Thanks for posting this Richard.
I should mention to others that Richard very generously contributed the Forward as well as many of his personal photographs of insignia from the Hoover Institute Collection at Stanford University.
The Order of the Double Dragon - Imperial China's Highest Western Style Honour 1882 - 1912
"The Order of the Double Dragon was Imperial China's highest Western-style honour, established at a time of profound and painful change. The forced opening of China in the 19th century brought profound shocks and a flood of foreigners from missionaries and traders to teachers, military adventurers and railway builders. Many of these individuals gave loyal service to the Qing Court which the Order of the Double Dragon sought to reward.
Conferred by the Emperor on visiting foreign statesmen, the award also symbolised China's efforts to engage the West. The insignia were beautifully made and combined elements from Eastern and Western traditions. They captured the grandeur and majesty of a Dynasty, and way of life, in terminal decline.
This book examines the history, design and symbolism of the Order of the Double Dragon against the turbulent events of late Imperial China. With almost 100 images, together with translations of the original Imperial decrees, it offers a comprehensive guide to an award with a unique and important place in history."
The book is softcover, around 90 pages, and in colour.
The cost is AUD 20, plus $8 international postage by envelope (note this doesn't cover the full postage cost). Payment can be made through Paypal.
I can be contacted on: gavgoh88(at)yahoo.com.au or through PM.
Copies will also soon be available from the Orders and Medals Society of America.