Peking and San Francisco: The French Bookstore and John J. Newbegin, (1931). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Pp. iv, . Contains fifty poems, with the Chinese on one page, the English translation on the facing page. Illustrated endpapers with the title in Chinese characters, written for Hart by Puyi ("H. M. Hsuan Tung"), the last Emperor of China, along with his seals. Half-bound in white linen over blue papered boards, lettering stamped in blue on spine. Spine a bit darkened, with wear to the covers, notably to edges, as usual. Cup ring on front cover. Inscribed on the half-title in Hart's usual green ink. Very Good. Item #1871
Eminent sinologist and British diplomat E. T. C. Werner ("Myths and Legends of China") provides a two-page foreword in which he lauds Hart as "a poet's poet," one who "is not a mere translator, he is a poet whom poets would delight to honour and welcome as one of themselves." Hart's inscription, written in English and Chinese, reads "May peace and tranquillity reside in your house. [signed] Henry H. Hart"