Lot 277 of 364:
1st memoir by an “ordinary” Chinese American NY Laundryman  

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$200 - $300

Title:
The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans As Told by Themselves
Author:
Holt, Hamiton (editor)
Place:
New York
Publisher:
James Pott & Company
Date:
1907
Description:

299 pages. (12mo), original gray cloth, gilt titles. Third Impression, first issued in 1906.  

 

An anthology which contains the chapter, “Life Story of a Chinaman” on pp. 281-299, a singled out by historians as the first autobiographical memoir of an “ordinary” (uneducated) Chinese-American, who owned a laundry in New York. Probably “ghost-written, but with unquestionably authentic content. 

The anthology also includes a chapter by an anonymous Japanese domestic servant to rich Caucasians, butler to a “fashionable mistress” in New York; and other accounts by a Filipino, an African American, and a Native American. Owner’s inscription by a woman missionary who worked with immigrants in New York.

 

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Spine darkened; ownership signature on front pastedown; very good.
 
Item number:
288679
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