LAST DAYS OF THE REPUBLIC. San Francisco: Alta California Publishing House, 1880. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4  6-8 [9-11] 12-258, flyleaves at front and rear, five inserted plates with illustrations by G. F. Keller, original pictorial terra cotta cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind. First edition. The Chinese conquer the United States. A very early yellow peril novel which appears to be the first treatment of this theme by an American writer. "The tale of the future did not begin to develop in the United States before the 1880s... The first of the new American wars was the great disaster related in Pierton Dooner's LAST DAYS OF THE REPUBLIC of 1880. It is an early example of the mortal blow dealt by the enemy from within, then a novel device that would become a universal stereotype before the end of the century. On this occasion Chinese laborers combine to take over the United States; the Imperial Dragon flag of China is raised over the Capitol; Washington falls to the merciless yellow men; and, in keeping with the unrelenting workings of these propaganda stories, the end comes for the United States." - Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749 (1992), pp. 42-3. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-64; (1981) 1-61; (1987) 1-30; and (1995) 1-30. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 596. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 256. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 40. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 66. Wu, The Yellow Peril (1892), pp. 34-7. Bleiler (1978), p. 62. Reginald 04465. Wright (III) 1583. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 679. Private owner's embossed stamp on front free endpaper. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, small, mild foxing to endpapers, a bright, very good plus copy. An attractive, superior copy of this book. (#151555).
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