FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing

FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing

FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing
The Shop Signs of Peking. Published: Peking; Chinese Painting Association of Peking, 1931. Condition: Very good (please see full item description for details). Description: 18 leaves, 10 x 13.25 inches, oblong, in original string-tied brocade boards with mounted paper label. A few spots of loss to the brocade, offsetting from silver paint to adjacent pages, light soiling to title page, all else very good. Printed in an edition of just 100 copies, this volume contains 101 hand-colored illustrations with captions in English and Chinese, translating the purely pictorial signs into written form. Historically, Chinese shops used pictorial signs due to low literacy rates in the local population.

In these cases, centuries-old local traditions prevailed. Fung writes: ÃThe wine flag can be recognized from a great distance, when one wants to satisfy his thirst, he will not have to strain his optic nerves to get what he wants; they are as conspicuous as the barber poles in Western Countries....

The only explanation that I can give for the existence of these pictorial signs is that in the former times the percentage of illiteracy among the people was very low. Therefore it is plain to see that these signs will gradually disappear as they are no longer necessary.

So it is very advisable for those who are interested in things Chinese to add a copy of this album to their collection in Orientalia. Condition Descriptions Defined: We grade our books and dust jackets using the traditional language of the antiquarian book trade. In brief: Fine is the highest grade and means essentially as new, without visible faults or defects; Near Fine means approaching fine, but with one or more very minor defects or faults, which will be noted; Very Good means the book shows some general (but not too offensive) signs of wear and use, which will be noted; Good means the book is complete and intact, but has more wear or some internal markings. Any ex-library book will be graded no higher than Good, even if it is otherwise a very nice copy.

Again, all flaws will be noted. We rarely offer any books in Fair or Poor condition, but if we do, the reasons for the grade will be evident from the photo(s) and description.

Please notify us in advance of any return. About us: Walkabout Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). The item "FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing" is in sale since Thursday, October 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "walkaboutbooks" and is located in Curtis, Washington.

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  • Subject: Exploration and Travel
  • Topic: Asia
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Special Attributes: 1st edition
  • Publisher: Chinese Painting Association of Peking
  • Publication Year: 1931
  • Publication Location: Peking

  • FUNG Shop Signs of Peking 1931 China Beijing


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