Theatre Chinois, Le

The Chinese Drama from the Earliest Times until 1935

ARLINGTON, L[ewis] C[harles]. Le Theatre Chinois: Depuis les origines jusqu’a nos jours…Peking: Henri Vetch, 1935.

First edition in French. One of 300 copies of a total edition of 320 on papier Croxley De Luxe (this being copy No. 141). Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches; 287 x 220 mm.). xxi, 184, [26, bibliography, plate list, index]pp. With 196 color illustrations on 115 full-page plates with captions in French and English, black and white head-pieces.

Newer buckram with brown morocco gilt spine label. Original wrappers with onlaid color illustration preserved. Mild soiling, Occasional mild corner creases. A near fine copy.

A beautifully illustrated, panoramic study of the art of the theater in China, tracing its origin and describing its actors (in both male and female roles), their costumes and make-up, superstitions and stage slang, the accompanying music and musical instruments, concluding with synopses of thirty Chinese plays. Translated by G. Uhlman from the Shanghai: Kelley & Walsh (who have printed the edition under notice)1930 original in English. Item #00086

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