Nan tian hen [Traces of Heaven in the South]. Xue LING.
Nan tian hen [Traces of Heaven in the South].

A History of the Southern Ming

Nan tian hen [Traces of Heaven in the South].

Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers removed, orig. stitching. [China]: Fu ku she, from back of title & from colophon: “1910.”

First edition of this controversial history of the southern Ming governments, a group of scattered rump states, which, following the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1644, continued until 1661, all resisting the Qing. Ling has provided biographies of the men who were enthroned as emperors and pretenders as well as the leading players in the politics of the time.

The publication of this book was frowned upon by the Qing government due to its discussion of the notorious Yangzhou massacre and subsequent atrocities. The appearance of Nan tian hen was delayed by nearly 40 years from the time of its composition, and it was published only as the Qing dynasty was collapsing. The title labels on the upper covers have all been carefully removed (though traces remain) to ease commercial release.

Fine set, preserved in a Western slipcase.

Price: $1,650.00

Item ID: 7500

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