"The mission of the lantern is to give light, to show the way": Grace Thompson Seton's Chinese Lanterns; lengthily inscribed by her
Seton, Grace Thompson.$500.00
Item Number: 96116
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1924.
Early printing of Grace Thompson Seton’s work on Chinese lanterns. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated with photographs, many taken by the author. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To S.D. Green with the all good wishes of the author: Grace Thompson Seton. July 20, 1927. ‘Through the Eastern Gates I wandered far where cloud-like beauties I roughed the way’ -Shi-King.” In near fine condition. Rare inscribed by the author.
Grace Thompson Seton journeyed to China in 1923, where she documented the political turmoil following the fall of the Empire and the changing role of women in the midst of the country's emerging modernization. Chinese lanterns examines the role of lanterns in all aspects of Chinese culture. The author states in her introduction to the work: "In all groups and classes and environments, these lanterns of the Orient, fashioned of paper and bamboo, of horn, porcelain, and bronze, of wood and stone, of silk and lacquer; painted, embroidered, carved or bejeweled, form a part of the national expression."