Sexual Life in Ancient China

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Author: R. H. Van Gulik
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Hard Cover

1996 First Edition in English. Originally published in the Netherlands in 1961.

Publisher - Barnes & Noble, NY.
Cover is quarter bound in yellow cloth and paper covered boards. Base of spine and bottom corners are bumped, otherwise good condition.
Dust Jacket is present. Some shelf wear.
End Papers are intact, white.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: Sixteenth century gentleman with his ladies, section of a Ming scroll. Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Plates; Preface.
Main Text Body - 392 Pages.
Fine and clean.   

End Matters – Appendices; Index of Chinese terms, names and booktitles; Japanese Index; General Index.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage.  Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.

 The author bases this study on an insightful examination of ancient Chinese texts and schools of thought. Included are discussions of ideas that express sexual union as a replica of the forces of nature - the most ancient symbolism - and of the I-Ching, which stresses that sexual union is a manifestation of the cosmic forces yin and yang and which influenced nearly all later chinese handbooks on sex.

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