Lot 265 of 364:
1870 Bret Harte’s “Heathen Chinee”, 1st appearance  

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Title:
The Overland Monthly Devoted to The Development of the Country, Volume V
Author:
Harte, Bret
Place:
San Francisco
Publisher:
John H. Carmany & Company
Date:
1870
Description:

584 pages. (8vo)  half leather over marbled boards. Bret Harte's poem "Plain Language from Truthful James" appears on pp. 287-8.

First appearance of the Bret Harte poem later renamed the “Heathen Chinee”, the cornerstone of anti-Chinese literature and propaganda in California. Harte intended the poem to be a lampoon of racial prejudice, but it became a literary favorite of the anti-Chinese racist movement, then at its height in northern California, with the new title taken from Harte’s words, “…for ways that are dark / And for tricks that are vain, The heathen Chinee is peculiar…”

 
Lot Amendments
Condition:
Wear to spine and extremities; hinges cracked; ex-library with labels, blindstamp, rubberstamp.
 
Item number:
288618
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