The Crippled Tree. Han Suyin.
The Crippled Tree
The Crippled Tree
The Crippled Tree
The Crippled Tree
The Crippled Tree
The Crippled Tree

The Crippled Tree

London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First UK Edition. Hardcover. "In 'The Crippled Tree,' Han Suyin evokes, through the life of her two families (Eastern and Western), a panorama of the history of China from 1885 to 1928. It contains eye-witness accounts of the Sino-French War, of the revolution of 1911 and of the emergence of Chiang Kai-Shek. / ... / The theme of the book is the story of the Chinese family of Han Suyin, a family deeply feudal, rooted in a far inland province of China adjacent to Tibet; yet, because of the western invasion of China, brought face to face with compelling change." (from Front Flap). Described by the above-quoted flap copy as "...more compelling than history and more profound than biography," 'The Crippled Tree' is part of Suyin's trademark series of 'autobiographical biographies,' works in which she situates her own life-&-times in the context of larger historical currents & geopolitical shifts. The following excerpt--abridged from the text--is an appetizing sample of Suyin’s clear-eyed prose: "The pen caught the residue in the ink well, streaked a hair across the sloping handwriting, defacing the last word. / ... / Round her the dirty plaster of the walls, the mat ceiling which dropped blobs of dry earth when the rats frolicked above it at night, the earthen floor with its rotting carpet laid in front of the sagging iron bed, the cot with the wailing child, gave back a heavy somnolent indifference, the enormous indifference of the enormous, strange land around her, an indifference more suffocating than any enmity, more void than any vacuum, making of the whole populous land a desert where she turned on herself, imprisoned among crowds, imprisoned in indifference, in dirt, in squalor, an enormous rat cage without beginning or end..." (Abridged Quote from Pg. 11). Hardcover in clipped dust-jacket; the First UK Edition, First Printing, with no reference to further printings. From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. We found & have retained, between blank front endpaper & half-title page, a postcard to George from one "Rick" of Massachusetts-based booksellers, "Sumner & Stillman." The inscription on postcard (see photo) contains a note essentially gifting "...two Han Suyin first editions (U.K.)..." -- one of which is presently offered here -- to Buehler, ostensibly in gratitude/recognition of George's sumptuous & longstanding patronage. Book in very fine condition with only minute shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, rear boards & spine--in remarkably well-preserved condition, among the cleanest copies we've yet seen. Unrestored dust-jacket also in very fine condition, with only slight stress to protective dust-jacket covering & mild-to-moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges; a few tiny exhibits of shelf-wear induced chipping at/near same; aforementioned price-clips at corners of front & rear flaps. Fine / Fine. [Item #4863]

Price: $30.00