1897. San Francisco: William Doxey At the Sign of the Lark, .
Small 8vo, 51 pp., inlaid frontis illustration on tissue of Yosemite Valley by William Keith. Printed brown paper boards, top edge gilt, untrimmed, headcap chipped. Minor foxing to endpapers, last leaves opened roughly, lightly penciled literary notes on rear endpapers; very good.
§ First edition of this early work by the Japanese poet and essayist, containing his poem inspired by Yosemite Valley and "The Song of Songs which is Noguchi's". Inscribed by Ambrose Bierce to “Lottie Saalbury Nov. 20, 1897”. Yone Noguchi (1875-1947) moved from his native Japan to San Francisco in 1893. He worked as a journalist for a newspaper associated with the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement. In 1896 Yone befriended Joaquin Miller who invited him to his Oakland hillside home. Miller introduced him to many prominent Bay Area bohemians, including Gelett Burgess (who first published Noguchi’s work in The Lark), and Charles Warren Stoddard. BAL 19005. Item #108059