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The acclaimed masterpiece hailed as the world's first novel - featuring vintage Japanese illustrations.

Hailing from the 11th century, the great masterpiece of Japanese narrative is often cited as the world’s first novel. The book covers the life of the brilliant Prince Genji and his many romances. This exclusive edition features eight vintage Japanese illustrations from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji is offered in a magnificent edition appropriate for a work of this importance. Each book is bound in genuine leather, stamped with a beautiful design, and accented in 22kt gold. The two-volume set comes housed in a custom-crafted, cloth-bound slipcase. The exquisite illustrations are printed on a special paper that resembles traditional rice paper and is designed to make the images come to life. The acid-neutral pages are Smyth-sewn into the binding for long life.

Printed and bound in the USA.

2-volume set in one shipment. 6 1/2" x 9 3/4"

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The great Japanese novel and the world's first novel in an exclusive leather-bound edition.


- Bound in genuine leather.
- Accented with precious 22kt gold.
- Historic illustrations from the collections of The Library of Congress.
- Illustrations printed on a specialty paper resembling traditional rice paper.
- Books come in a custom-crafted, cloth-bound slipcase.
- Traditional and elegant 'hubbed' spines.
- Beautiful gilded page-ends.
- Sturdy and elegant fabric end-sheets.
- Pages are Smyth-sewn into the binding.
- Satin ribbon page markers.
- Acid-neutral paper.
- Printed and bound in the USA.

Standard shipping included at no additional charge.

Printed on archival quality, acid-neutral paper specially milled for this edition that conforms to all guidelines established for permanence and durability by the Council of Library Resources and the American National Standards Institute.

About the Book

The acclaimed masterpiece hailed as the world's first novel…

Among the iconic and defining works of Japanese civilization, one may stand above all others: The Tale of Genji, the 11th century prose chronicle composed by the noblewoman who was even in her own lifetime referred to as “Lady Murasaki” after the central female character of her masterpiece.

Both an insider’s portrait of a distant and strange aristocratic society and a powerful portrayal of universally experienced feelings of longing and loss, The Tale of Genji is one of the greatest and most enduring achievements of world literature and has made Murasaki as central and defining to Japan as Shakespeare is to the English speaking world.

Now Easton Press is proud to present this: Lady Murasaki's THE TALE OF GENJI, an exclusive two matching leather-bound volume Collector Edition set.

Timeless human desires in a thousand year old world.

Murasaki was born into the lower ranks of the aristocracy, but her exceptional literary talent won her a place at Japan’s Imperial court, an effete and isolated world of intricate etiquette, exquisite style, and complex love affairs that became the central focus of Murasaki’s writing.

Eschewing the fairy tale and fantasy of 10th century Japanese literature, The Tale of Genji is the epic four generation chronicle of the ‘Shining Prince’ Genji, his sons, and grandsons whose lives and loves Murasaki portrays with the irony and psychological insight of a medieval Jane Austen combined with a profound sensitivity to the sorrow and fleeting nature of human affairs.

The Easton Press Lady Murasaki's THE TALE OF GENJI features eight classical Japanese artworks selected from the collections of the Library of Congress for this exclusive Collector Edition set. Each stunning full-color illustration is printed on specially formulated paper designed to reproduce the unique texture and vibrant look of the traditional rice paper used by Japan’s legendary master artists.

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