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Title:  Cat Town

Author:  by Sakutarô Hagiwara


RARE FIRST EDITION (ENGLISH EDITION).   Illustrated with beautiful woodblock prints created by the famous illustrator and printer Sumio Kawakami.   Published in Tokyo, by The Jûjiya Press, 1948. 


Please note: this is NOT a children’s book. 


Format: Hardcover   

Book condition:  Used -  Good to Near Fine. One text block slightly pulling away from binding (please see image above).   Cased in a custom folder. 

Cover:  Near Fine 


Rare first edition print (first edition in English).  This rare fantasy prose poem book is by Sakutaro Hagiwara (1886 - 1942), considered one of the most important Japanese poets of the 20th century. "Cat Town" is a magical story about a man who travels to a "possessed village" and enters into an illusory universe.   The woodblock prints are created by the famous illustrator and printer Sumio Kawakami (also known as Chosei Kawakami).   

With five woodblock-printed illustrations. Original decorated paper-covered boards.This translation by George Saito was published some 13 years after the original edition in Japanese, but appears to be identical in format, including the original blocks. 


Publisher: ‎ Tokyo, The Jûjiya Press, 1948.

Size:  Approx. 6" x 7 ½"  in 


If you have any questions, please contact us, and we will be happy to provide further information. 



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Cat Town by Sakutarô Hagiwara - Rare First English Edition Japanese Poetry

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