Seen & Unseen, or Monologues of an Homeless Snail (Signed, 1920)
The 1920 second printing of 500 copies by Orientalia of Yone Noguchi's "Seen & Unseen, or Monologues of an Homeless Snail." Signed by Noguchi and with his chop opposite the title page. The book of verse was first published in 1897 and written by Noguchi as a young man in the San Francisco Bay area. Noguchi is the father of the contemporary sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The handsome historiated initials (the flourished letters at beginning of a verse) and the cover decoration were designed by Gelett Burgess.
From the collection of W.B. Chase, who was a music critic and editor at the New York Times and the New York Sun during the years 1896-1935. His obituary notes travels in Japan and China, and a love of books. With a large "Orientalia Afloat" bookplate adhered to the front pastedown endpaper "To: William B. Chase, They are the stuff of eternity itself". Item #1555.
Condition: Very Good, light wear and fading to case; sunning around book cover edges; one of the bone clasps is broken; pasted (upside) down inside the box is a graphic "Introducing Orientalia Afloat"