New York: E.P. Dutton, 1973. First edition, published simultaneously in Great Britain by Sphere Books, London. Hardcover. Clean, tight 4to, 192pp. The book is in extremely nice shape except for a small bump at the top of the spine. The dust jacket is poor with a closed, repaired tear about 5" long and a small v-shaped tear on the top edge with several chips along the edge, it is price clipped. The back of the jacket also has a large open tear and some scratches. Very Good + / poor, see photos. Item #18540
Copiously photographed, the book reveals the beauty and quality of the first important Han Dynasty in China. The 2000 year-old tomb was discovered in 1986. The body of Prince Liu Sheng and his consort, Tou Wan, were encased in unique jade suits, and there were bronze vessles, silver, gold, and lacquer ornaments, decorated pottery, silks, and the reknowned Poshan incense burner. The author uses the lives of the Jade Princes as the focus for a fascinating account of China in the age of the first great ruling dynasties, the trimph of Confucianism, the Great Wall, and the flowering of the arts.