SHUI HU ZHUAN - All Men are Brothers. Translated from the Chinese by Pearl S. Buck. London: Methuen, .
8vo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; pp. xiii, , 1279; frontispiece and a few illustrations in the text; restored short split at lower hinge, light rubbing to binding, a little offsetting from endpapers; a good copy.
First UK edition (using the same sheets as the US edition), scarce.
This is Pearl S. Buck's translation of one of the four great classical Chinese novels. Attributed to Shi Nai'an (c. 1290-1372), the novel was published with a variety of English-language titles ranging from Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh, Men of the Marshes, to The Marshes of Mount Liang. The plot is based on a historic event, the exploits of the outlaw Song Jiang and his 36 companions. The group was active in the Huainan region and surrendered to the Song government in 1121.