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    [P'u Sung-Ling]. [Herbert A. Giles, translator and editor]. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. London: Thos. De La Rue & Co., 1880. First edition of this translation of these Chinese supernatural tales. Two octavo volumes. xxxii, [1]-432; [iv], [1]-404 pages. Publisher's full red pebbled cloth, front boards and spines decoratively stamped in gilt, rear boards decoratively stamped in blind. Spines uniformly sunned. Bindings rubbed, somewhat soiled. Corners bumped. Endleaves toned and foxed. Both front pastedowns have previous owner's signatures and bookplates. Edges of text blocks foxed. Near fine. [Together with:] Herbert A. Giles. Historic China and Other Sketches. London: Thos. De La Rue & Co., 1882. First edition. Octavo. viii, [1]-405, [1, blank], [x, ads] pages. Publisher's full green pebbled cloth, front board and spine decoratively stamped in gilt, rear board ruled in blind. Spine a bit toned, binding rubbed and mildly worn, corners bumped. Endleaves toned. Some occasional foxing in text. Near fine.

    These stories are the first major collection of Chinese supernatural stories to appear in the West. P'u Sung-Ling (1640-1715) collected and edited nearly 500 supernatural stories throughout his lifetime, and, although he was too poor to publish them in his lifetime, manuscript copies were circulated, and these were later published posthumously. Giles (1845-1935) was a British diplomat stationed in China and became interested in these tales. And, although some of his translations were a bit dry, they accurately reflected the nature of the original tales without Anglicizing them.

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