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FARJENEL, Fernand.

Through the Chinese Revolution.

My experiences in the south and north; the evolution of social life; interviews with party leaders; an unconstitutional loan – the coup d'état. Translated from the French by Margaret Vivian.

Published: London: Duckworth and Co., 1915

Stock code: 111718

Price: £300

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First edition in English, first impression of this eyewitness account of the Xinhai Revolution of 1910-12, which resulted in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China. Farjenel, a distinguished sinologist at the College libre des sciences sociales in Paris, describes events in Indo-China, Yunnan, Peking, Shanghai and central China, as well as the 1913 coup d’état of Yuan Shikai, whom he met personally (“a fussy little man”). Farjenel died in 1918. Through the Chinese Revolution was first published in Paris in 1914 as A travers la révolution chinoise.

Octavo. Original blue-grey cloth, titles gilt to spine and front board, Five-Coloured Flag vignette to front board, publisher’s device to rear board in blind. Spine sunned, fore edge spotted. A very good copy.

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