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The Grandeur of the Gorges - Donald Mennie

1926 - A. S. Watson &, Shanghai - First Edition, number 699 of 1, 000 numbered copies.
A fine first edition of this important work containing twelve hand-tinted gelatin silver prints and thirty eight photogravures [15x21cm], each tipped-in from photographs taken by Donald Mennie. Enhanced with pen and ink sketches by Lt.Col. H. G. Gandy and descriptive notes by Lieut.-Comdr. H. Foote Carey opposite each plate. Introduction by Marc T. Greene, and preface by Mennie.

Mennie “took the pictures during two trips on the upper Yangtze River in China: the first on a steamer from Ichang to Chungking, during poor weather, and the second between Ichang and Wan Hsien. The book ends at Chungking, “the great metropolis of Western China”, 1,400 miles from the sea. His apocalyptic vision of the city is seen across the 700 yard stretch of turbulent water where the current was so strong it could take an hour to cross. Between the angry, storm filled sky, and the reflecting, threatening water, the scale of the city is compacted into a strange and ominous shape.” [National Galleries of Scotland]
 
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Price HK$ 16,000