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Heading: -1870
Author: Harte, Bret
Title: The Overland Monthly Devoted to The Development of the Country, Volume V
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher:John H. Carmany & Company
Date Published: 1870

584 pages. (8vo) half leather over marbled boards. Bret Harte's poem "Plain Language from Truthful James" appears on pp. 287-8.

First appearance of the Bret Harte poem later renamed the "Heathen Chinee", the cornerstone of anti-Chinese literature and propaganda in California. Harte intended the poem to be a lampoon of racial prejudice, but it became a literary favorite of the anti-Chinese racist movement, then at its height in northern California, with the new title taken from Harte's words, "...for ways that are dark / And for tricks that are vain, The heathen Chinee is peculiar..."


Wear to spine and extremities; hinges cracked; ex-library with labels, blindstamp, rubberstamp.

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1870 Bret Harte’s “Heathen Chinee”, 1st appearance

Estimate $200 - $300Jun 28, 2018
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
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