San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1911. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. 8vo. , 140,  pp. ALS tipped to ffep from Sterling regarding the forty-third chapter of Job. Purple cloth with elaborate silver decoration to front cove designed by Porter Garnett, signed P and G in the lower corners. A near fine copy (small stain & slight fading to spine; owner gift inscription; offsetting from newsclippings (now in mylar sleeves). Item #17907
A nice first edition, with a manuscript letter from Sterling dated May 2, 1911 in Carmel, CA, and addressed to one Mr. Caldwell. The letter seems to have been sent in response to Caldwell's request to reprint the last poem in the book, "The Forty-third Chapter of Job," in what Sterling refers to as simply "the paper." Sterling readily agrees to the proposition, stipulating only that he'd like "The House of Orchids" to be credited: "That may induce some incautious person to purchase the book!" He also notes that he as "changed one verse [verse 17] to 'Who ordaineth His truth as a darkness etc.'; the verse has been corrected in pencil in the book, as well. (BAL 18756).