Philadelphia: F. A. Davis, 1901. First edition. Hardcover. An eyewitness account of the 1900 Boxer rebels siege of Peking, and the struggle to survive inside the foreign legations, by an American doctor who was the personal physician to the Chinese royal household.
Robert Coltman, Jr. (1862 – 1931) was an American physician and medical professor who sent out the first report of the siege of the city under siege by the Boxers to the outside world. The book includes descriptions of the mounting anti foreign sentiment, the Boxers and their tenets, Coltman's diary entries, desperate cables to America describing the Boxer movement, and American, British, Russian and Imperial Customs efforts and struggles during the siege. Madame Chamot, an American woman, "the heroine of the siege" (p218), who personally defended the hotel she and her husband owned (the Hotel de Peking), while other women were hiding in the British legation, is vividly described.
8vo, iv,  pp, 248pp, 77 photo engravings. Illustrated green cloth boards, "The Yellow Crime" in gold gilt lettering, with Chinese lettering printed in green at the front board. The spine with gilt title "Beleaguered in Peking". Very slight rubbing at head and tail of spine. OCLC: 558406163. Very good + condition. Item #23445