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The Heathen Chinee

Ironically, Bret Harte (1836-1902) opposed Anti-Chinese sentiment publicly in the 1860s. One reading of "The Heathen Chinee" argues that, as the white men are cheating too, the message is more ambiguous than it appears.

Institutional sale only - to be contextualized for educational purposes.

[Chicago, Illinois]: Western News Co., 1870. First printing of "The Heathen Chinee", subtitled "Plain Language from Truthful James", a series of nine (9) lithographic plates based on the narrative poem by Bret Harte (1836-1902). Steeped in Anti-Chinese sentiment, the plates tell the story of a Chinese immigrant named "Ah Sin" who cheats at cards, instigating a violent mob. Plate No. 6 summarizes the overall message of the tale: "We are ruined by Chinese cheap labor". Each plate measures approx. 7.25" by 5.5"; versos blank. Lacking original printed wrapper. OCLC - 7 (Mar 2022). Toned, one small water stain to plate 9, else fine. Lacking original printed wrapper. Plate 7 appears to be from a different printing.

Price: $300.00

Item #22004208

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