New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979. First American Edition. First appearance in the US of Endo's best-known work, "the story of a seventeenth-century Portuguese priest in Japan at the height of a fearful persecution of the small Christian community" (from front flap). Johnston's translation was first published in Tokyo, by Sophia University Press. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); gray paper and black cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in pale gray on spine; dustjacket; ,7-294pp. Upper corners bumped, subtle offsetting to pastedowns, with a faint paper-clip impression at upper front endpaper; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $9.95), lighlty edgeworn, with subtle toning to spine and extremities, and a few closed tears; Very Good+.