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Chin P'ing Mei , the Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives

By Waley (intro), Xiaoxiaosheng

UK: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1952. Chin P'ing Mei: the adventurous history of Hsi Men and his six wives with an intro by Arthur WALEY is 852pp (with a catalogue at the back & is over 500g to post. Bernard Miall the translator. The anonymous author took the pseudonym Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng, earliest copies circulating in 1596 - The graphically explicit depiction of sexuality garnered the novel a notoriety in China akin to Fanny Hill and Lolita in English literature - The identity of the author has not yet been established, but the coherence of the style and the subtle symmetry of the narrative point to a single author. The British orientalist Arthur Waley, writing before recent research, in his Introduction to the 1942 translation suggested that the strongest candidate as author was Xu Wei, a renowned painter and member of the "realistic" Gong'an school of letters, urging that a comparison could be made of the poems in the Jin Ping Mei to the poetic production of Xu Wei, but left this task to future scholars. . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 22.5cm.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Written in Both English and French)

By Carroll Lewis

Pocket Book Publications, 1992. Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland written in both English and French. Card Cover. Good. 18 Cm.


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Penguin Classics, London, 1977. "La Bete Humaine illuminates Zola's skill as a compelling storyteller and in it he creates unforgettable scenes, rich in detail and atmosphere, painted with an artist's eye for light, shade and colour.". First Thus. Pictorial Card Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



By Dumas Alexandre

Collins Clear Type Press, London Inscription dated 1937 Cover good, tiny creases to top and base of spine and slight tilt to spine. Inside small dated inscription. Clean pages with sepia plates.. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by Vernon Ward. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.



By Perkins Kenneth

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1940. Navy cloth boards, slight tilt to spine, foxing on about 30 pages, stamp of previous owner, other small faults. A ready copy of this hard to find title.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.