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Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City
 

Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City (Hardback, 2nd ed.)

By Naquin, Susan

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This collection of Chinese photography contains over 350 vintage postcards from pre-communist China along with extensive historical background and commentary. Camel trains arriving at a city gate; the distinctive architecture of the Forbidden City, its pagodas, imperial buildings... read full description below.

ISBN 9780804847339
Published 26 August 2016 by Tuttle Publishing
Format Hardback, 2nd ed.
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ISBN-13 9780804847339
ISBN-10 0804847339
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
Imprint Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date 26 August 2016
International Publication Date 26 July 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, 2nd ed.
Edition 2nd ed.
Author(s) By Naquin, Susan
Category History of Art
Photographs: Collections
Antiques & Collectables: Pictures, Prints & Maps
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Places & Peoples: General Interest
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 267mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 953g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Postcards - China - Beijing, Postcards - Private collections - United States, Beijing China - Pictorial works, Postcards - China - Beijing, Titus, Felicitas - Art collections
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 951.1560400222
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This collection of Chinese photography contains over 350 vintage postcards from pre-communist China along with extensive historical background and commentary. Camel trains arriving at a city gate; the distinctive architecture of the Forbidden City, its pagodas, imperial buildings and temples; Manchu fashion, the Empress Dowager and the child emperor Puyi; street performers and foreign tourists all come to life again in this extraordinary collection of rare and vintage postcards. Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City offers a unique look at a vanished China and its storied capital once known as Peking. Containing unique black-and-white and hand-tinted cards that span Chinese history from the last years of Imperial China to the Japanese invasion of 1937, it is a treasure trove for historians, collectors, Sinophiles and anyone fascinated by Chinese culture and people from times past.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Felicitas Titus's wonderful book not only brings us the sights of a city now greatly changed, it will help future generations understand the pleasure and excitement caused by the sending and receiving of a few words scribbled on a bright small picture from a faraway place. Susan Naquin, author of Peking: Temples and City Life

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Author's Bio

Felicitas Titus grew up in the foreign concession in Hankow, China, under Chiang Kai-shek, at a time when traditional Chinese culture still flourished. She visited old Beijing, then known as Peking, as a child and later studied there for two and a half years, during World War Two. She experienced the Japanese attack on Shanghai in 1937, left Hankow during the allied bombardments, and worked in postwar China until the Communist victory in 1949. She eventually completed her education in the United States and taught college there. Her nostalgia for China prompted her to begin collecting these vintage postcards. She still considers China her homeland. Foreword writer, Susan Naquin is professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, is the author of Millenarian Rebellion in China, Shantung Rebellion, and Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400 1900. She is also coauthor with Evelyn Rawski of Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century and coeditor of Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China.

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