The Rolling Pearl - Signed & Inscribed - Au-Young Sum Nung, Edwin Markham 1930 - March & Greenwood, New York - First and Limited Edition Inscribed ‘With the best wishes of the author’ and signed in both English and Chinese.

A rare collection of Au-Young’s poems, with an introductory note by the American poet Edwin Markham. With a portrait frontispiece and housed in the delicate silver coated dust jacket. One of a limited number printed.

In the delicate silver coated dust jacket.

With a typed letter to Miss N. Margaret Campbell, of the New York advertising agency Alley Richards & Co., about making a sound film in Chinese, dated February 26, 1941 and signed by Au-Young. Also several other loose typed papers.
  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.’

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 22.3x14.5cm), pp. [10] 50 [2]. In publisher’s yellow silk cloth covered boards (also seen in variant red silk cloth), spine and front board lettered in silver, edges untrimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘Five Dollars The Copy’ to upper edge of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, a little sunning to spine and upper edge of silk, in very good dust jacket, wear to corners some short closed tears to edges, patch of loss to upper corner of front panel.   Ref: 109470   Price: HK$ 3,000