Writing in the latter half of the nineteenth century, Lafcadio Hearn is best known for his books describing and extolling Japan. After a turbulent early life which took him from the Greek islands via Ireland to the USA, Hearn finally found his spiritual home in Japan. At that time the country was relatively unknown to Westerners and so he was to make his name writing about Japanese history and culture. Hearn also lectured widely on his favourite subject throughout the world and the respect he still garners is demonstrated by the number of museums and cultural centres established in his name in numerous countries.
During his early career he proved extremely adaptable, working at various times as a journalist and editor, creating woodcuts for publication, translating Spanish and French texts and even writing cookbooks which explored the various sub-cultures within the USA and the West Indies.
Hearn’s Japanese Fairy Tales, was originally published in 1898 and is now one of his most popular titles. The collection consistently attracts purchase prices over $1,000 at auction. His 1900 book, Shadowings, is available as a first edition for around $500.Aside from the Japanese work, his cookbook from 1885, La Cuisine Creole, is also attractive to buyers. A first edition sold for more than $800.
It is of course the books on Japan which are most attractive to collectors – after all this is what Hearn is best known for. Few writers before, or since, have been able to introduce a formally unknown culture so effectively to an audience. While his work may be accused of romanticizing Japan, this has done little to detract from the respect his work has received or his appeal to buyers.
Hearn, Lafcadio. LA NOUVLLE ATALA. Imp du Prop Catholique, New Orleans (1879). Chahta-Ima [pseud. of Adrien Emmanuel Rouquette]; Ou, La Fille de l'Esprit: Legende Indienne / par Chahta- Ima (de la Louisiane).
Gautier, Theophile. ONE OF CLEOPATRAS NIGHTS AND OTHER FANTASTIC ROMANCES. New York (1882). Translated by Lafcadio Hearn.
Hearn, Lafcadio . THE SCENES OF CABLES ROMANCES. New York (1883). Original Article Critique on New Orleans
Hearn, Lafcadio . Stray Leaves from Stray Literature. Osgood, Boston (1884). Stories Reconstructed from the Anvari- Soheli, Baitl Pachs, Mahabharata, Pantchatantra, Gulistan, Talmud, Kalewala, etc; first issue, with "JR.O.&. CO" at the foot of the spine; 1000 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. GOMBO ZHEBES. Will H. Coleman, New York (1885). Little Dictionary of Creole Proverbs, Selected From Six Creole Dialects; Translated into French and into English, With Notes, Complete Index to Subjects and Some Brief Remarks Upon the Creole Idioms of Louisiana; Hearn states that the publisher was nonest inventus and forced by legal means to disgorge some 500 copies of this title; the book was not published in an edition exceeding much over 500 copies, perhaps more of the magnitude of somewhere between 800-1000 copies at most.
Hearn, Lafcadio. HISTORICAL SKETCH BOOK AND GUIDE TO NEW ORLEANS AND ENVIRONS WITH MAP. NewOrleans Press (1885). Illustrated with Many Original Engravings: And Containing Exhaustive Accounts of the Traditions, Historical Legends, and Remarkable Localities of the Creole City; illustrated with a frontispiece and 13 original engravings inserted, not included in the pagination, most were done by Joseph Pennell; 500 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. La Cuisine Creole. F. F. Hansell & Bro., New Orleans (1885). A Collection of Culinary Recipes; From Leading Chefs and Noted Creole Housewives, Who Have Made New Orleans Famous for Its Cuisine
Hearn, Lafcadio . Some Chinese Ghosts . Roberts Brothers, Boston (1887). With titles: The Soul ofThe Great Bell; The Story of Ming-Y; The legend of Tchi-Niu;The Return of Yen-Tching-King; The Tradition of the Tea-Plant; and The Tale of the Porcelain-God
Hearn, Lafcadio . Chita. Harper & Brothers, New York (1889). A Memory of Last Island; 2000 copies.
France, Anatole. THE CRIME OF SYLVESTRE BONNARD. Harper & Brothers, New York (1890). Translated by Lafcadio Hearn; 500 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Two Years in the French West Indies . Harper, New York (1890). 2000 copies; Frontis, 43 plates and illustrations in the text
Hearn, Lafcadio . YOUMA. Harper & Brothers, New York (1890). The Story of a West-Indian Slave.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Glimpses of unfamiliar Japan . Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., London (1895). 2 volumes; 1000 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Out of the East. Houghton Mifflin & Co, New York (1895). Reveries and Studies in New Japan
Hearn, Lafcadio . KOKORO. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1896). HINTS AND ECHOES OF JAPANESE INNER LIFE; 2000 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . GLEANINGS IN BUDDHA-FIELDS. Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston (1897). Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East; 1750 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . BOY WHO DREW CATS . 1898 (1898).
