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[Alfred Trumble], M. Woolf (illus.)

The Mott Street Poker Club

New York, New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1888. First edition, scarce, with only 3 copies listed on OCLC as of March 2023. "The Mott Street Poker Club" is a fictional account revealing the underground card and gambling scene in New York's Chinatown. Utilizes common anti-Asian stereotypes and sentiments from the time, including frequent use of a phoneticized "Chinese accent". The anonymous author, Alfred Trumble (dates unknown, possibly pseudonym?), wrote several books on eclectic subjects ranging from New York's underground card scene to the Crusades (with illustrations by Gustave Doré), Dickens' interest in jails, Parisian night life, and "The Mysteries of Mormonism". He is an odd and shadowy character begging for further research by scholars.

8vo (9.25" by 6"), pp. 50, [4 pp. adverts], stapled in original illustrated yellow wrappers printed in red and black. Ink stamp of Kleinteich's Book Store (Brooklyn, NY) to title-page. Good to very good. Upper wrapper detached. Minor toning, dust soiling, chipping to extremities and spine. One or two minor stains. Paper brittle.

Price: $450.00

Item #23005694

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