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WOOD, CHRISTOPHER - John Adam - Samurai

London, Arlington. 1971, First Edition. (ISBN: 0851401937). Hard Cover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A near Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has small repaired closed tears and is not price clipped. 192 pages. It is 16 and when John Adam, a randy 20 year-old, escapes the hangman's noose, he is naturally anxious to put a few miles between himself and his native Plymouth. Confusing the ships in harbour, he stows away on a vessel bound for India, Java and Japan and finds himself amongst as villainous a crew as ever set sail under the flag of the East India Company. Surviving a treacherous attack by an armoured pirate junk, he is hurled overboard in a typhoon and washed up on the volcanic beach of a small island off Japan. Here, as he regains consciousness, he sees a beautiful native girl taking a sand bath only a few yards away. Somi, daughter of a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and his Japanese mistress, is at first terrified by his appearance, but helps Adam to the cliffside cave and nurses him back to his normal state of rude good health. On an 'exploratory' mission away from the caves, they witness the ambush of Kushoni, a lone Samurai and John Adam goes to the aid of the attacked man. This encounter launches him on a series of fantastic adventures amongst the warring feudal lords and their Samurai followers. His adventure is as if Tom Jones had found himself in a version of King Solomon's Mines written by a 17th century Frank Harris. SCARCE 1. Near Fine/Very Good.
GBP 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 18 US$ 20.72 | JP¥ 2364] Book number 009905

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