, James.
    Bradley, James.
    THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary Aryans. Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced." Maps, photographs, notes, index. Map endpapers. 387 pp. ISBN: 9780316008952.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 62138
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  • MEMORIES OF MY GHOST BROTHER. by Fenkl, Heinz Insu.
    Fenkl, Heinz Insu.
    MEMORIES OF MY GHOST BROTHER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, one which draws on his own background as the son of a German-American soldier and a Korean woman the soldier met when he was stationed in Korea - a story of a young Amerasian in Korea torn between two worlds. 271 pp. ISBN: 0-525-941754.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 55666
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  • THE BOOK OF MASKS. by Hwang Sun-Won.
    Hwang Sun-Won.
    THE BOOK OF MASKS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Readers International, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of short stories by this renowned Korean writer, edited and with an introduction by Martin Holman. xvi, 172 pp. ISBN: 0-930523-571.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63518
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  • THE SNOWY ROAD & OTHER STORIES: An Anthology of Korean Fiction. by Hyun-jae Yee Sallee, editor.
    Hyun-jae Yee Sallee, editor.
    THE SNOWY ROAD & OTHER STORIES: An Anthology of Korean Fiction.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Fredonia, NY: White Pine Press (1995). First edition - A collection of six stories which offer the reader a rarely-glimpsed view of Korean life; each of the authors represented here has been the recipient of the prestigious Korean Peoples Literary Award, and their work focuses on ordinary Korean people and the impact of the war on their lives. Introduction by David McCann. Translated by Hyun-jae Yee Sallee and Teresa Margadonna Hyun. Notes on the authors and the translators. 167 pp. ISBN: 1-877727199.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (name on first page).

    Book ID: 75665
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  • THE INNOCENT by Kim, Richard E.
    Kim, Richard E.
    THE INNOCENT

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1968.) dj. Hardcover - Second novel by this highly acclaimed Korean writer (his first book was a finalist for the National Book Award.) 384 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (overall edgewear to dj, tears at side of spine)

    Book ID: 46628
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  • TIGER'S TAIL. by Lee, Gus.
    Lee, Gus.
    TIGER'S TAIL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. First edition - A thriller, set in Korea in 1974 - 'a gripping story of sorrow, corruption and redemption.' 298 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 38768
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  • PACHINKO. by Lee, Min Jin.
    Lee, Min Jin.
    PACHINKO.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2017). SIGNED first edition - The author's second novel. "Beginning in 1910 during the time of Japanese colonialization and ending many decades later in 1989, Pachinko is the epic saga of a Korean family told over four generations." A moving story and one which illuminates the situation of Korean immigrants in Japan, in the years before and after World War II. SIGNED on title page. Longlisted for the National Book Award. 481 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 70922
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  • BUDDHA'S MONEY by Limon, Martin
    Limon, Martin
    BUDDHA'S MONEY

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Bantam, 1998. SIGNED first edition - The third mystery featuring US Army CID officers Sueno and Bascom on the wild side of Seoul - a retired Army man with a lucrative career dealing Korean artifacts comes to them for help when his 9 year old foster daughter is kidnapped. SIGNED on the title page. A recommended series: one of these days, Limon will be discovered. 327 pp.

    Condition: Almost fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 39229
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  • JADE LADY BURNING by Limon, Martin
    Limon, Martin
    JADE LADY BURNING

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Soho, (1992). SIGNED - The author's first novel - and one of the best debuts I have read - to quote from the publicity material: "the seamy side of US military life in postwar Korea is vividly described ..as two beer-swilling army CID detectives attempt to track down leads in the torture/murder of a Korean woman." A New York Times Notable book. SIGNED on the title page. 223 pp. ISBN: 1-56947-0200.

    Condition: Very good (spine slant.)

