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CHINA. SUN YAT-SEN. Kidnapped in London  Being the Story of My Capture By, And Detention At, And Release From The Chinese Legation, London, J.J. Arrowsmith Ltd. [1897] c.1906
portrait frontis. edges slightly stained, 134 + 2 pp. advert. cr.8vo, original printed wrappers faded and soiled, spine worn,
This is an early issue. The advert pages show four novels by Anthony Hope including 'Sophy of Kravonia' first printed in 1906. UCLC records 6 issues of 'Kidnapped' with the date 1897 without specifying the issue. After the first Guangzhou Uprising failed in 1895, Sun fled China with a price on his head. In London in 1896 Sun Yat-sen was kidnapped London while on a visit to his mentor Sir James Cantlie – the Scottish physician who founded the medical college which became Hong Kong University. The Chinese Imperial Secret Service planned to smuggle him back to China to execute him for his revolutionary actions. He was released after 12 days through the efforts of Cantlie, The Globe, The Times, and the Foreign Office, making Sun a hero in Britain and the most famous Chinese revolutionary in the Western world.

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