The Chinese Drama - From the Earliest Times until To-Day. 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 1930 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First edition, number 152 of 750 copies signed by the author ‘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.’

A rare and signed copy of this authoritative work, retaining the beautiful pictorial boards and end-papers, illustrated with 115 full page colour plates ‘reproduced through the medium of stone lithography’, as well as black and white engravings. Signed by Arlington to the front blank endpaper.
  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.

Quarto (29 x 23.5 cm). pp. xxxi [1] 171 [1] [2] xxxv-xli [1 (limitation page)] [2]. In publishers quarter green cloth spine, lettered in gilt, pictorial paper covered boards highlighted in gilt, matching endpapers, top edge of block tinted green.
  Condition: Fine in near fine binding sunning to spine, a little frayed to outer cloth hinges, light wear to edges, spot affecting top stain of block.   Ref: 108903   Price: HK$ 10,000