New York, nd. E.P. Dutton and Co. Octavo. Item #027035
335 pages. A special book, handcolored with 41 pages of beautiful flowers, birds, mask and other items delicately painted in watercolor allowing the text to be visible. Novel about a French naval officer who has two objectives for his stay in Japan - to get a tattoo and to acquire a temporary Japanese wife which became the basis for Madam Butterfly. A handsome copy bound by Dutton in 3/4 brown morocco over light brown paper covered boards, raised bands, compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, end papers match binding paper, one signature protruding a bit.