San Francisco's Fin de Siècle Bohemians — Entertaining UsMore than a CENTURY Later
Doxey, William; Gelett Burgess; & others. The Lark. San Francisco: William Doxey, 1895–97. Square 8vo. Each issue:  ff., and original wrappers. With the general title-leaves and added index leaves.
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Complete run (nos. 1 through 24) of this trend-setting “little magazine,” bound in the publisher's handsome cloth bindings, including the Epilark issue, and retaining all original wrappers.
Issue 1 contains the famous “Purple Cow” poem with Burgess's illustration, here in the second issue. Received wisdom (i.e., no one knows from whom) is that the print run of the first issue was between 15 and 24 copies, only!
The Lark was put out by “Les Jeunes,” a fin de siècle clique of San Francisco aesthetes whose miscellany contained creative writing and interesting graphics in a variety of styles. Text and illustrations were printed on Asian paper; a few issues were printed in green, brown, or dark blue; and from issue 9 to the end, printing was on one side of a leaf only.
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Issues 1 and 2 have thelaid-in photographs and 22 includes the separate leaflet supplement, “Vals de Monterey [sic] Viejo.” The first number, as noted, is the second issue, with Doxey's imprint; the second contains “relics” of R.L. Stevenson.
Binding: Publisher's muslin bindings designed by Florence Lundborg, with her monogram on vol. I; covers illustrated and printed in color, each volume with a different cover image.
Publisher's cloth bindings, lightly rubbed; all wrappers present, that of Issue 15 with a large hole that appears actually to be a paper flaw, not “damage.” All pages untrimmed. A very nice set. (37159)
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