All The Emperor's Horses by David Kidd. 1st Edition, HardBack & DustJacket, Published by John Murray, 1961.
David Kidd (1926-1996) was an American born writer, teacher and connoisseur who devoted his life to experiencing the culture of China and Japan. In Kyoto he was the founding director of the Oomoto School of Traditional Japanese Arts.
In 1946, aged 19, Kidd moved to China, where he became an English teacher and married Aimee Yu, the daughter of a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of China. He therefore had a unique position as an American inside China's old establishment when, in 1949, the old order was swept aside by the communist revolution. His inside account of the last days of the ancient regime was published as All the Emperor's Horses in 1960, and revised and reissued as a Crown paperback re-titled Peking Story in 1988.
Condition very good hardback in green with orange lettering on the spine, dust jacket showing some wear but in sound condition.