Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives: Chin P Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives: Chin P Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives: Chin P Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives: Chin P

Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives

Chin P"ing Mei. Introduction By Arthur Waley

Published by John Lane, 1939
Condition: Good Hardcover
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First English Edition Scarce title. Owner's signature on cover page. Some pencil writing on cover page. Please see uploaded photos. For more information, please contact us. With an Introduction by Arthur Waley. This English translation by Bernard Miall from the abridged version by Franz Kuhn (Insel-Verlag, Leipzig) first published in 1939. The following, pieced together from various sources, is the legend of how the Chin P'ing Mei came to be written: In the middle of the sixteenth century A.D. a humble official named Wang Yu happened to be the owner of a very important picture, the Going Up River by Chang Tse-tuan of the Sung dynasty. it was important not only as a work of art but also as a historical document, for it portrayed the splenours of K' aifent Fu, the Northern Sung capital, previous to its destruction in A.D. 1127 by the Kin Tartars. The picture was voered by a wicked and tyrannical offical named Yen Sung, who made every effort to secure it. For a long time Wang Yu held out; but the wicked Yen Sung having finally become all-powerful in the Government was able to threaten Wang with the complete ruin of himself and his family, and at last Wang saw no alternative but to consent. 852 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 094246

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Title: Chin P'ing Mei The Adventurous History of ...

Publisher: John Lane

Publication Date: 1939

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Edition: 1st Edition

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