1938 The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life
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Illustrated, Original Binding, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce, With Dustwrapper
The scarce fourth impression. In the original cloth binding with the publisher's unclipped dust wrapper. With a frontispiece, ten plates and several vignette illustrations. Collated complete. With an ink signature for 'Warwick Deeping', to the front free endpaper, dated 1941. Deeping was an English novelist and short story writer best known for his novel, 'Sorrell and Son'. A famous Chinese Taoist book on meditation, mixing Buddhist teachings with Confucian thought. It was originally written by two groups in the 17th century by means of the spirit-writing technique known as 'Fuji'. This technique involves a suspended sieve to guide a stick through sand, writing out Chinese characters. This translated edition became popularised among Westerners and is considered a Chinese religious classic. Translated and explained by the German sinologist, Richard Wilhelm with a European commentary by Carl Jung. Translated into English by Cary F. Baynes. The half title page is present.
In the original full cloth binding. Externally, very smart with light shelf wear to the edges. The odd light mark to the boards. Foxing and offsetting to the paste-downs and free endpapers. Ink signature of Warwick Deeping to the front free endpaper. The original, unclipped dust wrapper is in smart condition. Shelf wear and chipping to the edges. Closed tears to the upper rear panel. Small amount of loss to the upper spine. Spine is darkened. Age-toning and handling marks to the panels. Internally, binding starting but still firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean with some light age-toning and the occasional small handling mark.
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