Chicago: The Western News Co, 1870. First edition. Very good condition. Harte celebrated satire in anti Chinese feeling which was perverted into a war cry against 'Chinese cheap labor". Very important and scarce, this is the original color version, with original printed envelope. A satiric look at race relations which established Bret Harte's literary reputation. 9 cartoon series in the original envelope, with story by Bret Harte and cartoons by Joseph Hull. Numbered cartoons with text below depict a card game between 2 western miners ("Truthful James" and "Bill Nye") and a Chinese ("Ah Sin"), in which the Chinese is more proficient at cheating at cards, and for which he is beaten by a mob. With the line "Can this be? We are ruined by cheap Chinese labor". 5 x 7 1/4 in cards, in original envelope. Original envelope dusty, front and back loose, cards themselves clean, very good condition.
(Inventory #: 22048)
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