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WITHDRAWN - Paul Frenzeny's Chinatown Sketches: an Artist's Fascination With San Francisco's Chinese Quarter, 1864-1882

Chalmers, Claudine

San Francisco

Book Club of California



Illustrated throughout with woodcuts by Paul Frenzeny, with 3 fold-out illustrations. (4to), patterned cloth-backed boards, printed cover label. One of 425 copies designed and printed by Jonathan Clark at the Artichoke Press. First Edition.

Artist Paul Frenzeny, a Frenchman of noble descent, became one of the leading 'special correspondents' in the United States and Europe in the days when woodcuts were used to illustrate newspapers. He had depicted San Francisco's Chinese culture in all its pageantry and intensity at a time when most of the white population reviled the Chinese laborers and repressed them in every way possible. This work "explores in detail the seventeen illustrations of San Francisco's Chinese Quarter which the artist drew.at four different points of his career and four stages in the fortunes of that secretive community."

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