The Yangtze Gorges.
In Pictures and Prose. A Souvenir of the Yangtze Gorges.Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh Limited, [c.1935] Stock Code: 129303
First edition, first impression, of this photographic tour of the Yangtze River. The author, travelling from Yichang to Chongqing on a steamer, narrates the trip, detailing the geography, scenery, and culture of the places visited. The text is accompanied by 56 full page illustrations, providing a stunning guide to the river as it was in the period between the Chinese National Revolution of 1928 and the Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949. Some of the scenes portrayed here were unfortunately destroyed during the building of the Three Gorges Dam, completed in 2012, which flooded a number of archaeological and cultural sites. This attractive work is highly uncommon, with just two copies traced institutionally in the UK.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover in gilt, brown endpapers. With the illustrated dust jacket.
Captions in English and French. Large folding colour map and 56 photographic plates.
Slight rubbing to extremities and spine joints, a couple of small marks to cloth, loss of gilt to spine and a little to front cover, front inner hinge just starting, a very good, fresh, copy in the uncommon, browned, jacket with tape repair to both sides, slight chips to spine ends and tips, closed tear to head of fold of front panel and spine, short closed tear to foot of front panel, creasing to extremities, abrasion to rear panel.
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