New York and London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1910. Genjiro Kataoka. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo, red gilt-decorated cloth with a kimono-clad golden Geisha embossed on the front cover, with a colored frontispiece and three more colored illustrations (with tissue guards), top edges gilt [t.e.g.], decorated endpapers, [x] +  pages. Fine / None. Item #2448
Onoto Watanna (1879-1954: aka Mrs. Winifred Eaton Babcock; "Winnifred Eaton" or "Winifred Reeve") was born in Canada. Her father was an Englishman in the consular service, and her mother Japanese--both Christians.
Onoto became the first woman of Asian descent to publish a novel in English in the United States. She was widely read during the early 1900s and made more than one hundred contributions to major periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, Harpers Monthly, Century Magazine, Red Book, and the Ladies Home Journal.
While in Chicago, she wrote her first book, Miss Numé of Japan (1898). A Japanese Nightingale (Harper & Brothers, 1901), is perhaps her most important piece of work.
She wrote more than 15 novels, 39 short stories, and more than 20 essays and related works. Onota Watanna also wrote literary and film criticism; screenplays (unpublished), and published the serialized novel Movie Madness in Screen Secrets during the 1920's.
--Condensing: Current Literature (Feb., 1902), "General Gossip of Authors and Writers," p.236. Also, Jean Lee Cole's site at https://jeanleecole.wordpress.com/winnifred-eaton-digital-archive/ “Newly Recovered Works by Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton): A Prospectus and Checklist,” published in Legacy 21.2 (2004): 229-234.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: solid, clean, & bright; without dust jacket.