Join us October 7–16, 2022 for our upcoming virtual antiquarian book fair!
Preregister now for and get $10 to use at the fair.
Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

That Heathen Chinee and Other Poems Mostly Humorous. by  F. Bret Harte - Signed First Edition - [1871] - from G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB (SKU: 385)

That Heathen Chinee and Other Poems Mostly Humorous.

Click for full-size.

That Heathen Chinee and Other Poems Mostly Humorous.: By F. Bret Harte, Author of “The Luck of the Roaring Camp” and “Sensation Novels Condensed.”

by Harte, F. Bret

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
See description
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
New York, New York
Item Price
Or just $725.00 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
$20.00 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 3 to 5 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

Harte, F. Bret, That Heathen Chinee and Other Poems Mostly Humorous. By F. Bret Harte, Author of "The Luck of the Roaring Camp" and "Sensation Novels Condensed." London: John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, [1871]. Savill, Edwards and Co., Printers, Chandos Street, Covent Garden. 17 cm. First English edition, first issue, with the misprint on line 14, p. 126: "Sandy cMGee;". There is another misprint for the first poem in the table of contents. "That Heathen Chinee" is listed as being on page "L1." As the first poem in the book, it begins on page 15 (unpaginated). All poems listed in the table of contents are present. Colored frontispiece and a colored vignette on the title page. An imperfect copy, with gathering "D" bound in front of gathering "C". The pagination is as follows: vi; B1-8 (corresponding to pages 15-28); D1-8 (corresponding to pages 45-60); C1-8 (corresponding to pages 29-44; E1-8 (corresponding to pages 61-76); F1-8 (corresponding to 77-92); G1-8 (corresponding to pages 93-108); H1-8 (corresponding to 109-124); I1-8 (corresponding to pages 125 – 140); K 1 (corresponding to pages 141 and 142, both unpaginated, p. 141 has the text of "Fate". The verso has the printer's name and address, but is otherwise blank. Eighteen pages of John Camden Hotten's advertisements follow the text.

Bound in quarter green cloth with cloth corners on marbled boards, this copy belonged to Fleet Surgeon John Lloyd Thomas, R.N., H.M.S. "Endymion," with his bookplate pasted in over part of his signature. His book plate is over-stamped with Japanese characters. The book tag of Jiujiya Book Store, at No. 6, Yatozaka, Yokohama, is pasted onto the front endpaper. On the frontispiece is the embossed stamp of the bookseller W. H. Smith & Son, Strand, London. On page 28, Thomas wrote: "Vide page after -60- for continuation of 'Jim.'" On page 58, Thomas signed his name in full: "John Lloyd Thomas." Thomas also inked his initials on the bottom of the text block: "JLLT." On the title page is a curious ink annotation: "Jay Ell Tomas / H.M.S. "PORPOISE." / 1896." Thomas went to China in 1894 on the "Porpoise," but the spelled abbreviations of his name remain a mystery.

Dr. John Lloyd Thomas (1857-1913) became Fleet Surgeon, R.N. in 1900.. From the John Lloyd Thomas obituary in the British Medical Journal, June 14, 1913: "In 1894 he went to China in the "Porpoise", and in the following year attended the wounded Chinese soldiers and sailors at Chefoo during the China-Japanese war; his services were favourably noted, and he was promoted staff-surgeon in 1896. After a term of service from 1897 to 1899 in the Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, he went out-again; to China in the "Endymion" in 1899. In the following year he served with the second Peking Expedition, and the excellent health of the brigade was attributed in a large measure to the sanitary arrangements made under his supervision. He was specially promoted fleet surgeon for these services, and received also from the Emperor of China the Order of the Double Dragon, first division of the third class. He came home in 1902, already unfortunately suffering from the disabling disease which was to shorten his life."

H.M.S., "Endymion" was a first-class protected cruiser of the Edgar class. She served in China during the Boxer Rebellion and later in the First World War, and was sold in 1920. Not to be confused with her storied predecessor of the War of 1812, which was broken up in 1868. Condition good, binding and printing errors as noted above.


Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $50!

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
That Heathen Chinee and Other Poems Mostly Humorous.
Harte, F. Bret
Bound in quarter green cloth with cloth corners on marbled boards.
Book condition
First issue, English edition
John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly
Place of Publication
Date Published
American Poets, American West, China, Naval Medicine, Naval History
17 cm

Terms of Sale

G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB

We ship to the buyer at a verified address. It is important for our customers to understand that we ship to the buyer at this verified address. All material is guaranteed as described and given a life-time guarantee of authenticity. All material is returnable within ten calendar days with advance written notification from the buyer stating the reason for the return. Returned material must be returned in exactly the same condition and secure internal wrapping in which it was shipped for a full refund to be made. Customers are expected to pay for shipping at the time of purchase according to weight, desired speed of delivery and for the insured value of the shipment. Some large, heavy books or sets of books, will require additional shipping. It is recommended that customers request shipments be sent to themselves in their own names by the most secure means to their verified addresses to assure speedy and secure insured delivery. For some customers outside the United States, special arrangements may be necessary to assure safe and secure delivery. We accept checks drawn on United States banks in dollars, as well as payments through PayPal. Sales to residents of New York State and New York City are subject to state and local taxes. All books and/or items remain the property of G. Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper until payment in full has been received. All material is subject to prior sale.

About the Seller

G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since 2016
New York, New York
Ask Seller a Question

About G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB

By Appointment Only.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Marbled boards
... [More]
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [More]
A decorative design or illustration placed at the beginning or end of a ... [More]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,... [More]
title page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the... [More]
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former... [More]

This Book’s Categories