Annie Coath Dixey, The Lion Dog of Peking
Dixey, Annie Coath. The Lion Dog of Peking, Being the Astonishing History of the Pekinese Dog. English Edition, Third Printing. 1933. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition—jacket shows light staining and minor fraying.
This wonderful book traces the evolution and social history of this uniquely Chinese dog—the Pekinese, with special attention to its aristocratic origins. It is said that the Pekinese was the favorite of the Imperial Court, and the breed was such a luxury that the working classes rarely caught a glimpse of them. Therefore, they considered them to be as mythical as dragons. In the book, the author relates that story, as well as considering the Pekinese in terms of the breed’s not-insignificant influence on Chinese art, government, fashion, and religion.
--Annie Coath Dixey