Twilight In The Forbidden City - Reginald F. Johnston 1934 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition Finely bound, and profusely illustrated with mostly black and white photographs, as well as maps of the Forbidden City, facsimiles of court documents, and a two page ‘Pedigree of the Manchu Emperors’ chart.

As the British-born Tutor to the Dragon Emperor, Johnston was, alongside the Empress's American tutor Isabel Ingram, the only foreigner in history to be allowed inside the inner court of the Qing Dynasty. Johnston carried high imperial titles and lived in both the Forbidden City and the New Summer Palace. Twilight in the Forbidden City reflects his eyewitness accounts of the memorable events of the time. He provides an first hand account of daily life in the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace,and gives many detailed descriptions of ceremonies including Pu-yi's wedding.

Johnston provides a good deal of anecdotal material for the last days of the Ch’ing Dynasty court before the 1911 Revolution He knew many of the active players in those events, and of historical significance are his observations on the Ch'ing court's political structure, and in particular the Nei Wu Fu or Imperial Household Department.
  Sir Reginald Fleming Johnston, KCMG, CBE, (1874–1938) was a Scottish academic, diplomat and tutor to Puyi, the last emperor of China, and later appointed as commissioner of British-held Weihaiwei.

Used as a source for Bernardo Bertolucci's film dramatisation of Puyi's life
The Last Emperor, in which Johnston is played by Peter O’Toole.

Octavo (binding size 23.6x16cm). pp. [6] 486 [2]. Collated 3/2019 - Total 45 plates, including ones opposite pages 10 and 454 not in the list of illustrations.
  Finely bound in recent blue three quarter morocco over matching cloth, spine with raised bands and red morocco title label lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.   Condition: Near fine, light scattered foxing, heavier to first and last few pages, in fine binding   Ref: 109718   Price: HK$ 4,000