China: n.p., n.d., ca. 1900. Hardcover. Near fine. Item #22170
8vo. 22 unnumbered pages using verso only. Accordion book bound in Asian style. Wooden boards, the upper board carved with the character for Good Luck. Top and bottom edges gilt.
This is followed by 11 sets of two pages, the right hand page with the story of a particular lady in Chinese and English, and the left hand with a painting on silk illustrating the story and bordered in brocade. The silk paintings are bright and unfaded, showing vibrant pigmentation, and artistically executed with lovely shading effect, Includes the story of Mu Lan, basis for the Disney film.
The typesetting and spelling of the English translation are poorly accomplished, the word 'Cbinese' in the title being perhaps the most glaring example. Misspellings, misuses of quotation marks and unusual word separations lead us to believe this is the first issue of a title preprinted into the 1930's.
A fine example.