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CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE AMERICAN M
[China c.1897.]Half leather over brocade silk, most of spine. gone, else very good, 69 b.w. photos, most are 14.5 x 9 cm.,. some panoramas 8.5 x 30 cm., one large photo 27 x 21.5 cm.. all edge gilt, clean solid copy. Q U I T E R A R E. A very unusual album of photographs showing the tour of what appears to be American Business community members & their wives. Arrival in Kwantung, tour of the Ming tombs, panoramic ! * Photos of early Canton area, sea coast, the Great Wall, a trip up the Yangtze, city streets, river/canal scenes, elegant banquets with High Chinese military & political figures, and the last & largest photograph depicts the whole group of American & Kwantung Chinese Merchant Advisory Board in a commemorative photograph. * Also some excellent images of an early and primitive Macao, lovely panoramas of that old Portuguese city, the hills around city, river & bay with the city rising up the gentle slope, with a good number of old Chinese junks anchored in the harbor. * The Chinese title above the grand panorama reads: "Guang Dong Zhi Xin Ju Haun Yin Mei Guo Sang Hui Ji Nian:" "IN COMMEMMORATION OF THE WELCOMING OF THE AMERICAN MERCHANT ASSOCIATION BY THE CANTON ADVISORY BOARD." * Consists of about 22 pages of tipped in clear, bright & good focus original photographs. The most fascinating of them is the last group memorial photo of the Canton Advisory Board & all of the Americans & their wives, as posed for the camera. In the front row are what one may assume are the most prominent and important members. * Central to one American who has a striking resemblance to the Roosevelt [yes the Famous Roosevelts !!!] family, is a very gaunt & small Chinese holding a long stick, with a flag, wearing a traditional long Chinese robe. One other Chinese is seated in the front row, and he is a be speckled solid man with an alert bearing. Other members are standing behind in ordered rows, with an occasional American naval officer peeking in from the left and a few small Chinese boys also peeking in from the far right in bewilderment. Many of the members also hold some sort of a commemorative flag, with the Advisory Board name embroidered upon it. * The whole group is found before a most handsome and great Chinese architectural building with elaborate windows. The album is without any text whatsoever, but based on the title found on the last photograph, one can deduce the rest. Of particular interest is a nice photo of a Chinese altar. This has an embroidered cloth over it, with Chinese characters that read: Guan Xi Er Si San Nian Men [?] Ji dan or Twenty- third year of Guangxi ie 1897, Birthday to indicate an auspicious day for a religious festive day, thus the Chinese brought the Americans to the temple to celebrate the happy occasion. * Other photographs clearly represent a graphic record of the arrival to Canton, the places they were guided to by the Advisory Board members, archaeological monuments, old shrines, the Great Wall [indicating a trip to the North], temples, Ming tombs, with a host of wonderful street scenes, Macau views, nice photos of the local Chinese and the jaunty Americans in straw hats, canes, spats, while the American women wore great hats, long skirts and long-sleeved white blouses as the posed for the camera. They were often conveyed in mule-drawn carts with a Chinese groom leading them. * Other travel was by ship up and down the canals of Canton, photos of the Government buildings, altars, roof tops [from their hotel room ??] showing the city, the bay with ships, and a trip up the Yangtze [?] or some other great river in a motor boat, showing their Occidental crew beside a very well set table. A poignant view of a slow-paced China of a past century. * Albums of this subject, are always SCARCE, full of great period original photographs and views of China & Macao. A lovely record taken by a member of the American group for posterity. * Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .
      [Bookseller: Rare Oriental Book Company, ABAA, ILAB]
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