Ma Semaine.

NACHBAUR Albert (1927].)


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One of a limited edition of 50 copies, this copy no. 3 of 25 copies on paper "Auvergne a la cuve". An exceptional copy richly illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs. Colour lithograph title-page. Small folio. Original orange silk, with colour tipped-in title-vignette on top board, edges worn, minor creasing to several pages, but overall still a very good copy. Signed dedication on colophon page from the author to O. Nordquist, dated: Pekin, August, 24, 1927. [ii](colophon), 139, [iv](blanks)pp. [Peking], Nachbaur, [n.d., but 

Albert Nachbaur (1879-1933) was born into a family of French architects and decorators. He emigrated to China after the start of World War I and arrived in Beijing in February 1916. Initially he worked as an editor for the Journal de Peking, a French newspaper with socialist leanings. Subsequently set up his own French language news agency providing a link between the Russian, French and the Chinese governments. It appears that he passed on important information to the Chinese Republican Government during the Washington Naval Conference for which he was awarded a high Chinese honour. At the same time he worked as a publisher, bookseller, and journalist. He was particularly interested in Chinese religion as well as popular customs and traditions. Ma Semaine [My week] is an extraordinary (semi-fictional?), privately published account written in the style of a diary. It covers the period from January 1st until June 12th, 1927. In it Nachbaur records his sexual and other exploits in and around Peking. This special hand-coloured copy was presented to Olof Nordquist (1890-1941), the Director of Postal Services in China (must have been some favour!). Unrecorded. No copy in OCLC. 

Stock Code: 231407

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