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VAN DER ELSKEN, Ed. Hong Kong.

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VAN DER ELSKEN, Ed. Hong Kong. [Stockport, Dewi Lewis Publishing, De Verbeelding, 1997].

Large square 4to. Original boards, lettered in silver, illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 111, [8], 111 double-and full-page size reproductions of black and white photographs; a very good copy.
First edition, first printing, and not the 2002 reprint usually encountered., posthumously published. 'Travelling leisurely by freighter-passenger ship I arrived in Hong Kong, my ship, ms TJISADANE, anchoring in the deep water between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. It was 1959, November. The loveliest of seasons, the weather fresh and balmy, a temperature of 24°, a caressing sea breeze, the sky a clear blue … I spent just two days in Hong Kong in November 1959 taking photographs. I had to leave for Japan, where I would work for three months. In mid February 1960 I returned, found a bed with hospitable Dutch friends, spent the next six weeks wlking the streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon and made a couple of trips into the New Terrirories. Shooting thousands of people phorotgraphs, as well as some townviews, cityscapes (the photgrapher on p. 3). The celebrated dutch photographer Van der Elsken had been included in Edward Steichen's 1955 Family of Man at MOMA in New York.