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Boston, New York, 1900-1937. Original covers,very good,clean and solid, 337+333+320+319 pages, vol. 1: 12.8 cm., vols.2-4 uniform size 13.5 x 21 cm., bound as issued, sharp condition as a set of 4 volumes only, vol.4 in dj. FIRST EDITIONS This is a set of the first four works of Ernest Bramah, pseudonym of Ernest Bramah Smith [1868-1942] about China. Bramah created the character Kai Lung. Bramah was a recluse who did not give the public details of his personal life. He died at 74 a successful author, having a knowledge of chemistry, physics, law, philosophy, the classics, literature, the occult and ordnance, and being an expert in a branch of numismatics. Although he wrote some 21 titles, the four below were the earliest ones devoted to China or the orient. THE AUTHOR: Ernest Bramah Smith was fascinated with the orient, and wrote four stunning & fascinating novels on the subject of China and its mysteries, customs, traditions and illusive thought patterns woven into Chinese culture. THE SET OF FOUR FIRST EDITION TITLES: The set consists of his first and very RARE title: 1. THE WALLET OF KAI LUNG, published in Boston, 1900, L.C. Page. Bound in original green pictorial cloth, showing a Japanese woman from the Ukiyo-e genre by error rather than a Chinese woman, this was corrected in later volumes. The top edge is gilt as issued. The condition is quite nice, with the usual minor soiling, and wear to corners, still a solid very good to better condition copy. 2. KAI LUNG'S GOLDEN HOURS. Garden City [1923], Doubleday, bound in the original color pictorial boards over buff cloth spine, with a tiny bit of rubbing to the corners, bright front & rear covers with an excellent paper label on the spine. By and large an excellent copy with minor wear, with Mylar protector. 3. KAI LUNG UNROLLS HIS MAT. Garden City 1928, Doubleday, bound in very clean pictorial color covers front and back, over blue cloth, with a paper spine label. There is minor lower edge wear and some minor wear to the spine label, else the art work is signed on the back cover, all in all sharp and clean copy with bright cover art work. 4. THE RETURN OF KAI LUNG. New York [1937], Sheridan House, bound in the original yellow cloth, exceptionally bright, clean, solid and very sharp copy, in an unclipped dust jacket contained in a Mylar protector. The dust jacket has a bit of corner wear, small closed tears, a tiny piece missing in upper front corners, internally mended, else clean and solid. We tend to be over critical about these things ! By and large this is a lovely set, seldom found in this kind of clean sharp condition. NOTE: During scanning of covers the Mylar dust jacket protector has reflections this is NOT damage to the dust jacket merely some kind of "glare." * * REFERENCE: See Wikipedia: * * * BIBLIOGRAPHY: [Per Wikipedia] Kai Lung books: The Wallet of Kai Lung (1900) Kai Lung's Golden Hours (1922) Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat (1928) The Moon of Much Gladness (1932; published in the USA as The return of Kai Lung) The Kai Lung Omnibus (1936; includes The Wallet of Kai Lung, Kai Lung's Golden Hours, Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat) Kai Lung Beneath the Mulberry Tree (1940) The Celestial Omnibus (1940; selected stories from the earlier books) Kai Lung: Six (1974) Kai Lung Raises His Voice (2010; includes Kai Lung: Six, the story from The Specimen Case and four previously unpublished stories) .
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