First edition. The book is firmly bound in the publisher’s red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black, the corners and spine ends are slightly bumped and rubbed with minor marks. The text block is slightly foxed, toned and dusty with a neatly written inscription to the front endpaper and a small bookseller’s label to the front pastedown. An uncommon novel of love, death, the gods and opium addiction set in China. Quite a rarity.