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    Scarce Complete Set of Nine "The Heathen Chinee" 1870 "THE HEATHEN CHINEE," complete set with original cover and nine lithographed cards, by Bret Harte, illustrated by Joseph Hull, first edition, published by the Western News Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1870. Cover very good; cards choice extremely fine. A rare, early stereotypical derogatory text and cards, each approximately 7" x 5.5", lithographed after Joseph Hull, in original envelope. A few minor stains to the cards, and the envelope is soiled and torn in places, with tape around each edge. But the key feature of this collection is the marriage between racist imagery and derogatory narrative, which reflected the antipathy against Chinese immigrants and their offspring in late-19th century America. This particular text ends with "Ah Sin," the "Heathen Chinee," being lynched. A real, museum-quality collection. First edition, second printing, BAL 7248. Ten items.

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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