First Edition. Northern Peking set novel, a "chronicle of three generations of Chinese life - of Elders born under the Imperial rule and following customs and traditions established for centuries, and of their grandsons born to revolution and democracy, who saw the civilization of their forefathers, grown brittle with age, shattered by the hands of impetuous youth". Author's first novel. Very scarce. Near Fine in almost Very Good dustjacket, about an inch of loss at top spine end, some closed tears and wear, some splitting at rear flap edge.