Glue and Lacquer
Glue and Lacquer

GILL, Eric. Glue and Lacquer.

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GILL, Eric. Glue and Lacquer. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1941.

4to. Quarter blue morocco over yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper board tooled in gilt; top edge gilt, others untrimmed; pp. [viii], 9-139, [3]; with a frontispiece and copper engraved plates after Gill illustrations throughout; some discolouration to spine; light rubbing to head and foot of spine; minimal marks to boards; a little spotting throughout, with slight discolouration to margins of endpapers; a very good copy.
~b~This edition is limited to 350 copies, with the 'Ordinaries' (Nos. 31-550) bound in quarter moroco and printed on mould-made paper, this being no. 182. Translated by Harold Acton and Yi-Hsieh, this volume presents a collection of four Chinese cautionary tales, offering readers a glimpse into traditional Chinese storytelling and moral lessons. Harold Acton provides context behind the title of this volume; '"Ju Chiao Ssu Ch'I," meaning "like glue and resembling lacquer" is a common Chinese metaphor for the closest of human intimacies.' The four stories translated in this volume are taken from a collection called Hsing Shih Heng Yen,~i~ published in 1627 by Feng Meng-lung.