Hearn, Lafcadio . EXOTICS AND RETROSPECTIVES. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston (1898).
Hearn, Lafcadio . JAPANESE FAIRY TALES. T. Hasegawa, Tokyo (1898). 5 volume set, titles:1. The Boy Who Drew Cats. 2. The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling. 3. Chin Chin Kobakama. 4. The Fountain of Youth.5. The Goblin Spider; translated by Hearn, and profusely illustrated by Japanese artists.
Gautier, Theophile. Clarimonde. Brentanos, New York (1899). 900 COPIES; Translated by Hearn
Hearn, Lafcadio . In Ghostly Japan. Little Brown, Cambridge (1899).
Hearn, Lafcadio. SHADOWINGS. Little, Brown, Boston (1900). cover design by Bruce Rogers; A collection of six Japanese stories, three essays on Japanese studies, and seven other essays; Contents: Stories from strange books: The Reconciliation; A Legend of fugen-bosatsu; The Screen-Maiden;The Corpse-Rider;The Sympathy of Benten; The Gratitude of the Samebito; Japanese Studies: Semi; Japanese Female Names; Old Japanese Songs. Fantasies: Noctilucae; A Mystery of Crowds; Gothic Horror, Levitation; Nightmere-touch; Readings from a Dream-Book; In a Pair of Eyes.
Hearn, Lafcadio. A Japanese Miscellany. Little, Brown, Boston (1901). Folklore Gleanings, Studies Here and There.
Hearn, Lafcadio . KOTTO. The Macmillan Co, New York (1902). BEING JAPANESE CURIOS, WITH SUNDRY COBWEBS; illustrations in the text by Genjiro Yeto; This collection of literary sketches includes nine "old stories" selected from old Japanese books, to illustrate some strange beliefs.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling. T Hasegawa, Tokyo (1902). Illustrated by Wood block printing
Hearn, Lafcadio . Chin Chin Kobakama. T. Hasegawa, Tokyo (1903). Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 25
Hearn, Lafcadio . Kotto. Macmillan, New York (1903). Being Japanese Curios and Sundry Cobwebs
Hearn, Lafcadio . Japan. Macmillan, New York (1904). An Attempt at Interpretation. A rich introduction to Japanese culture including the various religious "cults," social organization, education, the military, and more.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Kwaidan. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1904). Stories and Studies of Strange Things. A collection of stories that is a high spot of Japanese ghost fiction, the title story being the basis for the classic 1964 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
Hearn, Lafcadio . THE ROMANCE OF THE MILKY WAY. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1905). AND OTHER STUDIES AND STORIES; 2000 COPIES; With stories: Romance of the Milky Way, Goblin Poetry, Ultimate Questions," The Mirror Maiden, the Story of Ito Norisuke, Stranger than Fiction, and A Letter from Japan.
Bisland, Elizabeth. The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1906). with THE JAPANESE LETTERS OF LAFCADIO HEARN; 200 copies; 2 volumes.
Hearn, Lafcadio . LETTERS FROM THE RAVEN. Brentanos, New York (1907). Being the Correspondence of Lafcadio Hearn with Henry Watkin with Introduction and Critical; 2500 COPIES; Containing"Letters from the Raven," "Letters to a Lady," and "Letters of Ozias Midwinter."
M. Gould, George. CONCERNING LAFCADIO HEARN. Philadelphia (1908). With a Bibliography by Laura Stedman; 2000 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. THE JAPANESE LETTERS OF LAFCADIO HEARN. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1910). Edited With An Introduction By Elizabeth Bisland; First edition limited to 200 copies; Total trade edition 3000 copies; 6 plates (incl. 2 photogravures).
Flaubert, Gustave. THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY. Alice Harriman Company, New York (1910). Translated by Lafcadio Hearn; introduction by Elizabeth Bisland; With an excellent essay: ARGUMENT by Lafcadio Hearn, which addresses "Frailty,the Seven Deadly Sins, Heresiarchs, the Martyrs, the Magic-ians, Gods, science, Metamorphosis, Monsters, Lust & Death."
Hearn, Lafcadio. Chin Chin Kobokama. T. Hasegawa, Tokyo (1911). Renderes into English by Lafcadio Hearn; Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 25
Hearn, Lafcadio. LEAVES FROM THE DIARY OF AN IMPRESSIONIST. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1911). 575 COPIES; With an Introduction by Ferris Greenslet
H. Kennard, Nina . LAFCADIO HEARN. New York (1912). First American edition.
Hutson, Charles Woodward. FANTASTICS AND OTHER FANCIES. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1914). Limited to 550 numbered copies
Erskine, John. APPRECIATIONS OF POETRY. Dodd, Mead & Co., New York (1916). LIMITED EDITION, 1504 copies; With essays on Love in English Poetry, Studies in Tennyson, Rosetti, Swinburne, Browning aand William Morris; A Note on JeanIngelow, "Three Silences," A Note on: Watsons Poems, RobertBuchanan and Munbys "Dorothy," and Robert Bridges.
