White, Herbert and Hu Shih. Shanghai, China: The Commercial Press, 1927. (33cm x 40cm, 13 x 15.5) 70 mounted photographic plates (tinted, sepia and 12 colored images), text illustrations and photographic frontispiece.Images are of many important monuments, buildings, shrines, palaces, pagodas, landscapes, sculptures, and Chinese people. Text is tight and very clean, photographic plates are pristine, beautiful original publishers embroidered blue silk binding with just a slight bit of rubbing and fading on the spine.
Interior is Fine, binding is VG- Fine, otherwise a beautiful fine copy. For a long time there has been a recognized need for an album on historic Peking that would embody a representative set of all the important monuments of the capital.
The very fact that so many of the ancient landmarks-priceless in their age-old glory-are being torn from their foundations and ruthlessly destroyed, makes an album of this kind not only interesting as an art volume, but a work of immeasurable value to China and to the world, as an authentic record of picturesque Peking. This copy was presented to the US Minister to China, John Van Antwerp MacMurray by the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Chengting T. Wang, on the front free endpaper.Probably a parting gift as the Minister left office. Originally called to the Bar in 1906, MacMurray pursued a career in the Foreign Service and served in a number of Far Eastern postings before becoming Minister to China in 1925.
The item "Peking the Beautiful" is in sale since Monday, April 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "rsmi2018" and is located in Austin, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.