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Princess Der Ling; (Thaddeus White, Introduction)

Published by Dodd, Mead, New York, NY, 1929
Condition: Collectible - Very Good Hardcover
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Text/Near New w/trace soiling. Gilt embossed green boards/VG w/rubs to all leading edges & light soiling/discoloration. DJ/None. Illustrated end papers; 6 bi-color plates. Memoir of Princess Der Ling (1885 - 1944 Berkely, CA), daughter of Lord Yu Keng, Manchu White Banner Corps, China's envoy to Paris and Tokyo, and Louisa Pierson, offspring of an American merchant and his Chinese consort. De Ling (western name Elisabeth Antoinette) was a "lady-in-waiting" to the Empress Tzu-hsi (Cixi) for two years (1903 - 1905) prior to her 1907 marriage to American Thaddeus Cohu White. The title "Princess" is a self-confered as well as the claim to "lordship" for her father --- highly unfortunate; it drove up her stock before the American public but invited much scorn in China, and led Grant Hayter-Menzies's biography of Der Ling (2006) to be titled: Imperial Masquerade. This volume, 2nd of 9 books Der Ling pens, covers her formative days through her father's death (1905) and is dedicated to her son who wrote the Introduction. The book, nevertheless, sheds historical light on life in a priviledged Manchu household on the eve of the collapse of the Ch'ing Dynasty. Bookseller Inventory # 000566

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Publisher: Dodd, Mead, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1929

Binding: Hard Cover/Stitched

Illustrator: S. Pinkus (Illustrator)

Book Condition:Collectible - Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition, First Thus

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