Erskine, John. LIFE AND LITERATURE . Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (1917). Compiled with notes by Ryuji Tanabe; 1230 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . KARMA. New York (1918). Four stories: Karma; A Ghost; The First Muezzin, Bilal; and China and the Western World
Hearn, Lafcadio. KARMA AND OTHER STORIES AND ESSAYS. George G. Harrap & Co, London (1921). Collected in book form for the first time, with 8 hitherto unpublished essays & short stories.
Hearn, Lafcadio. PRE-RAPHAELITE AND OTHER POETS. Dodd, Mead and Company (1922). Selected, edited with an introduction by John Erskine.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Writings of Lafcadio Hearn. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1922). Total 16 volumes; 750 COPIES
Mordell, Albert . ESSAYS IN EUROPEAN AND ORIENTAL LITERATURE. Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (1923). 2571 Copies
Hearn, Lafcadio . KIMIKO AND OTHER JAPANESE SKETCHES . Boston (1923).
Hearn, Lafcadio . Writings of Lafcadio Hearn. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York (1923). 16 volumes; Illustrated with color frontispieces in each volume, as well as other plates from photographs and color illustrations; The photographs are by Charles S. Olcott; Contents of each volume: I, Diary of an Impressionist, Creole Stories, Chinese Ghosts; II, Stray Leaves from Strange Literature, Fantastics and Other Fancies; III, Two Years in the French West Indies; IV, Chita, Youma; V and VI, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan; VII, Out of the East, Kokoro; VIII, Gleanings in Buddha Fields, Romance of the Milky-Way; IX, Exotics & Retrospectives, In Ghostly Japan; X, Shadowings, A Japanese Miscellany; XI, Kotto, Kwaidan; XII, Japan, an Attempt at Interpretation; XIII-XV, Life and Letters; XVI, Japanese Letters
Hearn, Lafcadio. OCCIDENTAL GLEANINGS. Dodd, Mead,, New York (1925). SKETCHES AND ESSAYS NOW FIRST COLLECTED BY ALBERT MORDELL, VOLUMES I & II; 1538 COPIES
Ichikawa, Sanki . Some New Letters and Writings . Kenkyusha, Tokyo (1925). 200 copies.
Hasegawa, T. The Fountain of Youth. T. Hasegawa, Tokyo (1925). Hearn, Lafcadio (translator); Japanese Fairy Tale
Hearn, Lafcadio. Contes des Tropiques. Mercure de France, Paris (1926). 55 numbered copies.
Woodward Hutson, Charles. Editorials. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1926). 250 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Insects and Greek Poetry . Rudge, New York (1926). 550 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . A HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. Hokuseido Press, Kanda (1927). Edited by R. Tanabe, T. Ochiai & I. Nishizaki; 2 volumes; Vol 1: From the Beginning to the End of the 18th Century.Volume 2: Supplement to a History of English Literature.
Inagaki, Iwao. LECTURES ON SHAKESPEARE. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1928). Essays include: Greatness of the Man, Personal-The Man and his Life. Distinction of Shakespeares Work. Method of Shakespeares Work, Sources and Possible Groupingof Shakespeares Work: Period I-III. Difficulties- the Language of Shakespeare, and his Obscurities. The Grouping of the Plays by Kid. A little Discourse about Some Typical Characters of Shakespere.
Gautier, Theophile. ONE OF CLEOPATRAS NIGHTS. Chicago (1929). Translated by Lafcadio Hearn; 150 copies.
Lewis, Oscar. Hearn and His Biographers. Westgate Press, Francisco (1930). The Record of a Literary Controversy; Together with a group of letters from Lafcadio Hearn to Joseph Tunison now first published; 350 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Insect-Musicians and Other Stories and Sketches . Kairyu-Do Press, Tokyo (1930). Compiled with Notes by Jun Tanaka; includes A Living God, Hi-Mauari, Insect-Musicians, At a Railway Station, The Japanese Smile, Kusa-Hibari, A Street Singer, Pathological, From the Diary of an English Teacher, and the Case of D-Dai.
Temple, Jean . BLUE GHOST. New York (1931). A Study of Lafcadio Hearn
Hearn, Lafcadio. A CATALOG OF FIRST EDITIONS OF LAFCADIO HEARN. Penguin Book Store, Beverly Hills (1932). Printed on handmade indigo blue Japanese Washi-paper covers.
