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LEANG-LI, T'Ang (ed.)

Reconstruction in China.

A Record of Progress and Achievement in Facts and Figures.

Shanghai: China United Press, 1935 Stock Code: 129298
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First edition, first impression, of this comprehensive propagandistic account of the reconstruction of China since the foundation of the Republic of China in January 1912. The work was simultaneously published in French and German. Leang-li (1901-1970) was a journalist and politician who, in 1929, was appointed chief of the Communications Office to Europe for the Republic. Educated in England and Vienna, Leang-li was appointed as an adviser to the Foreign Ministry in 1933 and was influential in creating an international image of life in China, both through the China Today Series, begun in 1933, of which this is Volume III, and his English Encyclopedia of Modern China. In March 1940, at the establishment of the Wang Jingwei, Leang-li assumed formal office in the regime as director of the International Publicity Bureau, until its collapse in 1945. This edition is now uncommon, with just seven copies traced institutionally in the UK, and provides a fascinating insight into how the newly established Republic wished to present itself internationally.

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Octavo. Original tan dappled cloth, titles to spine in black, bottom edge untrimmed. With the pictorial dust jacket.


With 70 photographic plates, many of which portraits of key Republic figures.


Spine very gently rolled and lightly toned, top edge foxed and faintly browned, a couple of faint marks to fore edge, small bump to upper tip of rear cover with consequent bump to rear few gatherings of book block; a very good copy in the uncommon dust jacket with significant loss to head of spine, chips to spine ends and tips, loss to head of rear panel, a couple of closed tears to edges, long split to fold of rear panel and rear flap.


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