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Legends of Ancient China - (Chinese Silhouette Cutwork) - 1930. 
Chefoo, China: Temple Hill Cut-outs, c. 1930 or earlier. Hardcover. Fine. Oblong 8vo. Eight leaves of handmade heavy paper interleaved with text leaves printed on glassine. Each page has a silhouette intricately cut out of black paper and mounted. Bound in a Chinese-style binding with woven tapestry covers depicting a stream, pagodas, bridge, village and water bird, all in shades of green, beige and brown.The firs page contains a cutout of two figures, one in a boat, and the other on land with a tree and the title cut out of its branches. Thereafter are pictures of the seven legends with an English description facing on glassine: stories of children, frogs, the friend who failed, all popular legends of ancient China. With a letterpress sheet laid in describing the intricate process of making the silhouettes.A fine exemplar. A production of the Women's Bible School, Self-help Dept., Presbyterian Mission, Chefoo (now Yantai). The mission was established in 1899.
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