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2 "picture books" by a Japanese political refugee to World War II America  

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Two books by Taro Yashima, pseudonym of Atsushi Iwamatsu

Yashima, Taro (pseudonym of Atsushi Iwamatsu)

New York

Henry Holt and Company




  • The New Sun  (1943) 310 pp. (8vo), original gray cloth in pictorial dust jacket. First Edition. Dj creased with closed tears.
  • Horizon Is Calling (1947) 276 pp. (8vo), original gray cloth, blue printing in pictorial dust jacket; text in English and Japanese. First Edition.  Inscribed on flyeaf: "To [Cipe Prineles?] who is living in the same age. Feb. 1949. Taro Yashima.” Dj soiled, worn with chips.

Escaping from militarist Japan, where he and his pregnant wife were arrested and tortured by the Japanese secret police for their anti-fascist sympathies, Yashima  - his nom de guerre - came to America in March 1939.. After Pearl Harbor, as a propagandist for the OSS intelligence agency, he wrote the autobiographic story of his ordeal, which, with its 1947 sequel are “picture books”, each page being an illustration with minimal text.  In 1953, he began writing and illustrating seven award-winning children’s books. (See 1959 listing) Unlike his wife, who became a US citizen before their divorce, Yashima thought of himself as an expatriate; he intended to one day return to Japan, but died in Los Angeles in 1994.

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Dust jackets worn; otherwise very good.

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