This is a good set of two hardcovers, NO SLIPCASE, slipcase missing. 1970 Kelly & Walsh, Hong Kong. Both hardcovers are very good inside and out. The pages are very clean, no marks seen. The bindings are tight and straight. Red/black cloth hardcover boards are very good with only a hint of shelf wear. Royal octavo size or 6" x 9" each with 622 and 638 pages respectively. Illustrated maps inside front and back endpapers of both. At the end of Volume Two there are two blank pages that have minor crease to top corners of pages, and Volume One has minor crease bottom corner to first 2-3 pages. No other dog ears, creasing seen.
Charles H. Brewitt-Taylor first translated the novel in 1925 and it was considered to be a complete and faithful translation in two volumes. This reprint of his work was published in 1970 as such, and as listed in reference found to be unabridged, so assumed unabridged edition. The story is part fictional part historical and tells the story of waring factions of China's Han dynasty. During the Han dynasty China broke into 3 kingdoms and the novel recounts the topics of war, power, and politics. It became one of the most famous historical novels of China. This 14th century novel inspired future literature and is one of the most read historical novels although it is extremely complex in characters and stories.
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