Arthur Baker Ltd, 1952, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First Edition
Black coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the spine. Red coloured tint to top text edge. Illustrated dustwrapper, showing a carnival barker and various people, with black coloured titles to the front panel and spine. A satire set in ancient China where Lao-Ti, a naive young man, wanders far from his home and his only teacher is adversity. Minor bumping to be top spine edge and rubbing and bumping to the book corners. Shelfwear to both the top and bottom book edges. Rubbing and fading of the book panels and spine. The gilt has almost worn off the lower spine edge. Browning and foxing to the endpapers and to the first few and last few pages of the book. Original bookseller's sticker to the low-end edge of the front paste down. Previous owners notation to the rear endpaper. The dustwrapper is rubbed and slightly faded. Rubbing to the dustwrapper corners and there is a little chipping to the top dustwrapper edge. The lower 1.5 " of the spine is missing and there is a extended peace missing from the rear panel measuring 1.5 " X 1.5 ". Heavy rubbing to all creases of the dustwrapper. The number " 3556 " has been stamped to the lower dustwrapper rear edge. Clipping of the dustwrapper, front fold over, lower right-hand corner. Foxing of the dustwrapper has been noted to the verso. This is the first UK edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 192 pages. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; China; Humour. Inventory No: 0104233.