London: Edward Goldston, 1928. First English language edition. Hardcover. Folio (13 1/4 x 10 1/4"). XII, 105, pp (Text), 114 leaves (Plates). Ex-library black cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover.
Splendidly illustrated with 114 photogravure plates depicting figures found in tombs dating from the Han to the T'ang periods, this remarkable work brings together much that has been written on Chinese religious beliefs and social traditions as manifested in ancient funerary rites. Moreover, it explains why objects buried with the dead may be regarded as faithful clues to the material culture of the living.
Moderate shelf wear to binding. Soiling to the back cover, with the damp stain affecting the interior back cover as well. Ex-library bookplate (Occidental College Library) on inside of front cover. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper (Dr. W. B. Pettus). Small black ink stain at fore-edge of plates 72-92 (not affecting the actual plates, nor images). Lower corners slightly bumped, thus slightly affecting the lower tip of very few pages throughout. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #41154