Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Books, . First Edition. Signed presentation from DeMente on the front endpaper: “To Ben Martin with kindest personal regards, from an old friend, Boye DeMente. 10 June 81. Phoenix, AZ.” Boyé Lafayette DeMente [1928–2017] was an American author, journalist, and adventurer who wrote more than 100 books, mainly related to the culture of Japan and the Japanese language. He also wrote widely on East Asia and Mexico. DeMente was among the first writers to introduce the Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, totemae-hoone, shibui and wabi-sabi to the Western world. 8vo., pictorial gray wraps, stamped in red & black;303 pages. Item #57198
Very Good (light crease down front cover; contents clean & tight).