San Francisco: Bohemian Club, May 9, 1918. First Edition. Original wrappers. Single sheet folded program for San Francisco's Bohemian Club Spring House-Cleaning Jinks. Distinctive Jo Mora illustration on front cover. Lyrics by George Sterling. A fine copy; the only copy of this Mora illustration that we've seen and no copy of this program located in OCLC; scarce thus. Item #17243
Among Bohemians, planned entertainment of any real magnitude is called a Jinks. This nomenclature extends from the earliest days of the Bohemian Club when its members were searching for precedents and traditions to adopt from the literature and entertainment of other times and other places. Club members performed in various types of Jinks: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, High, Low, Neophyte, to name a few, as well as the annual "Ladies' Jinks" held at the Club especially for spouses and invited guests. This Spring House-Cleaning Jinks on May 9, 1918, presented two plays - the opening performance titled "Brains" and the following on-act play "The Birth of a Notion" which included Jo Mora as one of the performers in the role of Love O'Liquor, the last remaining occupant of cell of Love.