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J. Wirtky (Walter Johannes Wirtky)
Sudd. Lichtdruck Anstalt, Stuttgart, 1935. Text in German and English. Illustrations in black and white. Original string bound covers with "Shanghai" in Chinese and English on front. Oblong quarto. Internally clean, tight and very good. Very rare photographic album depicting Shanghai scenes and customs by Walter Johannes Wirtky, circa 1935. Illustrated with 31 multiple sepia photographic plates (each overlaid with tissue guards). Contains nearly 70 photographic illustrations showing streets, temples and social life of Shanghai during 1930s, such as "up the Whangpoo to Shanghai", "Foochow djunk", "Soochow creek", "Nanking road", "bubbling well road", "avenue edward VII", "temple scenes", "Chinese wedding", "cultivating the rice-field", and others. Walter Johannes Wirtky born in Germany in 1902, was a German photographer who came to China in 1933. As an independent photographer providing works for European and American companies as tourist souvenirs, he took a large number of excellent photos of China, but most of them were lost except for a few works that survived when he moved from Shanghai to Beijing to avoid the war in 1945. This makes his work extremely valuable. Size: 12X8.3X0.2 inches 32 pages. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Nanya art and fine books [Hangzhou, China]
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