Publisher Shanghai, China Kelly & Walsh, Limited 1926
Illustrator Crane, Kent
Seller ID 006385
Copyright 1926; so stated. Printed at the Press of Kelly and Walsh, Limited, Shanghai, China. 11.25 x 8.75 inches. Bound in cream buckram, with crisp gilt-stamped titling and crisp gilt- and orange-stamped decoration to the front board, with gilt lettering also to the spine. Light rubbing and minor soiling to the binding. Virtually no shelf rubbing along the bottom edge of the boards. Very gentle bumping to the spine tail, and with sharp corners. The text block is firmly bound in. Lovely decorative pastedowns/FEPs, with no blemishes. xx and 227 numbered pages. Color frontispiece, A Typical Peking Shop Front." With all 102 "signs" called for, all in full color and aggregated on 34 pages. Plus 10 full-page B&W documentary photographs, a pen drawing of A Shanghai Medicine Shop (light fingering mark in the margin, outside the drawing), a B&W reproduction of The Western Heaven, a yellow, red and black pull-out illustration of The Geomancer's Compass (in pristine condition), and a magnificent, three-page, full-color pullout, The Catafalque Division of a Typical Peking Funeral Procession (in pristine condition). The colors are vibrant and the plates are immensely clean, unless otherwise noted. Also with a decorative red-orange initial at the beginning of each chapter. Many pages with deckled fore-edge and bottom-edge to a handsome effect. The half title page and the title page with a 10-inch diagonal crease. A few tiny blotches in the right margin of pages 81-82 and 212-216, trivial. Else a very clean copy. Very gently read. Lacking the dust jacket. Rated a Very Good copy and with Near Fine color plates. This is a lovely, bright example of a scarce work. You are unlikely ever to encounter a finer copy. A compendium of trade signs of China's merchants and professionals.