Sexual Life in Ancient China: A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from Ca. 1500 B.C. Till 1644 A.D. with a New Introduction and Bibliography by Paul R. Goldin :: R. H. (Robert Hans) van Gulik

Sexual Life in Ancient China: A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from Ca. 1500 B.C. Till 1644 A.D. with a New Introduction and Bibliography by Paul R. Goldin :: R. H. (Robert Hans) van Gulik soon to be presented for sale on the excellent BookLovers of Bath web site!

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; List of abbreviations; Colour frontispiece;

From the cover: The history of the present work the first comprehensive survey of sex and society in ancient China goes back to 1949, when the author happened to purchase a set of old Chinese printing blocks, belonging to an illustrated erotic album of the Ming period, entitled Hua-ying-chin-chen,Variegated Battle-arrays of the Flowery Camp. These albums, published by a small circle of literati and artists in and around Nanking in a restricted number of copies, were already scarce at the time of their appearance (1570-1650 A.D.). At present they are of the greatest rarity because most of them fell victim to the strict censorship of the Ching dynasty; not more than a dozen or so survive in private collections in China and Japan. Since these illustrated albums are mines of information on Chinese sexual habits, at the same time constituting the only-example of superior Chinese drawings of nudes, the author thought it his duty to make the Hua-ying-chin-chen available to other research-workers by having a few copies struck off, and publishing these in a limited edition, with a brief preface on Chinese sexual habits, the background of erotic art.

When trying to orientate himself on this particular subject, however, he found that there was practically no serious literature available, either in standard Chinese sources or old and modern Western books on China. Thus…

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, slightly loose. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 392 pages. Index. 10¾” x 7¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my History China catalogue?

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