1919 GEORGE STERLING "LILITH" SIGNED by STERLING & the DEDICATEE First Ed 71/300
LILITH: A DRAMATIC POEM, by GEORGE STERLING.
SIGNED and NUMBERED by GEORGE STERLING on the Colophon / Limitation page (the last page).
Also SIGNED and INSCRIBED by BARBOUR LATHROP, to whom the book is dedicated. Barbour's signature and inscription are on the front free-endpaper: "To Thom / from Barbour / Xmas 1919". (George Sterling's printed dedication on the dedication page reads: "To My Dear Friend / Barbour Lathrop".)
George Sterling and Barbour Lathrop were close friends and very active members of the Bohemian Club. Both considered the BOHEMIAN CLUB their lifelong home. George Sterling committed suicide in his room at the Bohemian Club.
Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1919. LIMITED EDITION of only 300 copies, this being copy #71. First edition, first printing. The true first printing of this book had minor hand corrections made by George Sterling on pages 9, 22, 25, 35, 39, 40, 46, 49, 56, 72, 74, 76, 77, 94, 101, 102, and 106.
Wrappers, staple bound, 5.5x8.5 inches, 110 pages.
FAIR condition: The cover folds are tender, and both the front and rear covers have been glued on too widely to the blank endpapers, the front cover for approx. 1/2 inch and the rear cover for about 1 inch. Internally, the rear cover and its attached endpaper have opened too widely, exposing the staple binding, but are still attached (see photo); the inner pages have George Sterling's hand corrections here and there as noted above; all pages are lightly toned;; otherwise the inner pages are bright, clean and clear. Despite its flaws, a complete, presentable copy.
RARE, especially so with the SIGNATURE and Hand-Corrections of George Sterling, and the INSCRIPTION by the book's dedicatee George Barbour.
About GEORGE STERLING (from Wikipedia):
******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was an American writer based in the San Francisco, California, Bay Area. He was a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism in the early 20th century. His work was admired by writers as diverse as Jack London and Upton Sinclair. Sterling joined the Bohemian Club and acted in their theatrical productions each summer at the Bohemian Grove. For the Grove play of 1907 the Club presented Sterling's "The Triumph of Bohemia". Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. In November 1926, Sterling used it while at his residence at the San Francisco Bohemian Club. Kevin Starr wrote that "When George Sterling's corpse was discovered in his room at the Bohemian Club... the golden age of San Francisco's bohemia had definitely come to a miserable end."******
About BARBOUR LATHROP (from Wikipedia):
******Thomas Barbour Lathrop, b.1847 d.1927, was an American philanthropist and world traveler. Lathrop moved to San Francisco in the early 1870s and worked as a reporter for The San Francisco Morning Call. Shortly after its founding in 1879, Lathrop became one of the earliest members of the Bohemian Club where he was well known for his conversational brilliance and keen wit. Lathrop considered the Bohemian Club in San Francisco his home for the rest of his life. Lathrop's father died in 1887 and left him an equal share in the family fortune. Almost overnight, he became a very wealthy man. He left his job as a reporter and became a philanthropist and world traveler.******