Hearn, Lafcadio. Kwidan. Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo (1932). Stories and Studies of Strange Things; Illustrated with woodcuts by Yasumasa Fujita; 1500 numbered copies; Introduction by Oscar Lewis; Three color illustrations plus 20 full-page b/w illustrations in the text.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Gibbeted. John Murray, Los Angeles (1933). Execution Of A Youthful Murderer. Shocking Tragedy At Dayton.A Broken Rope And A Double Hanging; Sickening Scenes Behind The Scaffold Screen; 200 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. Letters To A Pagan. Robert Bruna Powers, Detroit (1933). Being the Correspondence of Lafcadio Hearn with the Countess Annetta Halliday Antona; With portrait frontispiece by Joseph Sparks; 550 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. STORIES FROM PIERRE LOTI. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1933). Translated by Hearn; With introduction by Albert Mordell.
Queyrouze Barel, Leona. THE IDYL. Tokyo (1933). My Personal Reminiscences of Lafcadio Hearn; 250 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio. LAFCADIO HEARN. Tokyo (1934). A Bibliography of His Writings. By P.D. and Ione Perkins; With an introduction by Sanki Ichikawa; 200 copies printed
Koizumi, Kazuo. FATHER AND I. Boston (1935). Memories of Lafcadio Hearn
Hearn, Lafcadio. STORIES FROM EMILE ZOLA. Tokyo (1935). Trans. by L. Hearn; Edited with a preface by Albert Mordell; including essays and translations of Emile Zola: A Note The Fight at the Mill A Peasants Death A Rich Mans Death.
P. Kirkwood, Kenneth . UNFAMILIAR LAFCADIO HEARN. Tokyo (1936). 500 copies printed.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Martinique Sketches . Y. Nishinomiya, Tokyo (1938). Arranged by Bob Macauley; The 19 illustrations by Macauley, 11 with color
Nishizaki, Ichiro . BARBAROUS BARBERS AND OTHER STORIES. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1939). 500 copies.
Nishizaki, Ichiro . BUYING CHRISTMAS TOYS AND OTHER ESSAYS. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1939). Collects 45 sketches and essays written by Hearn for the Cincinnati and New Orleans newspapers; 500 copies.
Nishizaki, Ichiro . Five Volumes. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1939). Literary Essays, Buying Christmas Toys and Other Essays, Oriental Articles, Barbarous Barbers and Other Stories, and The New Radiance and Other Scientific Sketches
Nishizaki, Ichiro . ORIENTAL ARTICLES. Tokyo (1939). 500 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . LAFCADIO HEARNS LECTURES ON TENNYSON. Tokyo (1941). Compiled by Shigetsugu Kishi; 500 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . ON POETRY. Tokyo (1941). Edited by R. Tanabe, T. Ochai & I Nishizaki; Containing Naked Poetry English Ballads, On the Stories ofthe Best English Ballads, Some Notes on Popular Songs, TheIdeal Woman in English Poetry, Note on the Influence of Finnish Poetry in English Literature, Note Upon the Shortest Forms of English Poetry, Epigrammatic Poems, Some Symbolic Poetry, Poems on Heroic Subjects, Poems About Children, Some Foreign Poems on Japanese Subjects, Some Fairy Literture, Poems on Music, On Love in English Poetry.
Hearn, Lafcadio . A Drop of Dew . Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1950). 350 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . TALES OUT OF THE EAST. Emmaus (1952). 3000 numbered copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . RE-ECHO. Caldwell (1957). Edited by Nancy Jane Fellers; 1000 COPIES; pen & water-color sketches by Lafcadio Hearn.
Hearn, Lafcadio. Editorials from the Kobe chronicle . Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1960). Makoto Sangu
Carmody, Francis. The Temptation of Saint Anthony. Allen Press, Kentfield (1974). Lafcadio Hearn (trans.); A Dramatic Fantasy; 140 copies; with 24 illustrations from early 19th-century sources used by Flaubert; full-page wood-engraving of Saint Anthony by Odilon Redon
Hearn, Lafcadio . YE GIGLAMPZ. Crossroads Books, Cincinnati (1983). Introduction, History, Bibliography and Notes By Jon C. Hughes; A Weekly Illustrated Journal Devoted to Art, Literature and Satire; 100 copies.
Hearn, Lafcadio . Insect-Musicians . Kaldewey Press,Poestenkill (2001). With eight hand-colored illustrations by Gunnar Kaldewey; 40 copies
Hearn, Lafcadio. Ani-San, samukaro? Omae samukaro?. Zucker Art Books, New York (2007). Doug and Mike Starn [design & production]; 19 numbered copies.