MENNIE, Donald, photographer (1875-1941)
The Pageant of Peking. Comprising Sixty-six Vandyck Photogravures of Peking and Environs ... With an Introduction by Putnam Weale. Descriptive notes by S. Coulie.
Shanghai: Published by A. S. Watson, printed and bound by Kelly & Walsh, 1922. Folio. (15 x 11 inches). Title and text printed in red and black. 66 photogravures by Mennie, each tipped to larger sheets within a printed border with captions to the facing images on verso. Calligraphic manuscript presentation leaf bound preceding the title, signed by the trustees and vestry of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Shangahi.
Publisher's blue silk, upper cover decorated and lettered in gilt. Housed in a contemporary custom carved wooden box with Chinese motifs, velvet lining.
Provenance: Lord John Hubbard, 3rd Baron Addington (presentation inscription)
A spectacular collection of photographs of early 20th-century Beijing and the surrounding countryside: special presentation copy housed in a wonderful carved wooden box.
Includes images of the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and scenes of shopkeepers, merchants, travelers and monks going about their business. Mennie was a Scottish entrepreneur and amateur photographer, who first came to China in circa 1899. His first published work as a photographer were the illustrations in Elizabeth Cooper's My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard, a story of women's lives in China (New York,1914), with his own photobooks first appearing in 1920. The Pageant of Peking was his most successful and best known work, first published in November 1920. This copy stated third edition on verso of the half title, published in February 1922.