The Cambridge History of China: Volume 1 The Ch’in and Han Empires 221 B.C.-A.D. 220, Twitchett, Denis and Fairbank, John K. (Editors). Published by Cambridge University Press, 1986. 8vo up to 9½” tall., 981pp. with illustrations, maps, tables, bibliography, index, glossary of official titles and instructional names. Heavy cloth boards with gilt titles in gilt on red spine label. Contents are in fine, unread condition with light soiling to outer top edge; jacket is in fine condition.
This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch’in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Spanning four centuries, this period witnessed major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China’s development, being particularly notable for the emergence and growth of a centralized administration and imperial government.