YI-FANG WU and Frank W. PRICE [editors and contributors]. China rediscovers Her West. A Symposium. London, Allen & Unwin, .
Small 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in white; original printed wrappers; map endpapers; pp. xiii, 210; vignettes in the text; wrappers a bit smudged and damaged; otherwise near fine.
First UK edition after the similarly rare first edition, published by the Friendship Press in New York in 1940. The wrappers boldly announce that Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the Kuomintang leader's wife is one of the contributors and she opens the volume by writing on the Spirit of New China. Other articles, analyzing the situation and prospects of Kuomintang China under pressure from both Japan in the East, the Soviet in the West and civil war, paint a determined picture of China's future. The struggling regime was forced to concentrate on what was under control. 'If China may be said only now to be rediscovering her own West, then for most readers this book will bring an entirely new discovery of an unknown land and of vast human changes having an unimagined significance' (Publisher's Note). One of the driving forces behind the symposium, on which the volume is based, was Wu Yi-Fang (1893–1985), one of the first women in China to hold a university degree and the first female university president in China. She was one of only four women to sign the UN charter in 1945.