People in China. Thirty-two photographic studies from life. - Ellen Thorbecke, Schiff [illustrator] 1935 - George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition A lovely copy, in the original dust jacket. With an introduction by W. J. R. Thorbecke. Illustrated with one colour plate by F. H. Schiff and 32 mounted photographic plates.   In the 1930's, Dutch photographer Ellen Thorbecke took a series of photos in China with the use of many experimental techniques. Her portraits covered a wide range of people, including an industrialist, a peddler, a student, a country woman, a soldier and so on. Accompanied with every portrait, there was a brief biography about the person. Like her photos, those "micro stories" composed a "macro view" of the Chinese society. While most Westerners were interested in “typical scenes” of China, Thorbecke went beyond producing stock photography by telling the story behind each photo and thus depicting the deeper layer of the Chinese society. [Dr. Chong-ho Yu]

Illustrated by Friederich Schiff, an Austrian artist, prolific cartoonist whose work appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East. They had previously collaborated in 1934 on
Peking Studies and on a similar guide book Shanghai in 1938. Ellen's People in China was published in 1935.

Provenance: Edith S. Burt with her name dated London 1941.

4to. pp. 141. Original illustrated half cloth in pictorial dust jacket, front flap price ‘15/-net’.
  Condition: Near fine, extremities lightly rubbed, offsetting to half title, occasional scattered foxing, in very good unclipped dust jacket, minor chipping to spine ends and corners, and along upper edge of panels, spine toned and rubbed.   Ref: 107199   Price: HK$ 5,800