The Lark, Nos. 1-24 [with] The Epi-Lark.

San Francisco: William Doxey, 1895-1897. 25 original parts, including Epi-lark, each either folded, stitched, or stapled. With publisher’s indexes to “Book The First: Nos. 1-12” and “Book The Second: Nos. 13-24” and publisher’s advertisement for Book The Second. With supplements to No. 1 (portrait of Pico Della Mirandola), No. 2 (portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson), and No. 22 (song sheet, “Vals de Monterey Viejo”). No. 22 is inscribed “Florence Paul - Compliments of Gelett Burgess.” Expectable browning and edge wear to all issues. Approx. 8 issues have pink or green stains to outside edge. No. 9 has 0.5” x 1” tear with loss to text block. Three other issues have small tears not affecting text block, first publisher’s index has extensive fold-tears but no loss. Housed in a custom portfolio with slip case. More commonly found bound in 2 vols., rare in original parts as here. A complete run of San Francisco’s original Bohemian “zine,” written and illustrated by Gelett Burgess and his fellow irreverent aesthetes, ‘Les Jeunes,’ including Maynard Dixon, Porter Garnett and Ernest Peixotto. The first issue contains Burgess’ immortal verse, “Purple Cow,” and the last, fittingly, his regretful revocation: “Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"— / I'm Sorry, now, I wrote it; / But I can tell you Anyhow / I'll Kill you if you Quote it!”. Item #105118

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