Original full brown textured leather with gilt titles to the upper board. Blue card endpapers. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece, numerous black and white drawings and hundreds of black and white photographs. A good copy, the binding square and secure with about two-thirds of the leather backstrip missing and chipping to the extremities. The contents with a previous owners' bookplate (Ethel Glenn Morris - it seems that the yearbooks were issued with a bookplate already in place for each student to write their name), some minor tape marking and toning to the endpapers are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout.
The 1917 college yearbook for Wellesley College, Massachusetts, introduced with a retelling of the Quest for the Golden Fleece, and containing the names and photographs of the class of 1917, as well as information and photographs regarding student societies and activities. Notably, this year features Soong Mei-ling (1898-2003), later to become Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, in her graduating year. Wife of Chiang Kai-Shek, leader of the Republic of China between 1928-1975, and sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China, Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the nation, both domestically and internationally, as well as in Chinese civic life. She graduated from Wellesley as one of the 33 "Durant Scholars" on 19th June 1917, with a major in English literature and minor in philosophy. During her time at the college she was also an active member of Tau Zeta Epsilon, Wellesley's Arts and Music Society. As a result of her education, she spoke excellent English, later helping her to connect with American audiences. An uncommon yearbook, documenting the early life of one of the most important women in modern Chinese history.
Stock code: 18407