1914 Home Life in China
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
'Home Life in China' is an informative look into Chinese homes in the early twentieth century. Isaac Taylor Headland offers a positive outlook, not comparing Chinese home life in a derogatory way to American home life. Such subjects covered in this book include the school life of children, rules of behaviour for children, the lives of housewives and mothers, marriage and funeral celebrations, shops and markets, and superstitions and humour. Isaac Taylor Headland was a missionary who set off to China in 1890. He became the professor of science at Peking University, and through his time in China, published many books about his experiences there. Some of his books include 'Chinese Heroes', 'Court Life in China', and 'China's New Day'. Illustrated by Vera Waddington, who studied at the Slade School of FIne Art, and became friends with Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury Group. Also included are illustrations and photographs by Yang Chu-hsi, H.S. Elliott, and Dr Marcus L. Taft. With a frontispiece and a further eight monochrome black throughout. Lacking plates facing pages 82, 100, 128, 229, 226, 240, and 302, which includes the four coloured plates. With thirty-one pages of publisher's adverts to the rear. Collated, incomplete,
In the original publisher's cloth binding, with gilt decoration to the front board and spine. Externally, sound. Joints are lightly strained, resulting in the head of the spine to be lifting a little. Marks to the rear board has caused a small amount of discolouration. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Front hinge is starting but remains firm. Minor spotting to the fore edge Light offsetting to the recto of the front endpaper, and verso of the rear endpaper. Prior ink inscription to the head to the recto of the front endpaper, '2/-'. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned to the edges, and generally clean, with light foxing to the first and last few pages, and the odd scattered spot throughout, often due to the spots to the fore edge. Prior owner's ink inscription to the top of the half-title page. Lacking plates facing pages 82, 100, 128, 229, 226, 240, and 302.
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