The Heathen Chinee. Illustrated by Joseph Hull. Bret Harte.

The Heathen Chinee. Illustrated by Joseph Hull.

1870. Chicago: Western News Co., 1870.

8vo, nine lithographed cards in original, elaborately lithographed, envelope. Original envelope lightly worn & soiled, slit down one side, original cards lightly soiled and with residue on the back from being glued into an album.

§ First Separate Edition, BAL's First Printing. First published in The Overland Monthly in "Plain Language from Truthful James, " Harte's attempt at satire backfired: this poem, although a spectacular overnight success, was the vehicle for fanning the flames of anti-Chinese sentiment in California and elsewhere. Baird & Greenwood BAL 7248. Johnson, You Know These Lines!, pp. 71-75. See Hart, Companion to California, p. 332, Stewart, Argonaut and Exile, pp 178-81. Item #107583

Price: $150.00

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