The Lacquer Lady - Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse 1930 - The MacMillan Company, New York - First Edition ‘Fanny, white, draggled, and almost speechless, arrived to find a Mission House already frantic with alarm. No reliable news had escaped the Palace, but everyone in the kalā town knew that murder and perhaps wholesale massacre was abroad’

A lovely copy in an uncommonly bright dust jacket, the novel was inspired by the author’s trip to Burma, and based on the true story of King Thibaw’s downfall in 1870. Seen through the eyes of naive, yet destructive, Fanny Patterson, we witness the decay of an empire, as the king brings a crucial ultimatum to the British army, resulting in the occupation of Mandalay a fortnight later, with devastating consequences for all of Burma.
  Frniwyd Tennyson Jesse (1888-1958): ‘Novelist, criminologist, and reporter, F. Tennyson Jesse was born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, to the Reverend Eustace d’Eyncourt Jesse and Edith Louisa James Jesse. Although she was the grandniece of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, Jesse’s childhood was poverty stricken due to her father’s financial failures... she later moved to London where she worked as a journalist, book reviewer, and short story writer’.

References: Karbiener,
Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present. 264.

Octavo (20.5 x 14.5 c.m.) pp. 441 [1]. In publisher’s orange cloth, spine and front board lettered in black, top edge of text block tinted orange, fore-edge uncut, dust jacket priced $2.50 to front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to corners and spine ends, minor staining to front board, in near fine dust jacket, with corresponding light wear to corners and edges, and crease vertical along spine.   Ref: 108724   Price: HK$ 4,000