Jinling gu ji ming sheng ying ji [Famous Ancient Monuments of Nanjing] - Nanking.

ZHU Ji (1936.)

£850.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Text in English and Chinese. Large 8vo. Original decorated silk boards in dust-jacket (damaged). Some wear to head- and tail-caps. Overall still a very good copy inside. Bookplate from the library of Keith G. Stevens. [iv], 96pp. Shanghai, Commercial Press, printed in the 25th year of the Republic, i.e.

Keith G. Stevens (1926-2016) was a noted expert on Chinese Gods, Spirits and Demons. Having served in the 5th Royal Gurkha regiment in WWII he studied Chinese at SOAS before re-joining the army. He published numerous articles on the subject culminating in "Chinese Gods, The Unseen World of Spirits and Demons. 1997". A manuscript label stuck to the front of the wrapper: "Nanking is not as picturesque as this book would indicate. The city is bomb-scarred, dusty and dilapidated." A fascinating photographic record of ancient monuments, graves, walls, architecture, and sculpture of the old capital of Nanjing many of which have now disappeared. Rare. 

Stock Code: 223992

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