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Item 149 - Sun Yat-sen Catalog 547 (Mar 2019)

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Estimate: $60,000.00 +
Sold Price: $67,758.75 (includes buyer's premium)


Chinese revolutionary, born Sun Wen (1866-1925), who helped to overthrow the centuries-old Qing Dynasty in 1911 to become the first president of the Republic of China. LS in Chinese, signed “Sun Wen,” two pages, 6.5 x 10, October 21, 1922. From 1923 to 1926. Sun and the Kuomintang used Guangdong (his hometown) as a base to challenge the warlords in the north, who controlled much of the nation. In this letter, at the beginning of that effort, Sun identifies the urgent need to reclaim Guangdong, and addresses his army's needs to an apparent supporter, in part (translated): "Our troops have battled across thousands of miles, their food consumption is huge and resources are scarce. If it was not for the joint effort by supporters within the country and overseas and their generous donations, how could we have embarked on this great mission." He goes on to proclaim: "At this extremely critical moment where success hangs by a thread, we summon up our courage and lead all kindred spirits, each exerting the final effort towards the cause of overcoming the evildoers to settle the chaos." In very good condition, with tape, tears, and paper loss to the edges, and show-through at the center of each page from old reinforcement tape on the reverse of each page. An exceedingly rare letter signed by this significant Chinese revolutionary.

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