London, Leipsic: T. Fisher Unwin, 1912. 1st. Hardcover. Tall 8vo. 282 +  pp publisher's advertisements. Index. 48 photographic plates. Translated from the Dutch By C. Thieme. Blue cloth with gilt lettering; elaborate gilt design of foo dog perched on a platform; TEG. From the library of Payson J. Treat (with his signature), noted American scholar in the field of Far Eastern history. Minor wear to extremities; light foxing to page edges else a near fine copy. Item #15116
Borel was the official Chinese interpreter in the Dutch East-Indies in the late 1800s-early 1900s. "This book is meant more as an artistic than as a scientific work...the chief object of my book is to avail myself of the poet's right to give a chain of personal and subjective impressions and to describe how I felt the tragic death of ancient beauty, overpowered by all this is ugly and vulgar in modern things." - Introduction. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 17th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.