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Charming Peking: A Diary of Seven Days Spent in the Old Chinese Capital
Peking:: North China Standard,, 1930.. First edition.. Hardcover. Very Good+. Quarto. x, 44pp, with 12 tipped-in coloured illustrations by Gladys Mary Havers. With the author's 1952 gift inscription on blank page facing half title 'For Ruth / in remembrance of the good old days spent in China / Hope Danby/ Christmas 1952 / The Little Manor / Hawkhurst Kent'. Professional tissue repair to top edges of this and the following two leaves. Contents otherwise clean and fresh. Laid in are duplicates of two of the illustrations: one in a mount of thin card, which bears the artist's signature in pencil; the other tipped onto tinted paper, with an inked title and a nick to the edge. All being hand-coloured, they are not identical to those in the book. With the original pastedowns of deep golden silk. The book came to me with no covering to the upper board, but the faded patterned gold silk covering partially attached to the lower board. The case has been very nicely re-covered with a delicately textured off-white paper, and the (slightly creased) patterned silk re-attached to cover the upper board.
      [Bookseller: Chapel Books]
Last Found On: 2017-06-09           Check availability:      Biblio    

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