Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China

CHANG, Jung. Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China.

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CHANG, Jung. Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China. [London], Harper Collins, [c. 1992 or 1993].

8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. 524, [2], double-page sketch map, head and tail-pieces; a very good copy of an early printing of this classic, the author's first book and a world-wide success.
Presentation copy, inscribed and signed (in English and Chinese) and with the author's red chop with archaic Chinese characters on title page, dated June 1993. 'Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She was a red guard briefly at the age of fourteen and then worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot doctor’, a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a PhD in linguistics in 1982 – the first person from the People’s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She is the author of the best-selling Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, and, along with her husband Jon Halliday, of the biography, Mao: The Unknown Story. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies, in addition to millions in pirated editions and computer downloads in mainland China where both books are banned. Among the many awards she has won are the UK Writers’ Guild Best Non-Fiction (1992) and Book of the Year UK (1993)' (HarperCollins, online). - The very rare first printing has the full number line of impressions on the title verso. The many later printruns simply dropped this line in its entirity. The true first edition of 1991 seems to have both title and author's name each as one line on the spine of the wrappers. Copies signed by the author in both languages and with her seal have rarely been encountered.

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