Lot 360: New York’s Chinatown in 1898, inscribed

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Lot 360: Author: Beck, Louis J.; Title: New York's Chinatown, An Historical Presentation of its People and Places; Place Published: New York; Publisher: Bohemia Publishing; Date Published: 1898; Description: 332pp. Profusely illustrated. Original decorative cloth covers. First Edition. Inscribed by Beck on flyleaf to Joe Heidinger, Nov. 24, 1898. Beck's informative narrative, while attempting to be even-handed, is often condescending and racist. Despite its bias, it is a comprehensive view of Chinatown social life, from laundrymen and artists and barbers to farmers and actors and Tong criminals, with chapters on Opium smoking, gambling, prostitution and other forms of "vice" prefaced by the assurance that most "Chinamen are a frugal, industrious, docile, honest class of people, practicing many virtues which should commend them and which might be well emulated by their detractors". An important study of the principal Chinatown of the East coast. Condition: Cracked hinge, wear to spine, spotting and darkening of some pages; 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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