China Under the Empress Dowager. Being the history of the life and times of Tzu Hsi, compiled from state papers and the private diary of the comptroller of the household.

Peking: Henri Vetch, 1939. Hardcover. Said the Empress on her deathbed, "Never again allow any woman to hold the supreme power in the State. It is against the house-law of our Dynasty and should be strictly forbidden. Be careful not to permit eunuchs to meddle in Government matters. The Ming Dynasty was brought to ruin by eunuchs, and its fate should be a warning to my people". (p414) Tall 8vo, xx, 470pp, maps. Bright yellow cloth; title in black at front cover, with red Chinese decoration to front cover. Title in black at spine. Original yellow dj, title in black, red Chinese stamp at front cover; title in black at yellow dj spine. Dj dusty and rubbed, chipped head and tail of spine. Internally, foredge of rear endpaper map ruffled, o/w bright and clean. Very good overall. Item #17448

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