The Heathen Chinee. Illustrated by Joseph Hull.
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, enclosed in a green morocco slipcase, backstrip faded to brown. First Separate Edition, BAL's First Printing. The second set of cards has all of the first printing points, but it's a copy, obviously not lithographed; Card 6 of this set has been reproduced without a left margin, so that the artist's first initial and part of "No." in "No. 6" are truncated. 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. This edition not in Cowan.]
(Item Id: 5784)