New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1901.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 480 pp, with 12 photographic plates. Original green cloth stamped in gilt. Lightly dust soiling, ownership stamps on front endpapers, else unmarked and sound. William Alexander Parsons Martin was an American Presbyterian missionary to China, as well as a noted translator of western texts into Chinese. He describes this book as a discussion of Chinese intellectual life based on "many years of intimate association with Chinese scholars, and of identification with Chinese education." Among the topics he addresses are Chinese science, alchemy, literature, philosophy, science, law, and diplomacy.