The Chinese Drama - From the Earliest Times until Today. A Panoramic Study of the Art in China, tracing its Origin and describing its Actors (in both Male and Female roles): their Costumes and Make-up, Superstitions and Stage Slang: the accompanying Music and Musical Instruments: concluding with Synopses of Thirty Chinese Plays - Lewis Charles Arlington, H. A. Giles, Mei Lan-fang 1966 - Benjamin Blom, New York - Third Printing ‘A Panoramic Study of the Art in China, tracing its Origin and describing its Actors (in both Male and Female roles): their Costumes and Make-up, Superstitions and Stage Slang: the accompanying Music and Musical Instruments: concluding with Synopses of Thirty Chinese Plays.’

First published in 1930, this reproduction contains all 115 original plates and black and white illustrations, and is also rather difficult to obtain.
  Lewis Charles Arlington (born 1859 in California) went to China in the latter part of 1879, and from 1880 to 1881, Arlington was one of the three foreign instructors at Li Hung-chang's naval academy at Tientsin. He lived through the Boxer Rebellion and was in the Chinese Navy [1884-5] fighting against the French in 1884. Arlington served as a high official in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service [1886-1905] and later in the Chinese Postal Service [1906-29] retiring as Commissioner. Initially interned by the Japanese in Hong Kong in 1941, he was later transferred to Shanghai and released on age and health grounds, he died in 1943.

pp. [2] xxxi [1] 171 [1] [2] xxxv-xli [1]. Publisher’s quarter black cloth over purple cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front panel, vignette in blind to front panel, patterned endpapers. Dust jacket priced ‘$32.50 £12 net’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, with light rubbing to edges, and some soiling to rear panel.   Ref: 108904   Price: HK$ 3,000