The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon - Signed & Inscribed - Au-Young Sum Nung 1938 - March & Greenwood, New York - Number 73 of 350 numbered copies Inscribed ‘With the best wishes of the author’ and signed in both English and Chinese.

A rare copy of Au-Young’s poem, with an introductory note. The front title page illustrated in silver, the remaining leaves lettered in red, all housed in yellow-gold silk covers bound in the traditional Chinese stitched accordion style.

Au-Young (1893-1942) was a Chinese diplomat, poet, and philosopher, educated in China, and then George Washington University and Columbia. After graduating he moved to Shanghai to practice law and then enter the diplomatic service, after which he emigrated to the U. S. founding the School of Chinese Philosophy and Cultural Studies in New York City.

In 1918 George Washington University’s magazine
Cherry Tree wrote that ‘Sum Nung Au-Young is one of our illustrious students from the Far East who has absorbed all the knowledge in the Political Science Courses and is going back to China to run the country.’

The book is dedicated to Ruth St. Denis ‘
Symbol of Rhythm and Grace’, famous American dancer and choreographer, who followed various Oriental doctrines and founded the ‘Society of Spiritual Arts’. In 1934 she began an affair with the young Au-Young who taught her the rudiments of Taoism.
  Reference: John Bramble, Modernism and the Occult, 104. Shawn McHale, GW Magazine, Fall 2007. Wenzel & Binkowski, New Jersey's Remarkable Women, 113.

Octavo (book size 19.2x13.5cm), pp. 46 pages. Bound in Chinese accordion style, block sewn, gold-yellow silk covered limp paper boards (one other copy noted in variant red silk), front panel with two Chinese characters printed in red. Four marks to front and rear endpapers from glue, which are found in all copies we have noted.
  Condition: Near fine, four small marks from former tape to front and rear endpapers, as found in all noted copies, and a little marking to the silk covers, else fine.   Ref: 109469   Price: HK$ 3,000