Imperial Woman

BUCK, Pearl S. Imperial Woman.

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BUCK, Pearl S. Imperial Woman. London, Methuen, [1956].

8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrapper; pp. 432, [1], apart from light fading to spine and toning to endpapers, a very good copy.
First edition of Pearl S. Buck's historical novel about one of the most revered and feared Imperial concubines, the Dowager Empress of China, Tzu-hsi (or Cixi), who was the effective ruler of the country from 1861 to 1908, badly interrupted by Western intervention triggered by the Boxer Rebellion. Pearl S. Buck had been awarded the Nobel prize in 1938 'for the notable works which pave the way to a human sympathy passing over widely separated racial boundaries and for the studies of human ideals which are a great and living art of portraiture'.