The Hung Society - Ward & Stirling (First edn)
Subtitled, 'The Society of Heaven and Earth', this work is an important publication for those interested in the origins, ideals and rites of the Chinese secret society. The organised crime organisation, the Triads, are a branch of the Hung Society. The three volumes of this set consist of colonial Western scholarly writings on Chinese secret societies, dating from the early nineteenth century to the mid-20th century. Authors were scholars, missionaries, and colonial officials. It is important to note that Ward was a freemason and saw the society through that lens, and happily for that approach, there is more attention given to ideals and ritual than would otherwise have been the case.
London: Baskerville Press, 1925. Three hardback volumes: xv+180 pages; viiii+196 pages; vi+148 pages.
Edition, volume and condition. The Hung Society; or The Society of Heaven and Earth. J.S.M. Ward & W.G. Stirling. London: Baskerville Press. 1925. First limited edition of 1500 sets, this copy unnumbered. Three Volumes. Bound in publisher's red cloth titled and decorated in gilt to spines and front boards. Slight fading to spines, minor bumping and edgewear, most visible on volume three, all three vols have slight bumping to corners, nevertheless all very good solid copies of a scarce work. Internally clean.