San Francisco: John J. Newbegin, 1916. 1st. Original boards. First Edition. INSCRIBED "To our dear friend/***/Fondly/G. T. Marsh"). 8vo. 304 pp. Glossary. Illustrations by Chiura Obata. Publisher's Note from the Authors, dated May 29, 1920, tipped in to front. Tan boards in illustrated dustjacket and orginal glassine. Minor wear to glassine & dustjacket extremities else a fine copy. Item #17591
Author's first book. "This tale aims to picture the awakening Japan - the Japan of the period that begins with the year 1854, and ends with the year 1890." As a young man, Marsh lived several years in Japan where he developed a life-long passion and interest in Japanese culture and art. In 1876, he joined his family in San Francisco and opened "G. T. Marsh and Company: Japanese Art Repository," most likely the first Asian Art gallery in the United States. In 1894, Marsh created the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as a 'Japanese Village' feature of the Mid Winter Exposition.