Very Good. Item #003066
Boston: Houghton Mifflin company, 1914. First American Edition. Octavo; x, 531pp. 25 black and white plates including frontis with tissue guard and one folding, all present. Errata slip tipped at page 1. Recased in black buckram with original pebbled yellow cloth with black lettering and illustration retained to boards and spine. Boards edgeworn and bumped at corners and spine ends, with some fraying along edges and some general soiling and smudging to cloth. Pages toning along edges with scattered light to moderate foxing, but unmarked. Binding is sound.
Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet was a British sinologist (and, during WWI, a British secret agent who brokered an arms deal between the Chinese and the UK), whose China Under the Empress Dowager (1910) and Annals & Memoirs of the Court of Peking (1914) -- and donation of literal tons of Chinese documents to the Bodleian Library -- established him as a significant Oriental scholar in his time. Unfortunately the source diary informing most of Dowager and a number of the donated documents were later suspected to be forgeries, and his later memoirs largely fabricated. Poor John Otway Percy Bland, Backhouse's co-author, was dragged along for the ride.