Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, 1939. Special Authorized Edition. Epic novel set in China between 1900 and 1938, beginning with the Boxer Uprising, and covering the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, the Warlord Era (1916-1928), the rise of communism, and the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (and subsequently World War II). First published the same year in the United States, four years after Yutang left China, in 1935. In preparation for writing a work of fiction set in China but written in the English language, Yutang prepared himself by translating into English passages from the 18th-century Chinese literary masterpiece Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber. Thick octavo (21.5cm.); original cloth in red printed dust jacket; ,815pp. Jacket a touch worn at spine crown, spine a shade faded; inoffensive bubbling to rear cover cloth, some dust-soiling to extremties, else A Very Good or better copy. Contemporary ownership rubberstamp to front pastedown. "Special Authorized China Edition" - upper jacket panel.