San Francisco: Albert Dressler, 1927.
Hardcover. Very good. Copy #178 of 550 issued. 30 pp, illustrated, in original orange cloth, with poem "Ave! Imperator Norton!" by William McDevitt (3 pp) tipped in at the end. Title handwrittem on the spine, endpapers lightly foxed. Label of bookseller Fred M. DeWitt of Oakland, CA, on the front pastedown. "Emperor Norton I is among the most unique and celebrated characters of San Francisco's early history. A failed gold rush-era businessman fallen into madness, he was nonetheless adopted by the press to become a beloved civic mascot and the city's first genuine tourist attraction. Referring to himself as Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Norton issued several decrees, both surprising and inspiring, including the first proposal for a transbay bridge and tunnel, and a calling for the abolition of the nickname 'Frisco'" (FoundSF). Cowan p. 184.