Peking. The Chinese Painting Association of Peiping. (1932). Stock ID #159700
24 delicate hand coloured plates, each showing a costume worn in a particular role, office or occasion, such as a funeral or wedding, during the Qing Dynasty. Each plate is accompanied by a tissue guard with explanatory text in English. Foreword by Hardy Jowett.
Bound in black silk covered boards, blank cloth title label upper cover, contrasting yellow silk endpapers, black cord ties. Light even browning title page, corners on title and another leaf torn with loss, few minor closed tears edges, occasional minor soiling or marks, verso last image lightly foxed, little creasing some leaves. Silk a little worn at corners but otherwise very good. Name and two chops on title page, a short series of letters handwritten upper margin of Foreword. Chinese title in seal script. Label of the "Chinese American Publishing. The American Bookshop, Nanking Road, Shanghai" lower pastedown. A very nice copy of a scarce and beautiful volume. 31.5 x 22cm. The beautiful plates of court and other Chinese and Manchu costumes were hand coloured by members of a famous family of court painters who served for generations in the Qing Court. In his foreword Hardy Jowett states that each image is "authentic in detail and colour and wonderfully executed" and it offers "a standard portrayal of Costumes rapidly falling into disuse, some already so". A valuable and beautiful record. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 159700).
Price: $6,000.00 AU