New York. Fleming H. Revell Company. [1912.]. 1st Edition. Stock ID #165937
Black & white photographic portrait frontispiece with tissue guard and 15 further illustrations throughout the text. 271pp. Red cloth covered boards ruled and lettered in black. An exceptionally crisp and clean copy. 20 x 13.5cm. In 1909, American missionary Margaret Burton traveled to China, where she met and befriended many professional women, on returning home, she discovered that many of her fellow Americans had no idea that such educated, accomplished women were to be found in Asia. This work was her attempt to introduce Westerners to a few extraordinary Chinese women, pioneers who defied longstanding cultural traditions such as the forced hobbling of foot-binding and the second-class status of women to blaze new trails of achievement as doctors and missionaries. A fascinating look at women who succeeded against the longest of odds.
'Dr. Hu King Eng was one of the first Chinese to graduate with honors from the Women's Medical College of Philadelphia in 1894, and her portrait features in the frontispiece, "She is now an ardent advocate of natural feet, she tells of her trials as a pioneer of the movement in Fuhkien province. "That I have the distinction of being the first girl who did not have her feet bound, is due to no effort of mine," she says, "for the neighbour women used to say, 'Rather a nice girl, but those feet!' 'Rather a bright girl, but those feet,' and 'Those feet,' 'Those feet' was all I heard, until I was ashamed to be seen." Scarce. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 165937).
Price: $250.00 AU