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Romantic China: An Album Containing Thirty-two Photographic Studies of China's Historic Monuments and Charming Beauty Spots. Complete with Descriptive and Historical Notes.
Shanghai.: Browhite Arts., 1930. Shanghai.: Browhite Arts.. 1st Edition.. 1930.. The title says 32 black and white studies but in fact there are 42 photographic plates including the frontispiece, accompanied with historical and descriptive text. Textured maroon cloth covered boards, with the title and author stamped in blind and with an ornate gilt dragon device with faded gilt. First and last pages have pulled away from text block at gutter as usual, but the binding is tight and secure. The title page has light water marking along the inner top edge. Some cover edge wear and light age discolouration to margins but the images are bright and clean and of an amazing quality. The White Brothers (Herbert and Henry) went to China in 1922 as missionaries. They became fascinated with the country and as skilled photographers; they spent much time documenting what they saw. In the foreword and postscript, they describe how their missionary zeal focused on helping talented young Chinese to become self-supporting by colouring and copying their photos. Now highly sought after by collectors, this album is becoming very scarce. .
Bookseller: Asia Bookroom [Australia]

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