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FITKIN, Gretchen Mae.

The Great River.

The Story of a Voyage on the Yangtze Kiang. With an Introduction by Arthur de Carle Sowerby. Illustrated with Photographs by Donald Mennie.

Shanghai: North-China Daily News & Herald, Ltd. Kelly & Walsh Ltd., 1922 Stock Code: 143573
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First edition, scarce in commerce, and although well represented in international libraries scarce in British and Irish institutional libraries: Library Hub locates just 4 copies (BL, Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, V&A). An interesting work illustrated with photographs by Donald Mennie, who travelled widely in China in the 20s and produced a photographic record in The Pageant of Peking (1920).

Sowerby, a leading expert on Chinese natural history, comments in his foreword that "It is thoroughly in keeping with the spirit of the times that a young lady should come to China in a mood of adventure... It is the age of woman. Woman is coming into her own at a rate that alarms all but those who can read the signs of the times". We have been able to find little on the author but her book is cited in a number of recent publications on China.

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Tall octavo. Original pale khaki cloth, lettered and decorated in brown on spine and sides, map endpapers.


19 monochrome plates from photographs.


Neat contemporary inscription to front pastedown. Spine faded, sides toned. A good clean copy.


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