San Francisco: Alta California Publishing House, 1880. 1st. Original cloth. 8vo. 258pp. 5 full-page lithograph plates (including frontispiece) with tissue guards by G. F. Keller. Original rust cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decoration to front cover of a Chinese man surrounded by the words 'The Ruler of All Lands.' Minor wear to extremities else fine, the nicest copy we've seen. Item #18291
A fictional account on the conquest of California and the United States by the Chinese, "who proceeded to convert the country into an oriental dominion with oriental laws." By the last quarter of the 19th century, fears that the number of Chinese would overwhelm America were rampant. Dooner's novel contributed to the myth of a “Yellow Peril" with descriptions of how Chinese immigrants, purporting to be harmless, hardworking laborers, are actually part of a plot by the Chinese government to gradually take over the United States. (Cowan pg. 178; Baird and Greenwood 679; Teaching Resources, University of Illinois).