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Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck - First Edition - 1956 - from Cova Rare Books (SKU: 165)

Imperial Woman

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Imperial Woman: A historical novel about the last Empress of China

by Pearl S. Buck

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  • hardcover
  • First
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John Day, New York 1956 . No other dates. VG+/VG- Rare edition in Rare DJ. Collectible copy of hard to find book in early printing. Burnt orange hardcover in VG + condition . Slight bumping to spines. Light shelf wear to edges and corners. Tight, clean copy. A few tiny spots on first fly leaf, otherwise no marks , no book plate, no P O, no stickers, no foxing, no smells. DJ shows wear. Tears at top and bottom of spine as well corners and edges. Statement by Sterling North on the back of DJ, "In Defense of the Novel".

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriquing rulers during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi - Empress of China, in youth a beautiful concubine, in middle life a brilliant strategist, in old age a goddess. Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court but adored by the people. The Empress's rise to power parallels the story of China's transition from the ancient to modern way.


Imperial Woman is a novel by Pearl S. Buck first published in 1956. Imperial Woman is a fictionalized biography of Ci-xi (Tz'u Hsi in Wade-Giles), who was a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908 (before which the novel ends). The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last Empress in China. In the novel Nobel Prize winner Pearl S.


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Cova Rare Books US (US)
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Imperial Woman
Pearl S. Buck
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Jacket condition
Very Good-
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John Day
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
China, concubine, Empress, goddess, ancient china , Nobel Prize Winner
Bookseller catalogs
HIstorical Fiction;

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About Cova Rare Books

We are a mother/daughter team of avid book collectors, excited to share the antique editions and rare titles we find with those who love the tactile sensation of reading as much as we do! Cultural heritage is kept alive through the books we collect, and we list these books for sale in the hope that you connect with those holding deep meaning for you, which you may not find elsewhere.


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