HEDIN, Sven. Jehol City of Emperors ... Translated from the Swedish by E.G. Nash. London, Kegan, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., 1932.
8vo. Original ochre cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, original illustrated dust-wrapper, not price-clipped; pp. xiv, [2 (blank, map of Jehol by Georg Söderbom)], 278, [2 (blank l.)]; half-tone photographic frontispiece and 30 half-tone photographic plates after Gösta Montell, and 3 line-block plates; apart from traces of removed bookplate inside front cover, a very attractive copy in the wrappers.
First English edition. As Hedin states in his preface, 'This book would never have been written had not my countryman Mr. Vincent Bendix of Chicago expressed a wish to have a Lama temple - either an original or a replica - erected in Stockholm, and another in Chicago, providing me most generously with the funds necessary for such an enterprise. Jehol, the summer residence of the great Manchu Emperors, seemed pre-eminently the place for the study of such Lama temples. To pull down and remove one of these pearls of Chinese architecture would have been a piece of vandalism unworthy of westerners, and indeed the Chinese authorities would not have allowed such an act of sacrilege; so we decided to begin by making a replica of the stately Golden Pavilion in Potala [...] for Chicago, while work on the second replica for stockholm could wait a while [...] I have called this book -- written in such free time as I had in Peking during the summer of 1930 -- Jehol, City of Emperors. In reality that title is misleading and not descriptive of the text, for, to tell the truth the reader will search in vain for any description of that city of monastery-temples which forms a fairy-like curve of sanctuaries north and east of the walled park of the Summer Palace. I might have called it, with as much accuracy -- perhaps more -- Ch'ien lung, The Son of Heaven, for the great Manchu Emperor who built the majority of the temples and pavilions in Jehol is the chief character in the book and plays the main rôle in nine of the thirteen chapters' (pp. xif.).