The Sea of Fertility tetralogy by Yukio Mishima, 1st/1st, 1970-74
London: Secker & Warburg, (1970-74). First UK editions. [These editions are all in very similar condition, and so will be described collectively]. The dust wrappers are each finely designed by Philip Mann and are with light fading at the spine and very slight rubbing on the top and bottom edges. They have been neatly price clipped. The boards are free from notable chips and marks but with a general light bumping at the bottom of the spine. The text blocks are clean and bright throughout. The first title, 'Spring Snow' has a neat previous owner's inscription on the front flyleaf. Overall, this is a near fine set of fine titles.
The tetralogy was described by Paul Theroux as "the most complete vision we have of Japan in the twentieth century". he series, which Mishima began writing in 1964 and which was his final work, is usually thought of as his masterpiece. Its title refers to the Mare Fecunditatis, a lunar mare.