Lot 241: Two 1888 volumes of Black and Chinese racist gambling caricatures

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:46:39

Lot 241: Author: Trumble, Alfred; Title: Two volumes of racist Black and Chinese gambling caricature; Place Published: New York & London; Publisher: White & Allen; Date Published: 1888-1889; Description: Two related volumes of racist gambling caricature: [Alfred Trumble?] The Thompson Street Poker Club / from "Life" (White & Allen, c.1888) Pictorial boards, disbound, lacking cloth spine 6 x 9 ", 48pp.possibly lacking the rear fly leaf; illustrated by E.W. Kemble [Alfred Trumble?] The Mott Street Poker Club / The Secretary's Minutes (NY & London: White & Allen, 1889) Original cloth spine and decorative boards. 6 x 9", 50pp. Illustrated by M. WoolfIssued as complementary volumes, both written in typical racist dialect, one African-American ("Looker hyar, Gus, whuffer yo'rise dat pot!") the other in Chinese-American Pidgin English ("What you callee him...Makee allee same Melican man."). The first apparently first appeared in 'Life', the 19th century humor magazine. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $100-150
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