New York: Century, 1905. First Edition. Original cloth. 8vo. 306 pp. 22 black & white plates. Illustrations by the author. Yellow cloth with red lettering and decoration. A very good copy (fading to spine; light wear to extremities; small bookseller label for Paul Elder & Co. in San Francisco inside rear board). Item #18581
Katharine Augusta Carl (1865 – 1938) (sometimes spelled Katherine Carl) was an American portrait painter and author. She made paintings of notable and royal people in the United States, Europe and Asia. She spent nine months in China in 1903 painting a portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi for the St. Louis Exposition. On her return to America, she wrote of her memories as the only western foreigner to live within the precincts of the Chinese imperial court in its last days.