Beijing and Bloomington, IN: Foreign Language Press, Beijing & Indiana University Press, 1981. Woodcuts. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Cloth. Two thick 8vos (8 1/2" x 5 3/4" x 4" combined width), off-white textured cloth with brown labels & gold lettering, illustrated with several full-page B&W plates from the Ming Dynasty edition of Outlaws, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with woodcuts from Ming edition of Outlaws with bright green borders, light brown endpapers, [xiv] + 772pp. / [xiv] + 773-1605 pages. Heavy set: 4 lbs. 13 oz. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5911
Chinese classic edited in the 14th century from 12th century events during the Song dynasty.
In one hundred illustrated chapters, we learn how many men and women were forced by the harsh officials to flee into remote locations. There, they banded together and managed to defeat efforts made by troops to destroy them. This epic series of individual tales deals with adventures, intrigues, murders, warfare, and romance.
VERY GOOD CONDITION overall: tight, bright copies. Precious owner's bookplates on front pastedowns of both volumes with signature on upper right corner of "Translator's Note" of Vol. I; plus neat cursive rather scholarly ink notes on rear endpapers of both volumes.