A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. Introduction By Prof. Hyman Kublin: Werner, E.T.C. A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. Introduction By Prof. Hyman Kublin: Werner, E.T.C. A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. Introduction By Prof. Hyman Kublin: Werner, E.T.C. A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. Introduction By Prof. Hyman Kublin: Werner, E.T.C.

A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. Introduction By Prof. Hyman Kublin

Werner, E.T.C.

Published by NY. 1960. Julian Press, 1960
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large, thick black, red & gilt decorative (yin~yang trigram mandala) cloth hardbound 8vo. ~ 8º (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. bottom of spine has couple of faded spots where dustwrapper was stuck to it. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in good cond. soiled spine, small chips & tears, not price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first printing (same date on title & copyright pg. & no additional printings indicated) of the Julian Press reprint (original =Shanghai 1932. Kelly & Walsh Ltd.). xxiii+627p. pronunciation guide. index to myths. table of chinese dynasties. bibliography. religion. folklore. mythology. ancient history. cosmology. ancient literature. astrology. medicine.~WERNER'S compendium of Chinese mythology, inimitably described by the author himself as a "Who's Who of the Chinese Otherworld," has been a choice collector's item for many years. It was originally published in 1932 with the illustrious imprint of Kelly and Walsh of Shanghai. But like many another notable work in the field of Chinese studies brought out by this famous publishing house, Werner's volume has long been unavailable to numerous would~be readers and purchasers. This stupendous work required nearly a half century to compile, traces the major myths, superstitions, and beliefs that are found in Eastern literature, art, and Customs. Explains how the God of Happiness had his origin in an emperor's liking for dwarfs . why Chinese children wear a cord around their necks . . . what incense means in the temple . and other fascinating aspects of Oriental imagination. In addition to Dr. Werner's witty and informative introduction, the book contains a special section on the pronunciation of Chinese words, a table of Chinese dynasties, and a bibliography. Alphabetically indexed, and cross~referenced. It would not be shameless adulation to assert that few Westerners other than the late E. T. C. Werner could ever have compiled so unique a work as his handbook of the Chinese supernatural. The indisputable fact remains that his breed of scholar has vanished like the old China he loved so dearly. In the fashion of many another giant in Asian studies he was a career officer in the British foreign service. Yet long after he had retired from active duty he uninterruptedly pursued his researches on Chinese history and civilization. Thoroughly conversant with the Chinese language and deeply steeped in Chinese culture, he made the land of the Han his home on and off for almost seventy years. E. T. C. Werner was painstakingly precise in his Own work and acidly intolerant of shoddy scholarship. He demanded the maintenance of the highest academic standards. Catholic in his interests and richly imaginative and reflective, he was an omnivorous but discriminating reader as well as an eagle~eyed observer of the dramas of passing life. Scholars cannot but be impressed by the measured beauty of his English phrases. His DICTIONARY OF CHINESE MYTHOLOGY is a work of literary art. Bookseller Inventory # 9101302

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Publisher: NY. 1960. Julian Press

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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