Boxer Rebellion. Wah, S.C. American Proclamation urging the Chinese population in Tientsin to remain calm. [Tientsin] : lettered " by Order of the Guard of the American Troops in the South East Quarter, July 22, 1900." but ?later.
Lot 150
Boxer Rebellion.
Wah, S.C.
American Proclamation urging the Chinese population in Tientsin to remain calm. [Tientsin] : lettered " by Order of the Guard of the American Troops in the South East Quarter, July 22, 1900." but ?later.
Sold for US$ 1,250 inc. premium

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Boxer Rebellion.
Wah, S.C. American Proclamation urging the Chinese population in Tientsin to remain calm. [Tientsin] : lettered " by Order of the Guard of the American Troops in the South East Quarter, July 22, 1900." but ?later. Lithographic chinese proclamation with a short pigeon English translation, printed on native paper, 540 x 1160mm. Composed by the Chinese Scholar S. C. Wah, Chinese interpreter to the USMC, and written on behalf of the US marine Forces occupying part of the South East Quarter of Tientsin (Foreign Settlements) after the city had fallen to the International troops of the Eight-nation Alliance. Old fold lines as if folded up in a pocket, tears along many folds, a few chips, without loss of characters, small stamp at lower right corner "War 56 2" [War Dept 56th Congress 2nd session, i.e., 1900]. Sold with all faults.

A rare printed proclamation, issued by USMC forces in occupation in Tientsin, after the Battle of Tientsin July 13-14th 1900. The proclamation urges the population to keep calm and by hanging this proclamation on their houses, they accept the protection of the USMC. Soon after the Alliance forces broke into the old city, there were several days of considerable pillage carried out by certain elements of the International Forces. The reports got back to the various Allied commanders and the issue was hushed up, but this American Proclamation shows the US attempting to bring calm and order to their sector. This "banner" was originally written out by the USMC chinese interpreter Wah, and in this case, then lithographed for rapid dissemination through the sector. An early form of this proclamation does not have the corrections in red. We can find only one example of this proclamation at auction, sold in these rooms in October 11 2011 (that copy without the corrections), and Worldcat lists a copy in the William Clements Library Ann Arbor OCLC 123411558, and another copy with the mss corrections in red, is in Stanford UCLA (Accession Mss 2017-141). This example is a variant of both these copies.
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