HOSIE, Dorothea, Lady. Portrait of a Chinese Lady and certain of her Contemporaries. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1930.
8vo. Publisher's original red cloth, with spine lettered in gilt, front board ornamented in gilt; original yellow dust wrapper illustrated by Charles K. Stevens (not price-clipped); pp. [xiii], 404; 24 black and white photographic plates; with a slight tear to top edge and head of spine, with the spine slightly faded, and light rubbing to extremities; an attractive copy in the rarely seen wrappers.
First US edition. Lady Hosie, born in Ningbo, China, was a Chinese scholar and the second wife of the diplomat Alexander Hosie, who also wrote about his many experiences in China. The present work is a somewhat impressionistic account of some of the individuals Hosie met during her life in China. Prefaced with a Chinese poem translated by W.E. Soothil, Professor of Chinese at Oxford, and father to the author.