The Scholars by Ching-Tzu Wu First Edition . Illustrated . HC/DJ
The Scholars by Ching-Tzu Wu
First English Language Edition
Hardcover with Dust-Jacket. Condition is very good, with no writing or highlighting in the text. Binding is tight and original braided ribbon book mark is still attached. Dust jacket cover is rich and colourful with slight darkening on the spine (pictured).
Foreign Language Press, Peking (Beijing), 1957.
Subtitled: The Unofficial History of the World of the Literati, this classic novel, written in the Chinese vernacular and published around 1750, is Wu Ching-Tzu's account of many friends (and enemies), academics all, who struggle to cope with the burdens of a Confucian society and the difficulties of the Civil Service Exam. It's book that appeals in every era. Under Mao, the work was taught to mainland students, not for the comedy, but to educate on the failings of "the Old Way." Follow this author as he charts through faculty, of good morals and bad, with noble objectives and venal ones, on a Ming Dynasty romp you'll find impossible to put down.