Sub-title:- ""An illustrated record of the primitive industries or Chinese Masses, whose life is toil, and thus an account of Chinese civilization."" Title and sub-title promise more than the book gives. The author neglects to draw the conclusions from his findings, the relations between civilization, the Chinese people and the tools they used. Merely the report of his research, into such a wide range of industries as coal mining to rice polishing, cotton ginning to laundry work, tree felling to candle making, wheelbarrows to boat building, making of earthenware with or without the potter's wheel. Detailed descriptions of the tools used in primitive China and the discussion of the processes are more or less interesting as to facts, but not general enough to make this an item for general sale or stock. Disappointing.