Chinese Junks. A Book of Drawings in Black & White

DONNELLY, Ivon A. Chinese Junks. A Book of Drawings in Black & White.

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DONNELLY, Ivon A. Chinese Junks. A Book of Drawings in Black & White. Shanghai, Kelly & Walsh, [1920].

Large 8vo. Original boards with affixed illustrated dust-wrapper; pp. ff. 28, [1], 24 tipped-in plates after drawings by Donnelly, illustrated title-page, full-page ilustrated list of contents; wrappers with wear to spine; otherwise a very goos copy of a great rarity.
First edition of another beautifully produced illustrated Kelly & Walsh title. The author dispells the Western prejudice that Chinese junks are barely seaworthy and impossible to navigate properly. Ivon Arthur Donnelly, a resident of Shanghai was born in 1890, travelled widely in and around Southern China and was a talented painter specialized in maritime subjects. Donnelly was an expert in Chinese ship design, as he published in 1930another title, with more text, explaining the quality of Chinese junks. In this pictorial record he explains, that 'there is no other country in the world that has a larger variety of saling craft … than China' (preface).

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