The Book of Jade
First edition, first printing of this masterpiece of decadent and nihilistic verse, published anonymously at the author's insistence. The author was David Park Barnitz, a 23-year-old Harvard graduate and Orientalist scholar who would die a few weeks after the book's publication of a supposed enlarged heart, although there were whispers of suicide. His identity to the book was linked through the publication of one of the poems from The Book of Jade in the Overland Monthly in March, 1901, under a new title, but under Barnitz's own name.
New York: Doxy's at the Sign of the Lark, 1901. Limited to 600 hand-numbered copies of which this is 553. pp. 1-6] 7-131 [132: blank]. Original black pictorial cloth, front board stamped in red and yellow, spine stamped in yellow, top edge gilt. Contemporary ownership details in pencil to flyleaf, minor shelfwear to boards, archival sticker to rear pastedown. Binding is sturdy and square. Protected in a removable archival sleeve. A very presentable copy of this scarce volume.
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