Peking. Geleitwort von Arthur Holitscher

PERCKHAMMER, Heinz von. Peking. Geleitwort von Arthur Holitscher.

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PERCKHAMMER, Heinz von. Peking. Geleitwort von Arthur Holitscher. Berlin, Albertus Verlag, 1928.

Small folio. Original blue cloth with illustrated wrappers; pp. xx; 200, full-page half-tone photographic illustrations numbered 1-200 with captions below in German, English, French and Spanish, and one map of Beijing; wrappers rubbed and chipped at edges, slightly marked, otherwise very good.
First edition, probably the earlier issue in cloth with illustrated wrappers and not in boards with typographical wrappers, one erratum line on title-verso. A series of delicate and beautiful images of Beijing by the German photographer von Perckhammer (1895-1965), depicting the city's architecture, inhabitants, and landmarks, with polyglot titles beneath. Von Perckhammer had travelled through China and Macau in the 1920s, and, in addition to this work, also published Edle Nacktheit in China (Berlin: 1928; issued in English as The Culture of the Nude in China also published in Berlin in 1928) and Von China und Chinesen (Zurich: 1930), which was published in Britain under the title China and the Chinese (London: 1931), and mainly depicts scenes in Beijing.