Ishimoto, Baroness Shidzué. Facing Two Ways: The Story of My Life [inscribed]
Ishimoto, Baroness Shidzué. Facing Two Ways: The Story of My Life
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1935. Hardback 8vo; second printing; inscribed by author on ffep. Pp [i-iv], v, [vi-vii], 1-373. Gray cloth with blue title labels to front board and spine; deckled edge; top edge stained red; pictorial dust jacket; illustrated with 29 black and white photographs. Condition: Near-fine. Minor bumping to head and tail of spine; paste action to endpapers; otherwise tight and clean. Dust jacket condition: Good. Chipped and creased with one-inch wedge-shaped loss to rear panel; four 1-2” closed tears previously repaired with tape; spine panel slightly faded. $250
Inscription: “To Miss Margaret Carstairs with kind regards, Shidzué Ishimoto Sept. 1937 Tokyo.” A sound, clean, early printing of this memoir by the noted Japanese feminist, birth-control pioneer, and member of the National Diet (Japanese legislature). Ishimoto’s long life (she died in 2001 at age 104) spanned the Meiji era through WWII and Japan’s postwar democracy. Facing Two Ways is remarkable for the reforming philosophy it expressed during the period of Japan’s nationalistic military buildup prior to its attempt to conquer Asia and the Pacific.
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