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Heading: -1907
Author: Holt, Hamiton (editor)
Title: The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans As Told by Themselves
Place Published: New York
Publisher:James Pott & Company
Date Published: 1907

299 pages. (12mo), original gray cloth, gilt titles. Third Impression, first issued in 1906.

An anthology which contains the chapter, "Life Story of a Chinaman" on pp. 281-299, a singled out by historians as the first autobiographical memoir of an "ordinary" (uneducated) Chinese-American, who owned a laundry in New York. Probably "ghost-written, but with unquestionably authentic content.

The anthology also includes a chapter by an anonymous Japanese domestic servant to rich Caucasians, butler to a "fashionable mistress" in New York; and other accounts by a Filipino, an African American, and a Native American. Owner's inscription by a woman missionary who worked with immigrants in New York.


Spine darkened; ownership signature on front pastedown; very good.

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1st memoir by an “ordinary” Chinese American NY

Estimate $200 - $300Jun 28, 2018
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