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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #24948, Pinball, 1973 (Tokyo), Kodansha, (1985). The first English language edition of his second book and the second book in the "Trilogy of the Rat," following Hear the Wind Sing and preceding The Wild Sheep Chase. A small, pocket-sized paperback, in the Kodansha English Library series, a series intended to allow Japanese readers to read Japanese books in English; the notes in the back -- themselves an unusual feature in a book of fiction -- translate English colloquialisms into Japanese characters. Owner name and date inside the rear cover under flap; otherwise a near fine copy in wrappers in a near fine dust jacket nicked at the crown and with a corner crease to the front flap. [#024948] $565
NY, Kodansha, (1994). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of Murakami's third novel and fourth book to be published in English. Fine in wrappers. [#915438] $100
click for a larger image of item #33389, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage NY, Knopf, 2014. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. A couple tiny corner bends; very near fine in wrappers. The first printing of the U.S. hardcover edition was announced as 250,000 copies; there is no doubt this proof is at least 1000 times scarcer. [#033389] $75