The Last Great Empress of China - Charlotte HaldaneConstable, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dustwrapper. Edges of the dustwrapper frayed, creases and short closed tears to the corners and spine ends. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Previous owner’s inscription to the first blank. Blanks and pastedowns tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Portraiture frontispiece. From the cover: “From 1861-1908 Tzu His, the Empress Dowager, was the undisputed ruler of China. She spent nearly all her life in the magnificent but impenetrable seclusion of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, which she entered in 1853 as a minor concubine of the Hsien Feng Emperor. Her enemies claimed that she was more vicious and depraved than Messalina; crueller than Lucrezia Borgia; more despotic than Catherine the Great. Her British and American admirers have placed her above Elizabeth I of England as the greatest stateswoman the world has ever known.”