London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1963. Fourt Impression 1965. Cloth. Thick 8vo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4"), blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, archival mylar-protected light blue red-lettered dust jacket (price-clipped), publisher's black topstain, xvi, [1-7], 8 - 1135 pages +  Ads. Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz. Fine / Near Fine. Item #6658
Murasaki Shikibu (English: Lady Murasaki; c. 973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She has achieved immortal fame as the author of The Tale of Genji (ca.1000 and 1012). Murasaki Shikibu is a descriptive name; her personal name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara no Kaoruko.
The Tale of Genji is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic. Contents: The Tale of Genji, The Sacred Tree, A Wreath of Cloud, Blue Trousers, The Lady of the Boat, & The Bridge of Dreams.
Translator Arthur Waley (1889 – 1966) was a distinguished English Orientalist and Sinologist. He made a free translation of Genji, except for one chapter.
SUPERIOR CONDITION for this hefty book. The dust jacket (price-clipped) has edgewear mainly at the head and foot of the dj's spine. A band of sunning on top and side of the dj's back panel. Internally clean with slight uniform age-toning. Previous owner's stamp on front pastedown.