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HAS ORIGINAL CARDBOARD BOX COVER AND METAL BOX COVER. The Pageant Of Peking Comprising Sixty-Six Vandyck Photogravures Of Peking And Environs From Photographs By Donald Mennie Author : Introduction by Putnam Weale, Descriptive Notes by S. Couling Illustrator : Donald Mennie Publisher : A. Watson & Co Place Of Publication: Shanghai, China Date of Publication: 1922 Edition : Third Edition.
Donald Mennie (1875/1876 - 1941)was a Scottish businessman and amateur photographer who worked in early twentieth century China. Mennie was born in Scotland in 1875 or 1876 being aged 15 when listed as a chemists apprentice in the Scottish census of April 1891 for a residence in Main street, Golspie, Sutherlandshire with 2 younger brothers by name of James and Adam and apparently an elder brother Archbald Argo as head of household. His brother appears to also a chemist. Little is known of Mennie's early years or how he came to China, but having arrived there by.1899 he first worked as an assistant in the firm of Mactavish & Lehman & Co. In Peking (now Beijing) and then joined A. By 1934 Watson & Co was listed as'Wholesale & Retail Chemists, Druggists, & wine, spirit, & cigar merchants; Dealer in all kinds of photographic chemicals & apparatus'. From 1920 until his death in 1941, Mennie was a very powerful entrepreneur in coastal China. Donald Mennie died in Shanghai in January 1944 aged 69/70. Lungwha camp historian Greg Leck reported that Mennie's name appears on a list of British internees in Shanghai, with a Lunghwa Camp number and "Lunghwa" next to his name. Mennies first known work as a photographer were the illustrations in duotone to Elizabeth Coopers'My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard', a story of women's lives in China published in New York in 1914 which went into a number of reprints. He evidently began extensive travels in these years and went on to publish his own photobooks beginning in 1920 with a soft cover and relatively modest album of 30 vandyke photogravures China by Land & Water published by A. Some of his published images were hand-coloured. His subjects evoked a romantic vision of "antique China", featuring dusty caravans, misty rural valleys, old palaces, and the Great Wall of China. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. JA1020 - 16788 photos 20200108 173114 1980-01f. The item "1922 PAGEANT OF PEKING Donald Mennie Shanghai China Original Boxed RARE Book HB" is in sale since Saturday, September 5, 2020.
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