    Book ID: 36846
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  • JADE LADY BURNING by Limon, Martin
    Limon, Martin
    JADE LADY BURNING

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Soho, 1992. SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel - and one of the best debuts I have read - to quote from the publicity material: "the seamy side of US military life in postwar Korea is vividly described ..as two beer-swilling army CID detectives attempt to track down leads in the torture/murder of a Korean woman." SIGNED on the title page. A New York Times Notable book. An uncommon advance issue. 224 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed red wrappers.

    Book ID: 37499
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  • SLICKY BOYS. by Limon, Martin.
    Limon, Martin.
    SLICKY BOYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, 1997. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel featuring two members of the US Army CID in Korea. His first book, "Jade Lady Burning" was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, and this one also reflects the author's knowledge of the underside of Korean urban life and his ability to write a suspenseful story. SIGNED on the title page. 377 pp. ISBN: 0-553-104438.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80566
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  • SLICKY BOYS. by Limon, Martin.
    Limon, Martin.
    SLICKY BOYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, 1997. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel featuring two members of the US Army CID in Korea. His first book, "Jade Lady Burning" was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, and this one also reflects the author's knowledge of the underside of Korean urban life and his ability to write a suspenseful story. SIGNED on the title page and dated 7/11/97, in the year of publication. 377 pp. ISBN: 0-553-104438.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80567
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  • BUDDHA'S MONEY by Limon, Martin
    Limon, Martin
    BUDDHA'S MONEY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1998). SIGNED first edition - The third mystery featuring US Army CID officers Sueno and Bascom on the wild side of Seoul - a retired Army man with a lucrative career dealing Korean artifacts comes to them for help when his 9 year old foster daughter is kidnapped. SIGNED on the title page. A recommended series: one of these days, Limon will be discovered and he will get the readers he deserves. 328 pp. ISBN: 0-553104446.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80639
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  • G. I. BONES. by Limon, Martin.
    Limon, Martin.
    G. I. BONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SOHO Press, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - The sixth novel in this excellent series featuring two members of the US Army CID in Korea - George Sueno and Ernie Bascom. Limon's first book, "Jade Lady Burning" was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, and this one also reflects the author's knowledge of the underside of both military and Korean urban life and his ability to write a suspenseful story. 266 pp. ISBN: 978-1569476031.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77915
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  • GI CONFIDENTIAL. by Limon, Martin.
    Limon, Martin.
    GI CONFIDENTIAL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: SOHO Press, (2019). First edition - The thirteen novel in this excellent series set in post-war divided Korea, featuring US Army CID Agents George Sueo and Ernie Bascom. Set against a backdrop of military and political unrest in Korea in the 1970s, they find themselves investigating a rash of armed robberies at local Korean banks when fatalities occur and proof surfaces that US soldiers are behind the crimes. 375 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79667
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  • SLICKY BOYS. by Limon, Martin.
    Limon, Martin.
    SLICKY BOYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel featuring two members of the US Army CID in Korea. His first book, "Jade Lady Burning" was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, and this one also reflects the author's knowledge of the underside of Korean urban life and his ability to write a suspenseful story. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-553-104438.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 42409
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  • Rutt, Richard.
    KOREAN WORKS AND DAYS: Notes From the Diary of a Country Priest.

    Edition: First edition.

