Feng Menglong: DONGZHOU LIEGUO ZHI. (Annals of the Eastern Zhou States). Shanghai, 1890. Various paginations of folded leaves. c. 250 full page b/w lithographic illustrations. 15x11 cm. Stitched, new cloth case.
A Chinese historical epic written by the famous Ming dynasty novelist, Feng Menglong, and critiqued by Cai Yuanfang in the Qing dynasty. The novel relates and depicts the disintegration of China from the latter part of the Zhou dynasty, the Eastern Zhou, into smaller separate states, through the Warring States period to the reunification under the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. The novel is considered to be of historical worth and proved influential on later Chinese fiction. This is a fine Dianshizhai lithographic edition of the work, copiously-illustrated with some 250 full page lithographic illustrations with the usual extraordinary detail that lithography brought to late 19th century book illustration in China. All text in Chinese. Original covers with wear and loss to both covers and title slips. Internally, generally fine, minor foxing here and there. Rare.
Subjects: Illustrated Books Literature
Available, as of: 12/02/2022
Was item 184 in printed List 202.
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