[Shanghai]: [Graphic Art Book Co.], 1947. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Cyrus Peake, his advisor acknowledged in the Author's Preface. 4to. 206 pp. Genealogy with fold-out chart with family member names in Chinese; Bibliography. Yellow cloth with black lettering in English & Chinese on front cover; 4 pg. errata slip laid in. A small label is affixed inside rear board of the case stating "This book was placed in the library for a particular reason appropriate to this institution. Let no future librarian throw it out as a duplicate until he has ascertained why it was entrusted to this library." There are no other library stamps in the book. Near fine. Item #18307
The author's thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University. Wang Mang (c. 45 BC-23 AD), was a Han Dynasty official and consort kin who seized the throne from the Liu family and founded the Xin (or Hsin, meaning "renewed") Dynasty ruling 9-23 AD. Some historians have traditionally viewed Wang as a usurper, while others have portrayed him as a visionary and selfless social reformer. Though a learned Confucian scholar who sought to implement the harmonious society he saw in the classics, his efforts ended in chaos. - wiki. In the Preface, the author states that his thesis confines itself to the political aspects of Wang Mang's displacement of the Han dynasty and substitution of his reform government under the name of the Hsin dynasty.