    Rutland, VT and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Described as 'a record of the Korean rural year as it unfolds with the procession of the seasons from spring to winter & back to spring again' as viewed by a sympathetic and sensitive outsider, who has known and lived in Korea for many years. Based on a series of articles written by the author for the English language newspaper, 'Korea Times' in 1957 and 1958. Photographs, 231 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (bookplate under dj flap, light edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 25294
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  • I, ROBOT. by Smith, Howard S.
    Smith, Howard S.
    I, ROBOT.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Toronto, Canada: Robot Binaries & Press, (2008.). SIGNED first edition - Fast paced techno-thriller, the first novel by an MIT-trained engineer who works in artificial intelligence (the supermarket self-checkout machines are based on his work) IINSCRIBED by the author on a blank prelim "To.... Enjoy the book!" Includes a publicity sheet at the front, and at the end of the book a glossary of foreign and technical terms, reader's guide, bibliography, and more. Cover and illustratrations by Kathy Harestad.408 pp plus an author's note, interview with the author.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 42510
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  • Smith, Howard S.
    I, ROBOT.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Toronto, Canada: Robot Binaries & Press, (2008.). SIGNED first edition - Fast paced techno-thriller, the first novel by an MIT-trained engineer who works in artificial intelligence (the supermarket self-checkout machines are based on his work) SIGNED by the author on a blank prelim with the words "Enjoy the book!" Includes a publicity sheet at the front, and at the end of the book a glossary of foreign and technical terms, reader's guide, bibliography, and more. Cover and illustratrations by Kathy Harestad.408 pp plus an author's note, interview with the author.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 46337
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  • THE DEER AND THE WOODCUTTER: A Korean Folktale. by So-Un, Kim; (Illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim.)
    So-Un, Kim; (Illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim.)
    THE DEER AND THE WOODCUTTER: A Korean Folktale.

    Edition: First printing.

    Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of a popular Korean folktale - the story of why the rooster looks skyward and crows loudly at dawn. Illustrated in full color by Jeong Kyoung-Sim. Large format. 32 pp. ISBN: 0-8048-36558.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52677
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  • Stephens, Michael.
    LOST IN SEOUL: And Other Discoveries on the Korean Peninsula.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - Stephens writes about his wifeÕs Korean family and Korean culture in a fusion of travelogue, memoir, history and journalism. ÔCreative nonfiction.Õ Dj praise from Russell Banks and Paul Auster among others. ISBN: 0-394-574826.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (edgewear at top, one tiny tear).

    Book ID: 23849
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  • MY BROTHER, MY SISTER, AND I. by Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.
    Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.
    MY BROTHER, MY SISTER, AND I.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1994) dj. Hardcover - The author's third book, a true story of their live after World War II. "Living as refugees in Japan in 1947 while trying to locate their missing father, thirteen-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister must endure a bad fire, injury, and false charges of arson, theft, and murder". 275 pp. Dust jacket art by Ed Young. ISBN: 0-02-7925269.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 58368
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  • FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS. by Wiley, Richard.
    Wiley, Richard.
    FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's third novel (his first won the PEN/Faulkner award) - blurbs by Charles Johnson, TC Boyle, and Toby Olson. The story of a Peace Corps volunteer at a school in Korea, while the Vietnam War is raging on. INSCRIBED on the title page "For -- with kind regards" and dated in 2007. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-532-249508.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder line, prev owner's name, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 31045
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  • FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS. by Wiley, Richard.
    Wiley, Richard.
    FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's third novel (his first won the PEN/Faulkner award) - blurbs by Charles Johnson, TC Boyle, and Toby Olson. The story of a Peace Corps volunteer at a school in Korea, while the Vietnam War is raging on. SIGNED on the title page. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-532-249508.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 19694
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  • FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS. by Wiley, Richard.
    Wiley, Richard.
    FESTIVAL FOR THREE THOUSAND MAIDENS.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Dutton, 1991. dj. Hardcover - Author's third novel (his first won the PEN/Faulkner award) - blurbs by Charles Johnson, TC Boyle, and Toby Olson. The story of a Peace Corps volunteer at a school in Korea, while the Vietnam War is raging on. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-532-249508.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 61073
    Keywords: Fiction, korea, vietnam era
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  • SNOW HUNTERS. by Yoon, Paul.
    Yoon, Paul.
    SNOW HUNTERS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2013). First edition - The first novel by this writer whose first book, a collection of short stories, won several awards. This is a spare and beautifully written account of a Korean, who after two years as a prisoner-of-war refused repatriation to the North, and instead accepted a chance to go to Brazil, where he was placed in a job working for a Japanese tailor. 194 pp.

    Condition: Fine in yellow illustrated wrappers with self flaps. Letter from publisher bound in. .

    Book ID: 72628
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