Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai - Robert BickersLondon: Allen Lane, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia throughout the text with extensive notes to the last blank and pastedown, again in pencil.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Shanghai in the wake of World War I was one of the world’s most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities — a panorama of nightclubs, opium dens, gambling and murder. Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops, and governed by an ever more desperate British-dominated administration, Shanghai was both mesmerising and terrible. Into this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex-veteran Englishman to join the police. It is his story, told in part through his rediscovered photograph albums and letters, that Robert Bickers has uncovered in this book.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 410 pages.