THORBECKE, Ellen. People in China. Thirty-two Photographic Studies from Life … With an introduction by Dr W.J.R. Thorbecke, Formerly Netherlands Minister to China. London, Harrap, .
Large 4to. Original cloth-backed lithographically illustrated boards with dust-wrapper replicating the design; pp. 141, , one colour plate after a watercolour, mounted photogravure illustrations; wrapper a little frayed at margins, light offsetting from endpapers; otherwise fine; presentation inscription, dated 1938 by T.J. E. A. Hopkins 'of China' on front fly-leaf.
First edition. A fine collaboration between the Dutch author-photographer and Friedrich Schiff (1908-1968) who was born in Austria and came to China in 1930 where he worked as caricaturist for several newspapers and illustrated books. Ellen Thorbecke, née Catleen, was the wife of the Dutch ambassador to China, a Sinophile, who wrote a few books on Shanghai and other Chinese cities, all splendid book productions, as here.