CANTLIE, James, and C. Sheridan JONES. Sun Yat Sen and the Awakening of China. London, Jarrolds and Sons, .
8vo. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind; pp. xii, 294, ; extremities with very light wear, slight slant to book block, a little offsetting to beginning and end from endpapers; otherwise very good.
Uncommon first edition of one of the first books in the English language about the leader of the 1911 revolution and the radical changes taking place all over the vast country. Sun Yat Sen is considered the father of modern China, both in Taiwan and the Peoples' Rebublic. Jmaes Cantlie was a physician and medical administrator, with an interst in social issues. 'In 1896, after nine exhausting years in Hong Kong, Cantlie returned to London to take the chair of applied anatomy at the Charing Cross Hospital. Soon afterwards he was informed that Sun Yatsen had been kidnapped and imprisoned at the Chinese legation in London and that he was to be sent to China to face trial (and almost certain execution) for sedition. Cantlie immediately organized a watch on the legation, which ultimately involved the Metropolitan Police. At the same time, news of the kidnap reached the press, which mounted a successful campaign for the release of Sun Yatsen. Sun remained a friend of the Cantlies until his death in 1925' (ODNB).