First edition of this classic Vietnamese love story about a flute-playing fisherman and a fair maiden – an attractive copy.
Very good plus in like dust jacket.
"Long ago in the Serene Land a beautiful maiden lived in a palace beside a tranquil river."
Taro Yashima, real name Jun Iwamatsu, was an antifascist activist in addition to an artist; he met his wife Mitsu in the Japanese Proletarian Artists' League. After being arrested and tortured by the Japanese government for their activism, they fled to America; they took on their pseudonyms when they were hired by the Office of War Information, and later the Office of Strategic Services, to protect their family still living in Japan. They produced anti-military propaganda for Japanese consumption in various forms throughout World War II, including illustrating handbills for dropping over battlefields.
Yashima established his career as a children's author and illustrator as he told stories to his American-born child, Momo. His art has a hazy, half-imagined quality to it, which is perfectly suited to a folktale such as this one.
San Carlos, CA: Golden Gate Junior Books, (1971). Full title: The Fisherman and the Goblet: A Vietnamese Folk Tale. 8'' x 9''. Original color pictorial boards. Original clipped (price intact: $4.95) color pictorial dust jacket. Colorful geometrically-patterned endpapers. Illustrated in color.  pages. Binding with tiny closed tear, a bit of rubbing and light soil to edges. Binding with a touch of edgewear. Sharp and bright.
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