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Japanese-American poet-novelist as California bohemian  

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Rare Japanese poet's California broadside: Song Unto Brother Americans

Noguchi, Yone

Oakland, CA


August 1887


1 pg. Broadside 25.8x20.9 cm (10x8"). Also includes

  • "Miss Morning Glory" [pseud. of Noguchi]. The American Diary of a Japanese Girl. (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1902) 261 pp. 10 full-page plates and text decorations by Genjiro Yeto. (4to), half tan textured cloth over decorative boards with paste-on color illustration. First Edition.

Broadside inscribed to author Carolyn Wells with additional holograph note at bottom, “May I hear from you sometime? My new book will be out soon.”

Noguchi lived in America for a decade before returning to Japan; he sometimes considered himself a “brother American” – as manifested by the rare broadside poem he wrote in 1897, probably printed by his friend and host Joaquin Miller while Noguchi was living a complicated bi-sexual lifestyle among San Francisco bohemians. He never acquired American citizenship and lived out his life in Japan, supporting his homeland’s battle with the US during World War II.

His anonymously-published “Diary”, the first book written by Noguchi, at age 26, has been called “the first Japanese-American novel” – the main character being a Japanese-American rather than the Japanese characters in the first books of “incognito” Chinese-American “Onoto Watanna”. Yeto, the artist, also illustrated Watanna’s “Japanese Nightingale” the year before.


Lot Amendments

Broadside with folds; otherwise near fine. Book only fair: spine cracked at top and bottom; multiple dampstaining spots to covers; wear to extremities; front hinge cracked; ownership signatures.

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