Son of Heaven - Princess Der Ling 1935 - D. Appleton-Century Company, New York - First Edition The story of the colourful, dramatic, and tragic life of Kwang Hsu, taken from his parents at the age of four to be placed as Emperor on a puppet throne, handsome, attractive, diligent as he grew into a realisation of his potential power, loving no one save the concubine Pearl, dying at the age of 37 at the hand of his aunt, the relentless Empress Dowager Cixi, a day before her own death. Princess Der Ling herself had served as first lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi.

‘Princess’ Der Ling - daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptised Catholic blessed by the hand of Pope Leo XIII, a woman who donned chic Western fashions in China and her ceremonial court robes in the United States, and wife of an American soldier of fortune... Der Ling was a fascinating human battleground of warring identities, a victim of the hallucinogenic effects of too much publicity, much of it prompted by Der Ling herself, and a figure whose life provides a glimpse into one woman’s experience of living not just between two cultures—that of China and the West—but among many worlds: social, religious, moral, political. -
Grant Hayter-Menzies author of Imperial Masquerade, the Legend of Princess Der Ling.
  "Princess" Der Ling [1885-1944] the daughter of Yu Keng a member of the Manchu Plain White Banner Corps and according to his daughter was a Lord. This is of some doubt. After serving as Chinese minister to Japan he was appointed minister to the French Third Republic for four years in 1899. He was known for his progressive, reformist views, as well as for his unvarying support of the Empress Dowager Cixi. In 1905, Yukeng died in Shanghai.

Yu Keng's daughters Der Ling and Rong Ling [1882-1973, the future Madame Dan Paochao of Beijing] therefore got a western education, having studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan. Upon return from France, Der Ling became the First lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi, as well as a translator. She stayed at court until March 1905. In 1907, Der Ling married Thaddeus C. White, an American. Der Ling had a brother, Xunling (ca. 1880–1943), who studied photography in France and later took the only photographs of Empress Dowager Cixi still in existence[1].

Using the title of princess, which would create controversy for her in both China and the United States in future, Der Ling wrote down her unique experience in court in her memoirs
Two Years in the Forbidden City, and wrote about the experience through her next seven books.

Octavo (22.5 x 15.5 cm). pp. xi [1] 248. In publisher’s blue cloth, front board lettered and illustrated in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, with beige endpapers. Dust jacket priced $3.00 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to upper edge of block, in very good dust jacket, with small wear to corners, and some wrinkling to rear panel.   Ref: 108811   Price: HK$ 2,000