SHIH, Chao-Ying, and Chi-Hsien CHANG [editors]. The Chinese Year Book 1936-37. Second Issue. Shanghai, Commercial Press for The Chinese Year Book Publishing Company, [November, 1936].
8vo. Original maroon cloth, lettering in Chinese and English in gilt; pp. viii, , [ix]-xii, , 1596, [4, advertisements]; folding table, two folding maps (one in colour); minimal rubbing to cloth, internally only light toning or occasional spotting; a very good copy of a great rarity.
Both editors were political scientists and members of Nanjing Council of International Affairs. This impressive yearbook is one of the largest and best compilations of data on the politics, administration, society and infrastructure of China at the time.
The Nanjing decade, or Golden Decade under Chiang Kai-shek saw an average GDP growth of 3.9% per year, which was ended by the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. This could account as well for the rarity of the volume.