The Emperor's Bridge Campaign currently is at work on a book of selected Proclamations of Emperor Norton.
The book is to include full sourcing and a brief historical note for each Proclamation — and, where possible, a photo-scanned image of the Proclamation as it originally appeared in the newspaper that published it.
We also plan to include one or more historical essays about the Emperor, his Proclamations and his world.
Our hope is that, in providing a well-researched and -documented resource that doesn't currently exist within Norton scholarship, this book can become a worthwhile and important contribution with wide appeal — an educational tool that introduces the Emperor to those who don't already know his story, and that enlarges and sharpens the picture of him for those who do.
For a full introduction to this project, please see our original announcement here.
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The Campaign is keeping open its options either to seek a publisher for this book of selected Proclamations or to publish the book on its own imprint.
If the latter, we'd like to make the book as beautiful as possible: high-quality design, paper, printing and production; possibly in cloth. We also would like to print enough copies to be able to take advantage of the economies of scale that will enable us to offer the book at a reasonable price.
Either way, we need funds to underwrite the research and writing of the book, including travel to research institutions and scans of original documents.
In that spirit, we invite foundations, organizations and individuals who share our vision for the book to contribute funding support by clicking below. *
A listing of all sponsors will be included in the book.
If you prefer to donate by check, please send to:
The Emperor's Bridge Campaign
55 Chumasero Drive, 10F
San Francisco, CA 94132
Thanks so much!
This project is made possible, in part, by a grant in the form of a Research Gift from the San Francisco History Association.
* The Emperor's Bridge Campaign is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Financial contributions are not tax-deductible.