This is a first edition, first printing of Monkey: "a sixteenth-century Chinese noval, strangely compounded of adventure, popular folklore, Buddhist mysticism and pure poetry. It is a Pilgrim's Progress that is religious without being pietic. It is unique in its combination of beauty with absurdity, of profoundity with nonsenense. It has probably been more widely read in the whole Far East than any other novel". It is an abridged translation by Arthur Waley of the sixteenth-century Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng-en of the Ming dynasty. Originally published in 1942 by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. and illustrated by Duncan Grant , it remains one of the most-read English-language versions of the novel.
Condition: Red cloth covered boards show moderate signs of wear to include shelf wear to the head and tail of the spine, corners bumped and turned in on the bottom , very little signs of fading or sun damage. The illustrated dust jacket is worn on the outer edges and the spine area particularly at the head has some paper missing ( maximum of 15mm at the head), usual rubbing marks . Interior pages are crisp and clean with little signs of tanning, foredge is uncut. Book is straight, square, and securely bound.