A Tale of Flowering Fortunes [‘Eiga monogatari’] – Annals of Japanese Aristocratic Life in the Heian Period. Translated, with an Introduction and Notes by William H. & Helen Craig McCullough.
In two volumes. Stanford, California, Stanford University Press, 1980. 17 cm x 24 cm. Volume I – XV, pages 1 to 428 / Volume II – pages 429 to 910. Illustrated with 19 woodcuts from a 17th century edition and 20 diagrams including plans of the capital and the Imperial Palace and several genealogical charts. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Excellent, close to new condition with only minor signs of external wear.
The first translation into a Western language of ‘Eiga monogatari’ an 11th century chronicle of Japanese aristocratic life from the midde of the tenth century to the death of the famous Fujiwara Regent Michinaga in 1028. An important source for social historians complementing the fictional portrait of the society depicted in ‘The Tale of Genji’.
With an Introduction including: Historiographical Origins / ‘Eiga’ as a Work of History / Historicity of ‘Eiga’ / etc.
Chapters including: Radiant Fujitsubo / First Flower / The Budding Flower / A Drop of Moisture from a Stalk / The Mansion of Jade / An Imperial Visit to the Horse Races / The Jewel in the Robe / etc.