China's Courts and Concubines, Bernard Llewellyn, 1956, 1st Ed., Fine w/VG DJ

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China's Courts and Concubines: Some People in Chinese History Author: Bernard Llewellyn and Pauline Diana Baynes (Illustrator) Publisher: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Release Date: 1956 Seller Category: CHINA Qty Available: 1 Condition: Used: Excellent Sku: 01935 Notes: A Fine book in a Very Good dust jacket, Near Fine overall, First Edition, 8vo, 8 3/4" x 5 3/4." Red cloth-covered boards in a black paper dust jacket. Beige lettering on dust jacket spine. Color illustration on front panel and dust jacket spine. Top edge stained black. Covers have a few small marks on back and minuscule wear to extremities, else pristine and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Dust jacket has slight age toning and a few small bumps and closed tears at top and bottom edges (largest tear is 1" from head of spine along front outer joint), else clean and intact, not price-clipped. Dust jacket protected in a paper-backed mylar sleeve. Pages have light age toning throughout, else pristine and intact. A few black-and-white illustrations included. 214 pp., including illustrations, Notes and Sources, and Index. A collection of biographical stories about Chinese historical figures including Hsi Shih (Xi Shi), Yang Kueifei (Yang Gueifei), Emperor Wu (of Han), Li Po (Li Bo; also, Li Bai), Chu-ko Liang, Wu Tao-tzu (Wu Daozi), Wei Chung-tsien (Wei Zhongxian), Emperor Ch'ien Lung (Emperior Qianlong), and Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi (Empress Dowager Cixi). Author Bernard Llewellyn attests that while the exact stories of these people remain shrouded in mystery (and approach the status of legends), all of them are real and historical. Illustrations by Pauline Diana Baynes. Heavy and oversized items may require additional shipping.