SIGNED with an inscription by the author.
This is a scarce author-signed edition of this work, with an inscription on the front flyleaf reading "To Mr. and Mrs. P. Allen Dutton Parsons with the best wishes of the author. Onoto Watanna. New York City, 1919."
Bound in blue cloth covers with white and green illustration with stamped gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. there is light rubbing at the edges, and faint moisture marking in the upper fore edge corner. The binding is solid.
The text block is adorned with a gilt top edge and deckled bottom and fore edges. The pictorial endpapers depict flowering plants. The antique bookplate of P. Allen Dutton Parsons is affixed to the front pastedown. The color frontispiece depicts a scene from the novel. The pages show mild age toning and scattered light foxing/smudging, mostly marginal. This work is lavishly illustrated with color plates and watermark-style page decorations by Gazo Foudji.
239 pages. Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" All illustrations present.
Winnifred Eaton, (1875 - 1954) was a Canadian author. Although she was of Chinese-British ancestry, she published under the Japanese pseudonym Onoto Watanna. Capitalizing on her mixed ancestry to pass herself off as a Japanese American by the name of "Onoto Watanna" (which sounds Japanese but is not Japanese at all). Under this pseudonym she published romance novels and short stories that were widely read throughout the United States.