Imperial Woman Pearl S. Buck 1956 HB DJ BCE Pub. The John Day Company Tzu Hsi, the last Emperess of China, usually known to Westerners as the Empress Dowager, or 'Old Budda', how little the West really knows of her!. This is the first book in English and is the whole story of this fabulous woman. She was born into violent and troubled times, in the last century of China's empire. A powerful and beautiful woman who held the empire and the dynasty from the 1860's until her death in 1908 at the age of 74. HB BCE with DJ and has 402 pages.DJ: good/some chips and tears, Covers: good/has tear in spine area at top, Pages: very good/tiny water stain at top.